WE ARE PROMOTE
Promoting real opportunities through case management & outreach services by teaching youth empowerment.
The PROMOTE program at Professional Counseling Associates began in 1997 as a DYS funded program whose main focus was mobile case management services designed to restrict at-risk youth’s progression toward the Juvenile Justice System. Over the years Promote has adapted to the changing scope of DYS services and needs. Today Promote, employs three staff members and serves the youth of Lonoke County. Promote staff provides intensive case management services, prevention groups and interventions as need to youth ages 5-18. Promote accepts court referrals, self-referrals and school referrals, for youth who are considered “At Risk” in Lonoke County.
Jason Wilkerson, MA, Intervention Specialist /QBHP
Jason has been working with the Promote Program for 20 years. He has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. Jason holds a BA in Psychology from Philander Smith College and a Masters of Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. In his spare time, Jason enjoys working with developmentally disabled clients, traveling, and reading.
Kelsey Harrison, Intervention Specialist/QBHP
Kelsey joined the Promote team in October of 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kelsey has a 4-year-old son who she enjoys spending time with. Kelsey also enjoys music, outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Jaime Starling, LPC, MS, TA
Jamie is the Promote Program Coordinator. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked in the field of Human Services for over 10 years. Jaime has been with Promote since November 2019. Jaime holds an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science from the Art institute of Houston, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Kaplan University and a Master’s Degree from John Brown University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Play Therapy. Jaime is a Level I Theraplay therapist, a member of the APT and a member of PPI. Jaime is currently working on her PhD in Advanced Human Behavior at Capella University. Jaime is mom to a 4 year old little boy. When she isn’t playing transformers or Legos, she enjoys cooking, painting and spending time with family and friends.
Promote offers a variety of services, with each service tailored to meet our client's needs.
We provide individualized intensive case management services to client's ages 5-17 and their families.
We offer CBT based Groups, which includes:
- Life Skills
- Work Readiness
- Anger Management
- Parenting Skills
We offer a variety of services tailored to meet each client's vocational needs from resume writing to interview skills and even application completion. We are here to assist with our client's vocational goals.
Promote is a community based provider for the DYS diversion program of Arkansas. We offer services to youth ages 5-17 who may be struggling with behavioral issues at home and/or at school. Promote is funded through the Arkansas Department of Youth Services. It is designed to prevent at-risk youth's progression towards the juvenile justice system.
Promote Services are provided at no cost to the families we serve.
Who is eligible?
- Children and Teens experiencing behavioral problems or difficulty at home, school or in the community.
- Clients must reside in Lonoke County.
- Clients must be between the ages of 5-17 years old.
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Professional Counseling Associates serves all clients without discrimination as to race, creed, color, religion, gender identification, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, ability to pay or because those services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP (AR Kids).