School-Based Counseling

Project 180 offers school-based counseling services in our partner schools by ensuring access to CHRIS 180 therapists and Community Behavioral Specialists for youth and families in each partner school on a full-time basis. All Project 180 clinical staff are trained in Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework (What is ARC?) and apply the framework in their service delivery and approach.

Partner Schools

Usher-Collier Elementary School

Welcome to the Lion's Pride, where every student is being equipped to learn, lead, and roar!  Our goal at Bazoline E. Usher Elementary School is simple.  We expect all students to learn and achieve to their highest potential, as the faculty and staff work to ensure a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for all students to excel in.  We are excited about the all the wonderful things that we have in store for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  We hope you will join us on our triumphal journey to success and student achievement. 

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/usher

Scott Elementary School

William J. Scott donated the property on which Scott Elementary is now housed to Atlanta Public Schools. He was a Baptist minister who ministered to Georgians in many different areas of the state. He made the donation of land because of his strong desire to advocate for children's education. Since that donation, William J. Scott Elementary School has continued to advocate the rights of all the students that enroll in this outstanding establishment.

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/11005

Scott Elementary School

William J. Scott donated the property on which Scott Elementary is now housed to Atlanta Public Schools. He was a Baptist minister who ministered to Georgians in many different areas of the state. He made the donation of land because of his strong desire to advocate for children's education. Since that donation, William J. Scott Elementary School has continued to advocate the rights of all the students that enroll in this outstanding establishment.

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/11005

Thomasville Heights Elementary School

Our mission is to provide a challenging and nurturing learning environment where all children are empowered to develop their unique talents and are prepared to positively contribute in an increasingly complex world.

Thomasville Heights Elementary School is committed to achieving and maintaining a clear and shared focus on student learning, high expectations for all, and a learning environment where everyone feels safe, supported, understood and appreciated.

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/thomasville

Luther J. Price Middle School

Luther J. Price Middle School is located in the Carver Homes area of South Atlanta. The location of our school has long been a site of great educational institutions. Price Middle School was created from Luther Judson Price High School in 1987.

Our community is undergoing extensive renovations as new housing communities and business are being built. Just as the neighborhood has changed over the last five year, so has Price. We are a member of the new Carver Cluster and the South Region. We receive students from Slater and Thomasville Elementary Schools. Our students feed into Carver High School.

The mission of Luther Judson Price Middle School is to provide the opportunity for every student to develop to his or her maximum potential. Dedicated and committed staff members will provide challenging and rigorous instruction in all subject areas with the emphasis on Language Arts (Reading - Writing- Speaking- Listening), Mathematics and Science. Additionally, every effort will be made to increase student attendance and enrollment in higher-level classes.

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/price

Brown Middle School

Joseph Emerson Brown Middle School is located in the heart of the historic West End community, just southwest of downtown Atlanta, and a stone’s throw from the renowned Atlanta University Center. 

We envision a professional learning community dedicated and committed to providing the right teaching for our students to get the right learning at the right time. 

We, the faculty, staff and community of Brown Middle School are committed to working together relentlessly as we strive to continuously improve student achievement creating a momentous impact where every child's unique gift is nurtured.

 

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/brown

School-Based Therapists and Community Behavioral Specialists

Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman

Community Behavioral Specialist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Paul Chapman is a graduate of the University of West Georgia where he majored in Business Management. He Credits his 7 years of working at his alma mater, Charles R. Drew Charter School, for manifesting his passion for access, second chances, and education for children and adults who are working to overcome trauma. Paul served as an after-school assistant at Charles R. Drew Charter School for three years and later as a team lead with Charles R. Drew’s college readiness program, C.R.E.W. Teens for four years. Before beginning his work as a Community Behavioral Specialist at Chris180, Paul worked as a S.E.L. coach at Wesley International Academy where he used play to transform school culture and create a safer atmosphere for the communities he served. Through his work, Paul seeks to pay it forward and positively impact the communities of metro Atlanta.

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Community Behavioral Specialist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Kyle Smith began working with Chris 180 as a Community Support Individual in 2017. He currently serves as a Community Behavioral Specialist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. He is truly dedicated to assisting families and clients in group work, one on one sessions, and athletics to ensure they have the necessary behavioral coping skills to succeed in and out of the classroom. Kyle has previously worked with children and families at Youth Villages in Douglasville GA, and various schools in the Northeast Region of New York City and Connecticut.

Kyle earned a degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 2008. In his Senior year he and group of peers Co-founded the Man Enough Support Group, in efforts to build strong young men for the future. He was also student athlete while attending CCSU playing football ,and running track. He was a 2nd team All-American his Sophomore year in football. Kyle now is a devoted father and husband. He resides in Ellenwood GA with his wife and four children.

Allison Bienenfeld, APC, NCC, CCMHC

Allison Bienenfeld, APC, NCC, CCMHC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Allison is an Associate Professional Counselor who practices from a trauma-informed approach with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She approaches her clinical work from a strengths-based and client-centered perspective and enjoys working with individuals as they access their creativity as a vehicle for insight and change. She focuses on relationship-building to foster a sense of safety in the session, using conversation, expressive arts techniques, ARC, and EMDR to walk alongside clients working through concerns related to trauma, grief, loss, and attachment. As a trainer, Allison takes a hands-on approach and encourages participants to take an active and reflective role in their learning.

Malavika Pai, LAPC

Malavika Pai, LAPC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Malavika Pai is a LAPC, serving as a school-based therapist for Luther J. Price Middle School.  Mal completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University and her Master’s Program at Clemson University. She has experience providing therapeutic services to students and their families in academic settings from pre-kindergarten to the collegiate level. Mal strives to create a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for those whom she works with.

Niti Patel, M.S.

Niti Patel, M.S.

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Niti Patel is a school-based therapist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. She is working towards becoming a marriage and family therapist. Originally from Georgia, Niti decided to come home after completing her master’s program at Nova Southeastern University in 2018 and her undergraduate program at the University of South Florida in 2015. She is passionate about collaborating with youth and advocating for those who have yet to find their voices or given the opportunity to speak up for themselves. Niti has worked with different populations, and has truly enjoyed her time providing services to children in the school system and families dealing with transitions. In her free time, Niti tries to travel to new places – so far she has gotten the chance to visit close to 20 countries.

Jeni Willenzik, LAPC

Jeni Willenzik, LAPC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Jeni is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and a school-based therapist at Scott Elementary School. She completed her master's program at Johns Hopkins University, and her undergraduate studies at Tulane University. Jeni has worked in schools in different capacities for five years. She began her career as a first grade teacher and has provided school-based therapeutic services for children and adolescents of all ages. Jeni is passionate about incorporating trauma-informed practices in schools and loves working with children and their families. She is incredibly excited to join the Project 180 team this year!

Adam Nguyen, LMSW

Adam Nguyen, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Adam is an LMSW and school based therapist at Usher-Collier Elementary. He earned his B.S. in Public Policy at Georgia State University and his MSW at DePaul University. Adam is passionate about addressing barriers to mental health services and providing services where families can access them. In his work, Adam focuses on building relationships based on transparency and collaboration. In his free time Adam enjoys cooking, biking, and making music.

Jamie Hunn, LMSW

Jamie Hunn, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Jaime Hunn is an LMSW with 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. She is a therapist, trainer, and operations manager at CHRIS 180. She is in the process of becoming certified in TF-CBT with plans to specialize in CSEC. She is also trained in providing SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescence Responding to Chronic Stress) group therapy and Love 146’s Not A Number group therapy for youth; this group informs youth about the concept and risks associated with human trafficking, aspects of healthy relationships, and develops safety planning specific to sexual victimization. Jaime has a history of working in s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility and Crisis Stabilization Unit, specializing in adolescent males that experienced developmental delays. She is passionate about policy and social justice with experience in supporting bills that aim to promote increased access to services and fair wages for people of color and women. She also has experience implementing a GED program in a local shelter for youth experiencing homelessness that identify as LBGTQ. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major of psychology and criminology at Missouri State University and her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on community partnerships from Georgia State University.

Netta Cohen, LMSW

Netta Cohen, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Netta Cohen is an LMSW who has been working as a therapist at Chris 180 since 2017. She completed her graduate degree at Smith College School for Social Work. Originally from Israel, Netta started her career in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as a Sergeant training soldiers with criminal records. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and her approach is influenced by Person Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework.  Over the past decade, Netta has worked with diverse populations, ranging from young adults with physical disabilities to LGBTQ people, victims of domestic violence, and people diagnosed with HIV/AIDs.  She lives with her wife, son and Goldendoodle in Decatur, GA.

Emily Rider, LMSW

Emily Rider, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Emily Rider is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) serving as a school-based therapist for T.H. Slater Elementary School. Emily completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She has experience working within the school and in non-intensive outpatient settings providing therapeutic services from ages 4 to 26. Emily is passionate about working with youth, their families, and overall de-stigmatizing mental health stereotypes. In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog Lolli.

Lindsay M. Mitchiner, LMSW

Lindsay M. Mitchiner, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Lindsay M. Mitchiner is the school-based therapist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and began her journey in community based work in Richmond, VA & Washington, DC.  She completed her graduate degree at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2016. Lindsay has been committed to supporting and empowering underrepresented youth and families. Before joining Project 180, Lindsay worked closely with organizations such as the Mental Health Association of New York City, Girls for a Change Inc., Youth Consultation Services and Perspectives Psychological Resources. Lindsay is passionate about challenging stereotypes that exist around mental health among minority groups and uplifting her community.