Amanda Hall-Warburton is the new counselor and social worker at Kearney County Health Services in Minden.
She earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, with a major in social work and a minor in sociology in July of 2005. She was a social worker, overseeing visitations with children who had been removed from their homes due to domestic violence or other causes. She was a case manager for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (R.A.F.T.) for three years, and worked as a skill builder with Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, before coming to KCHS.
In 2010, Warburton received her Masters of Science in Education. She is also a Provisional Licensed Mental Health Provider, Certified Social Worker, National Certified Counselor, and American Counseling Association Member. At the hospital, Warburton was working as a social worker at the time she received her Master’s Degree and became a counselor as well. The hospital saw a need for mental health services and wanted to be able to fulfill this need by providing counseling service to the Minden community.
Warburton works with doctors at the clinic in cases where the doctor feels a patient’s mental health issues would be better served with counseling than medication, or feels a combination would aid in the person’s recovery. She serves patients of the hospital and the assisted living wing and can also meet for counseling with members of the community who desire.
Warburton is married, with a 7-month-old daughter. She said the family plans to stay in Minden for the foreseeable future, and she will provide counseling for any who may need it. She also said the program is still in an experimental phase but could be expanded to bring in another counselor in the future as the clientele grows and the need arises.
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