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350 Mental Health Specialists Train in Butte

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350 therapists, who specialize in mental health services, went through training in Butte last week.

The therapists are a part of Altacare, a program that provides mental health services for children in Montana's schools.

"That mission is to help children be successful every day in their educational environment, their community, their families, and hopefully throughout their life, said Dave Bennetts, C.E.O. of Acadia Montana.

The group is split into two.

Half are clinical therapists and the others are behavioral intervention specialists.

Each pair works in a Montana school.

In Butte, the groups are going through their annual training.

"This year we're being trained in the DSM-5, which is the most updated version of the diagnostic statistical manual so that we can accurately diagnose the children we're working with so we can better meet their needs and help them contribute," Amanda Crawford, a therapist from Bozeman said.

The specialists work in schools across the state.

They work directly with students who suffer from a mental illness.

During the school day, they also provide individual and family therapy sessions.

"The kids that I work with know that I'm here," said Kerry Hanley. "They're actually kind of excited. When I go back to school they always want to know, "What did you learn Ms. Kerry?" It's almost like it's my school."

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