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Haley Carpenter

Psychiatric Services Coordinator

Personal Approach

I began my career at Blue Ridge as a Field Instructor in the Spring of 2016. I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but I felt like I had found my niche for the first time in my life. I have always felt a strong connection to nature especially in times when I felt little hope for the future. Nature always reminded me to keep pushing through.

Another great passion of mine is people and learning about each person as their own unique masterpiece. People are so interesting and I always strived to get on a deeper level with others. When I found Blue Ridge, I found the perfect environment to connect with nature and dive into the human experience.

As the Psychiatric Services Coordinator, my role is to act as a liaison for our psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Braunstein: Each week, I facilitate Telehealth appointments with Dr. Braunstein and track what the students are reporting and what medication changes need to be made.

I also visit the students in the field every week to help facilitate health checks. During these visits, I meet with students individually to assess if they have any concerns with their medication. As the point of contact for all communication related to our psychiatric services and medication management, I facilitate the connection between Dr. Braunstein, families, and the rest of the Clinical Team.

Personal Experience

I myself learned from watching the students learn and grow and I applied it to my personal experience. I became invested in the students and myself in the process and have never felt so powerful in my life before Blue Ridge.

The woods are a magical place, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to witness it all. I've had many roles at Blue Ridge over the years: Field instructor, EA coordinator, Academic Coordinator, Transporter, Student Services Coordinator, and now, I am the Psychiatric Services Coordinator. I'm grateful to be back.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking yummy food.