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Welcome to the Handspring Institute

Become part of a valuable information sharing resource aimed at strengthening the state of mental healthcare in our schools.

We partner closely with school mental health professionals and their institutions to host monthly webinars on topics ranging from CBT skills, mindfulness, school refusal, and more. 

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Events

Upcoming

Join us for a comprehensive one-hour presentation delving into the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in addressing panic disorder among children and teenagers. From understanding the unique challenges of panic disorder in youth to practical strategies for intervention and coping mechanisms, attendees will gain valuable insights into how to provide CBT with the goal of empowering young individuals to manage and overcome their symptoms.

Dr. Jenna Hennessy
April 2, 2024
12 pm ET
Upcoming

It is estimated that one in 12 children in the United States of America will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they turn 18 (JAG, 2023). This roughly translates to two-three students per classroom. In Dr. Heitkemper's presentation, attendees will embark on a journey to comprehend the multifaceted impacts of grief on a student's developmental journey and academic trajectory. By delving into research-backed insights and real-world anecdotes, participants will enhance their toolbox of grief resources and gain invaluable skills to navigate sensitive conversations with grieving students and families.

Stephanie Heitkemper
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Ph.D.
May 7, 2024
12 pm ET
Past

Many school mental health professionals find they struggle to make meaningful headway with students when parents and caregivers are inadvertently reinforcing behavioral escalations (e.g. lowering expectations for the student's functioning in the face of threats to harm self/others, property destruction, etc.). This webinar will focus on providing school mental health professionals with tangible strategies and protocols to help caregivers plan ahead for these "extinction bursts" on the path to supporting students in developing more effective self-management skills.

Amanda Edwards
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LCSW
October 24, 2023
1-2 pm ET
Past

Racism unfortunately continues to impact the lives of our young people. However, it can be hard, as clinicians, to know how to efficiently conceptualize the impacts of these racism-related experiences in ways that clarify avenues for offering support and healing. In this webinar, you will learn how to flexibly adapt your treatment plans for such experiences when working with youth who identify as persons of color. Specifically, this webinar will demonstrate how to conduct a REACH-Informed Case
Conceptualization - a conceptualization format that helps clinicians clarify sources of racism-related stress, the impact of this stress, and treatment options for supporting youth with the racism-related stresses they encounter. We will likely have time for 1-2 attendees to seek consultation about their own cases, so feel tree to bring a case to potentially discuss.

Ryan C.T. DeLapp
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Ph.D.
February 6, 2024
12 pm ET
Past

This webinar will focus on evidence-based social-emotional and mindful learning practices. Bridging research and practice, we will review rationale for these practices as well as ways to apply them in schools. Experiential exercises and concrete strategies will be provided to enhance well-being for both educators and students, and resources will be shared for continued learning in these areas.

Dr. Monica Shah
March 5, 2024
12 pm ET

School Mental Health Staff are putting our sessions to work

“I thought the information was very helpful. It was concise and informative. These are things I can incorporate right away.”

PA School Counselor

“Great realistic strategies shared with real examples. Love that it was very specific and straight to the point.”

PA School Counselor

“The speaker was amazing! Thoughtful with words and guidance and really easy to understand. Thank you!”

NC School Counselor

Meet Handspring

We offer a holistic approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for pediatric patients, Behavioral Parent Training for their families, and updates along the way for their care providers.

No waitlists
Locally licensed therapists
Free resources for School Mental Health Professionals

Improve Mental Health In Your School Community

We work with entire schools and school districts to educate teachers, administrators, social workers, and parents so that everyone can learn the benefits of working with Handspring.

Meet our Team

Our therapists are licensed locally and specially trained in children’s and teen’s mental health care. Here are a few members of our network.

Aliza Kaplan, LCSW

Expertise in Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Childhood Trauma

Megan Martino, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Parenting, Grief and Loss

Nicole Bieniasz, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, and Parenting

Robyn Banker, LPC, NCC

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Trauma, Family Systems, Parenting, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions

Aliza Kaplan, LCSW

Expertise in Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Childhood Trauma

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Megan Martino, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Parenting, Grief and Loss

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Nicole Bieniasz, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, and Parenting

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Robyn Banker, LPC, NCC

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Trauma, Family Systems, Parenting, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions

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Lauren O’Connell, LPC, ACS

Areas of expertise: Child/Family Therapy, Parenting Issues, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, School Anxiety/Avoidance, Attention Deficit Disorders, Trauma, Depression, Stress Management, Child Abuse/Neglect (Child Welfare)

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Lindsay Gonyeau, LCSW

Expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, child/family therapy, parenting, adjusting to life changes.

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Allie Herman, LPC

Expertise in Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Personality Disorders

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Megan Pelko, LPC

Expertise in Anxiety, Emotional Dysregulation

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Molly Cohen, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Parenting

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Michael Rodriguez, LPC

Areas of expertise: trauma, mood disorders, emotional dysregulation

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Julianne Wiebalk, LPC

Areas of expertise: trauma, depression, behavioral challenges, co-occurring disorders

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Natasha Georges, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety, Trauma, and Depression

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Aurora Butler, LMHC

Expertise: Anxiety, Depression

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Serena Bednarczyk, LPC

Expertise in Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders

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Anthony Savio, LPC

Expertise in Behavioral Difficulties, Anxiety, Depression

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Katerina Tegeler, LPC

Expertise in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

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Jasmine Owarish-Gross, LCSW

Expertise in Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression

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Shanna Yarush, LPC

Expertise in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression

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Alexis Volonakis, LMHC

Expertise in Depression, Family Systems, Life Transitions, Trauma

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Ryan Hutchings, LMFT

Expertise in Trauma, Family Systems, Depression, Anxiety

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Larissa Saveri, LPC

Expertise in Depression, Anxiety

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David Carroll, LMHC

Expertise: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and Parenting

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Elizabeth Hahn, LCSW

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Susannah Halsey, LPC

Expertise in Trauma, Grief, and Life Transitions

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Kellie McIntyre, LPC

Expertise in Anxiety, Trauma, Depression, Life Transitions

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Tierra Henry, LPC

Expertise in Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Oppositional Behaviors

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Shayla St James, LCMHC

Expertise in Depression, Anxiety

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Alyssa DiLeo, LCSW

Expertise in Depression, Anxiety, Domestic Violence

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Families love Handspring

“Every aspect has been great so far. The onboarding process was quick and easy - everyone was so professional, responsive, and compassionate. Our child was quickly matched with a therapist with a suitable personality, style, and approach. My child used to dread therapy - now he looks forward to it!Additionally, the parents needs are being addressed as well - the option to have that support is invaluable!”

Handspring Mom, NJ

“My son is slowly warming up to counseling but we are making strides and I am seeing glimmers of progress. It’s been about 2 months and I am very happy with how things have gone so far and looking forward to continued progress as school starts.”

Handspring Mom, FL

“I have seen a huge improvement in the way my daughter communicates, manages her emotions, and behaves since she started her weekly sessions. I am so grateful to see such a positive impact with her and within a short period of time. Tried other solutions and none worked. Thankful for Handspring services helping our family.”

Handspring Mom, NJ