Interns Make a Difference in School-Based Mental Health
Joel Lightfoot was used to jumping out of
airplanes as a U.S. Army Paratrooper before
the University of Maryland student came to
GUIDE for his social work internship. He
quickly learned that social work practice has
its own unique ups and downs.
Dr. Larry Epp (r rear) is pictured with clinical interns and supervisors from the 2008-2009 LTL Program. Front l to r: J. Lightfoot, S.
Shin, A. Clark, K. Lowinger, R. Hale. Back l to r: E. Diaz, S. Berta, K Keteltas, S. Boynton.
Sang Min Shin, an intern from Johns Hopkins'
Clinical Counseling Program, came to GUIDE
wanting to learn enough about school mental
health to bring it back to her native Korea.
"In Korea, we don't even have school
counseling as you do in the United States,"
Sang Min noted. "In fact, it is a taboo in the
Korean culture to ask someone how they
feel." Sang Min wants to start the first
school-based mental health program in Korea
when she returns and use some of the
counseling techniques she learned from her
mentors Eileen Diaz, LGPC, and Larry Epp,
Addy Clark was a case manager at GUIDE who
wanted to move into the mental he
Joel completed his internship under Kristy
Keteltas, LCSW-C, within GUIDE's school-
based mental health program at Forest Oak
Middle School. Joel offered individual, group,
and family counseling to students and their
parents under Kristy's mentorship. "Joel's
counseling group became so popular he could
fill up a classroom wall to wall with boys,"
Kristy said. Many of these students may have
been reluctant to come to counseling in the
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