Barren County School District Mental Health Coordinator

Last Updated: 8/28/2020 3:52 PM

Shawna Shartzer                                                            

Shawna M. Shartzer, LCSW

Mrs. Shartzer conducts assessments, multidisciplinary team meetings, and maintains effective working relationships with community partners to provide psychoeducation and brief solution-focused clinical consultation to students, families, and staff in the district. She works closely with program personnel to assure compliance with mental health support plans as students transition into the Barren County School setting from out-of-district school placements. She promotes the development of mental health skills and strategies to empower students to increase their opportunities for overall school success. As students learn to cope with psychological and emotional issues their school performance, behavior and socialization create a safe and efficient school environment.  Mrs. Shartzer works in all our Barren County Schools in the District in-person and virtual, Google Classroom, Emotional Check-in emails and can be contacted during school hours from 7-3 Monday-Friday.  If you have a mental health crisis please call 911 or LifeSkills Inc. Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit at 270-901-5712 located at 501 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101. 

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WKU BSW Barren Field Placement Interns

Breanna Ragland loves helping others and is excited to work with students and families of diverse populations this year with special interest in social work empowerment within the teenage population.

Shelley Shields is ready to empower students and families with excellent leadership skills, a special interest in helping those suffering from substance use issues and pursuing research and social work within the homeless population.


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FamilyCare Counseling Barren School-based Mental Health Professionals Heather Cole, MA (Special Education & Behavior Disorders), Patrick Solomon, LPCA, Sydney Jones, LCSW (BCHS, BCMS, CSC, Austin Tracy School)  270-253-3722


Tracy EnglandKara Harris







Family Options, Inc. Barren School-based Licensed Mental Health Professionals Tracy England , LCSW (270) 659-0035 (BCHS, Trojan Academy, BCMS, Austin Tracy, Eastern, Hiseville, North Jackson, Park City, Red Cross,Temple Hill), Kara Harris, LPCC (270)659-0035 (BCHS, Trojan Academy, BCMS, Austin Tracy, Eastern, Hiseville, North Jackson, Park City, Red Cross,Temple Hill)


Erin Morgan







Family Works Barren School-based Licensed Mental Health Professional Erin Morgan, CSW (270) 590-8087 (BCHS, Trojan Academy, BCMS, Austin Tracy, Eastern, Park City, Red Cross,Temple Hill)


      Ivan JinesSummer Watson







Healthy Kids Clinic Barren School-based Licensed Mental Health Professionals  Ivan Jines, LPCC 270-618-1501 (Trojan Academy), Summer Watson, LPCC 270-670-9228 (Barren County Middle School)

Randy Rush







The Oaks Barren School-based Licensed Mental Health Professional  Randy Rush, LMFT 270-590-0959 (Hiseville, Eastern, BCMS)

LifeSkills, Inc. Barren School-based Licensed Mental Health Professionals  Hannah Burton, CSW 270-651-8378 (ext. 1431) (Austin Tracy, Hiseville, Park City, Temple Hill, Red Cross, North Jackson) Jeannie Read, LPCC (ext.1160) (BCHS, BCMS, College Street Campus)

Barren County School Psychologists Dan Belding (BCHS, TA, BCMS, Red Cross (1-6), Hiseville (P-6), Bridget Wilfert (College Street, Park City, Temple Hill, Red Cross), Ann Epperson (Austin Tracy, Eastern, Head Start, North Jackson.)

Barren County School Counselors  Michele Gillon (District Lead School Counselor) Carrie Bunch, Jill Leftwich & Angie White (BCHS), Nicole Jones (Trojan Academy), Melissa Bunch & Jason Rickard, LPCC (BCMS), Darla Beckham (Austin Tracy), Haley Johnson (Eastern), Michelle Murphy (Hiseville), Alicia Haley (North Jackson), Nikki Poland (Park City), Cindy Alexander & Erica Nesbitt (Red Cross), Dana Bailey (Temple Hill). Cynthia Holland is the College Street Campus Counselor.  Melinda Owens is the Director of Counseling & Student Information for BAVEL

Barren County Family Resource and/or Youth Service Center Workers Ashley Moore (BCHS), Shelly Thomas (Trojan Academy), Jean Anne Emerson (BCMS), Dana Salley (Austin Tracy), Felicia Montgomery (Eastern), Stephanie Decker (Hiseville), Morganne Mutter (North Jackson), Kim Nunn (Park City), Penny Huffman (Red Cross), Ashley Seeley (Temple Hill).

Mental Health Professionals:

Adanta 270-651-7070, 218 Columbia Avenue, Glasgow, KY 42141                                                                                                       

Alliance Counseling Associates 270-678-4801, 104 Reynolds Road Glasgow, KY 42141, Fax: 270-678-3866

Associates in Counseling & Psychology 270-393-9833, 1011 Lehman Ave #103, Bowling Green, KY 42103

Barren River Area Safe Space 270-659-0823, 1-800-928-1183, 102 West Front Street, Glasgow, KY 42141

Bluegrass Professional Counseling 270-696-3181, 103 West South Street, Munfordville, KY 42765

Crossroads Pregnancy Center 270-651-2299, 1-800-712-4357, 123 East Washington Street Glasgow, KY 42141

FamilyCare Counseling  270-253-3722, 115-C Bluegrass Road Franklin, KY 42134

Family Options, Inc. 270-659-0035, 108 Ensminger Drive, Glasgow, KY 42141

Family Works 270-746-6600, 502 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141

Healthy Kids Clinic 270-651-9696,301 Professional Park, Glasgow, KY 42141 

Hope Harbor 270-659-3033, 200 South Green Street, Suite 202, Glasgow, KY 42141

LifeSkills, Inc. Care representatives Hilary Meredith or Liana Sandlin at 1-270-901-5999 can schedule your first appointment and transfer you to triage for a phone screening if in need of a crisis plan.  Barren Service Center is at 608 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY. Phone number is 1-270-651-8378 and fax is 270-651-9248. Children’s Crisis Unit number is 1-270-901-5000 ext. 1242 at 501 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42103. Adult Crisis Unit number is 1-270-843-4357 or 1-800-223-8913 at 822 Woodway Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101. For services due to active visual/auditory hallucinations call 1-270-901-5000 and contact James Bendor or Rachel Wyatt.  Fax: 270-781-8646. Address: 328 East 10th Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Puckett Counseling 270-629-6373,  2130 Willie Groce Road, Glasgow, KY 42141.

The Oaks Behavioral Health 270-861-0606 100 South Broadway, Glasgow, KY 42141.

Kentucky Employees' Health Plan for Mental Health and Substance Use  https://personnel.kygove/Pages/livehealth.aspx.  For expenses use your WageWorks VISA Healthcare card.  Substance Use Disorder telephone resource line available 24/7 at 1-855-873-4931.  Free doctor and therapy visits through LiveHealth Online Medical, Psychology, and Psychiatry 1-888-548-3432 or See page 22 on 2019 Handbook.  "Rethink" beginning January 1, 2019 a free benefit to support those caring for children with learning or behavioral challenges.  Log in to using enrollment code KEHP.  Call 1-800-714-9285 for assistance in signing up or for questions.


Dr. Jeffrey Zellers  270-651-8378 at 608 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141.

Dr. Hyatt 270-651-7070/270-384-2499  910 Columbia Avenue, Glasgow, KY 42141

Dr. Louis Mudd 720 2nd Avenue Suite 300, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

Dr. Mrinal Mullick/Dr. Charu Raghuvanshi 270-843-1199 1035 Porter Pike, Bowling Green, KY 42103

Dr. David Kapley/Dr. Janice Bunch 270-793-0869/270-782-1146 611 Old Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101


LifeSkills 270-651-8378 at 608 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141

Dennis Psychological Services 270-651-2816 1010 Glenview Drive, Glasgow, KY 42141

Dr. Bruce Fane & Dr. Daniel McBride Associates in Counseling 270-393-9833

Dr. Rick Grieve Western Kentucky University 270-745-2695 (IQ-$75), (IQ & Learning Disability $150), (MMPI $75), (Full Personality, IQ, ADHD, Depression, & Achievement $250)

Substance Use Recovery Services (online recovery support meetings) (online meetings 7 days a week at 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, 9PM EST) (online recovery support group) (onlinen12 step meetings) (online young people in recovery)

(Alliance, Family Options, Family Works, Healthy Kids Clinic, LifeSkills & The Oaks mentioned above also provide substance use services,)

Support Groups

Arc of Barren County Volunteer-based membership organization made up of individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens, and professionals in the disability field. (270) 659-0802

A Shoulder to Cry on For widows, widowers, or anybody that has lost a loved one. Anna 270-991-3616

Bariatric Support Group For people in the process of having bariatric surgery or already had the surgery.  The meetings are held every third Monday of the month. Megan Asberry 270-659-5945

Bereavement Support Group For people who have lost loved ones. Emily Boston 270-651-4430.  Meetings at TJS Health Pavilion.

Grandparents Support Group Tammy Lindsey 270-651-1327

Oncology Support Group People who have been affected by any type of cancer.  Amy Stephens 270-659-5893

A Stroke Ahead People affected by stroke or brain injury Emily Grinstead 270-659-5650

KY SPIN Parent Center  statewide project funded by Department of Education to provide training, information and support for children and youth (ages 0-26), their parents, families, and professionals to link to valuable resources that will empower them to live productive fulfilling lives. Our Barren County Representative is Hope Daughterty (606)354-2483, (606) 354-3349 email:


FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) supported by the South Central Kentucky FCA.  Representative Kevin Estes coordinates character coaches for team devotions with our sports teams on BCHS campus.  FCA creates opportunities not only for students in sports, but all students to meet weekly and on special occasions to share their faith in each of our Barren County Schools. FCA is a peer led program that allows students an opportunity to pray together, study the Bible together and interact socially with each other.  If you are interested, simply contact your school to get information on how to join this fellowship. Most of the meetings begin around 7-7:30AM.

Calvary Youth Group 
Pastor - Randy Shaw, Student Pastor - Brian Pickerel
307 Columbia Avenue, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-651-8572

Cave City Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Ryan Broers
501 Broadway Street, Cave City, KY 42127 // 270-773-3471

Cedar Grove Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Troy Stephens
300 Cedar Grove Road, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-678-4695

Coral Hill Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Ray Woodie, Student Pastor - Andy Brownfield
3260 Coral Hill Road, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-453-4108

Crossland Church Youth Group
Pastor - Jason Brooks, Student Pastor - Ross Anglen
217 N L Rogers Wells Boulevard, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-842-4428

Glasgow Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Erdie Carter
401 South Green Street, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-651-2186

Glasgow Cumberland Presbyterian Church Youth Group
Pastor - Kenny Hardin, Youth Leader - Amy Bellamy
101 Cumberland Street, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-651-3308

Glasgow First United Methodist Church Youth Group                                                                                                                                        Youth Leaders-Stefany and James Mack                                                                                                                                                          500 South Green Street, Glasgow, KY 42141//270-651-5282

Highland Hills Youth Group
Pastor - Chad Lockhart, Student Pastor- Casey Chambers
302 South Broadway St, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-361-5117

Immanuel Youth Group
Pastor - Jeremy Atwood, Student Pastor - Wes Shipley
104 Western Hills Road, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-678-7729

New Life Ministry Youth Group
Pastor - Bobby Wood
4636 Glasgow-Park City Road, Glasgow, KY 42141

Park City Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Frank Stratton
24701 Louisville Road, Park City, KY 42160 // 270-749-2126

South Fork Baptist Church Youth Group
Pastor - Corey Edwards
1932 South Fork Road, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-678-3772

Southside Youth Group
Pastor - David Purichia
1163 Trojan Trail, Glasgow, KY 42141 // 270-576-6362

Temple Hill Youth Group                                                                                                                                                                              Pastor-Frank Benton, Youth Leaders Stacy & Anthony Myatt                                                                                                                      8427 Tompkinsville Road, Glasgow, KY 42141//270-427-3126

Grief Healing Support Emails:

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Coping Skill APPSPacifica ($3.99 per month), stop, breathe & think (free), virtual hope box (free), 7cups ($150 per month), inside timer (free), oak meditation (apple only), breathe (free), TalkSpace ($196 per month), SILK Interactive Art (free), MY3, Now Matters Now, Your Life Your Voice, breathe2relax, calm (school staff/student enter email address and it's free)

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Support Numbers

  • Alzheimer's Disease  1-800-438-4380
  • Adult/Child Abuse 270-651-8396, 1-877-597-2331,1-800-4-A-CHILD
  • Brain Injury Foundation 1-800-444-NHIF
  • Cancer National Resource 1-800-4CANCER
  • Community Resources Available dial "211"
  • Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233, 270-659-0823, 1-800-928-1183
  • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline 800-662-HELP
  • Eating Disorder 1-800-931-2237
  • Gambling  1-800-522-4700
  • Indigenous Women Resource Center  1-855-649-7299
  • LGBTQA National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities 1-888-575-7373
  • Missing & Exploited Children Hotline 1-800-843-5678
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
  • Post Abortion Trauma 1-800-593-2273
  • Runaway Safeline1-800-786-2929
  • Sexual Assault  270-659-3033, 270.846.1100,1- 800-656-HOPE (4673), 1-888-PREVENT
  • STD Hotline 1-800-227-8922
  • Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-8255


"My tone of voice is nurturing and confident instilling hope that you will be successful.  My facial expression is reflective of “I believe in you and I won’t give up on you”.  My posture tells you that you are worth my time.  My eye contact and eye level will help support you until you believe in yourself.  My listening ears are here for you until you understand yourself."

Physical Activity Strategies: movement break, walk to get a drink of water, take bathroom break, ask student to run an errand, standing instead of sitting, using a stress ball, chair yoga, going to gym, going outside, other classroom exercises, progressive muscle relaxation techniques.

Sensory & Grounding Strategies: red hots, drinking 8oz of water, looking up, sour candy, ice cubes, wash hands/face, look at pleasant photo, listen to music, smelling different scents, touch a smooth stone or marble, pet a stuffed animal, rub a soft blanket. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.

Relaxation & Mindfulness Strategies: deep breathing, belly breathing, box breathing, 5 finger breathing, do nows, bell ringers, counting, check & connect, drawing, writing in journal, talking to someone, positive self-talk interventions, meditation, guided visualization.

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There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fears and apprehensions.  One of these days is Yesterday.  Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.  We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word said.  Yesterday is gone.  The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow.  Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.  Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.  This leaves only one day, Today!  We can fight the battle of just one day at a time.   

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"I" Statement:

When you ______________________________________.

(explain the situation or what happened in your own words)

I feel___________________________________________.

(use feeling words: frustrated, bothered, scared, disgusted,

worried, sad,aggravated, hurt, embarrassed, nervous, lonely,

anxious, bitter, abandoned,inadequate, confused, awkward,

disorganized etc...)

Because I________________________________________.

(provide a reason or personal belief about the situation)

Therefore, I would ask_______________________________.

And I, in turn, would be willing to_______________________.

Is that acceptable to you or do you have another suggestion?

Image result for mathematics quotesRelaxation Technique:


(Now think about healthy fatigue after exercise)


(Now think about a warm embrace)


(Now think about the nicest compliment you ever received)


(Now think about the most beautiful place you have ever been)

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Common Defense Mechanisms (Just tell the truth, honesty is still the best policy:)

  1. Rationalization: logical but false explanations
  2. Projection: attribute your unacceptable ideas and impulses to others
  3. Denial: reject or deny reality
  4. Reaction Formation: avoid facing unpleasant truth by acting opposite to the way you feel.
  5. Compensation: offsetting a defect with a real achievement
  6. Identification: instead of being yourself you imitate someone you admire
  7. Fantasy: using fantasy to dull the pain of reality
  8. Regression: regress to a childlike state when in trouble
  9. Isolation: separate from the emotions associated with an event
  10. Displacement: hostile feelings are vented against safer people rather than against those who caused the feelings
  11. Undoing: when feel guilty can undo guilt by acting in a manner that reflects the reverse of this act.

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Cognitive Distortions (rewire your negative thinking by finding times when you would usually be doing these, but you're not, and reward yourself)

  1. All or Nothing Thinking: If performance falls short of perfect, you see a total failure.
  2. Overgeneralization: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.
  3. Mental Filter: You pick out a single negative detail and obsess on it so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened.
  4. Disqualifying the Positive: You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count.”
  5. Jumping to Conclusions: You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that support your conclusion. Like Mind Reading when you conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you and you don’t bother to check this out. Or like The Fortune Teller Error when you anticipate that things will turn out badly and you feel convinced that your prediction is an established fact.
  6. Magnification, Catastrophizing or Minimizing: You exaggerate the importance of things or you shrink things until they appear not important.
  7. Emotional Reasoning: You allow your emotions to tell you that you feel it, so it must be true.
  8. Should Statements: You try to motivate yourself or others with guilt saying should, or shouldn’t, must, ought, etc...
  9. Labeling & Mislabeling: Attaching negative labels that are generally not factually descriptive.
  10. Personalization:  You see yourself as the cause of some negative external event, which in fact, you were not primarily responsible for.

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“Thank You”

for taking moments out of your day to offer a smile, positive word, or helping hand to your peers,  family, students, teachers, custodians, physical therapists, teachers' aids, administrative assistants, 21st Century, secretaries, occupational therapists, nurses, cafeteria workers, FRYSC, migrant program, school counselors, social workers, bus drivers, speech therapists, mental health providers, coaches, AmeriCorps, mentors, school psychologists, parent/teacher councils, maintenance workers, technology office, administrative staff, volunteers,site base council, substitutes, CASA workers, and your community.  Please take note that you are appreciated for instilling hope in others by your helping hand and encouraging smile that you share in Barren County Schools and in our community!                                              

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