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Meet our Staff:
Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS
- Senior Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Mrs. Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has been with The Family Tree since August 2005 and has worked as a clinician in several capacities, including providing counseling, working with Breaux Bridge Adolescent Drug Court participants, facilitating the HOPE parenting program at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, and assisting with the community-based program Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol. Since July 2007, Lisa has been serving as a Mental Health Consultant to child care centers for the Quality Start program. She also serves as a Quality Support Consultant to local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and a Reflective Supervisor to mental health consultants in other regions of the state. She is passionate about her work with young children and is proud to be a part of a state-wide initiative to increase the quality of child care centers in the state of Louisiana.
Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Humanities and Social Thought from the Louisiana Scholars’ College in 2002, a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State University in 2003, and a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2005. She earned her social work license in 2009 and truly enjoys working in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is a Pathways certified trainer and served as a board member for the Partners in Early Childhood Education Coalition in Lafayette. Lisa has been happily married to her husband Solomon since 2005 and loves spending time with her three beautiful children Stephen, Cecile, and Sawyer.
Hanna Brinkhaus, LCSW
- Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Hanna Brinkhaus is a Mental Health Consultant for the Quality Start Program. In this role, Hanna observes caregivers in their classrooms and assists in implementing classroom strategies, provides child centered consultation for children with challenging behaviors, and meets with parent(s) for consultation, developmental guidance, review of evaluation results and assist with appropriate referrals when necessary. As a Pathways Certified Trainer, Hanna also conducts interactive Pathways certified didactic meetings with center staff and parent seminars about early childhood topics.
Though born and raised in South Louisiana, Hanna lived in Connecticut and Michigan for many years where she received a Master of Child Development concentrating in early childhood development from the University of Connecticut then a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan concentrating in Interpersonal Practice, Children, Youth and Families. Hanna also holds a Level III Infant Mental Health Certification through the Michigan Infant Mental Health Association. Hanna’s passion is working with families and caregivers in supporting and understanding children under 5 years old.
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