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Mental Health Matters

Welcome to Mental Health Matters! Top of Page

This section is dedicated to providing parents and staff with information regarding student’s mental health functioning…because we know--students can’t focus on learning when their minds are focused on other things!  Cedar Springs Public Schools had made a concerted effort to bring highly qualified, licensed mental health staff to support the social-emotional and behavioral needs of our district.  Here’s your first formal introduction to the Crisis Management Team.  They each play an important day-to-day role at their assigned buildings, but they also support the Crisis Management Plan in situations that affect the entire district.  Read about their experiences in their professional biographies.


My T. Lien, PhD, NCSP Top of Page

School Psychologist at Cedar Trails, Cedar View and Middle School  - "Dr. My" is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her PhD at Michigan State University in School Psychology in 2006. Dr. My completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric/chronic illness psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (NY) and at the University of Michigan Health System. She has expertise in the impact of mental health and chronic illness on children's functioning and learning. This is Dr. Lien's second year with CSPS. She also maintains a private psychology practice in Grand Rapids, and she is an assistant clinical professor at MSU.

Derrick Freyman, LMSW Top of Page

Social Worker at Cedar Trails, Beach, and Cedar View - Derrick is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan in the area of clinical practice. He received his MSW with a concentration in clinical social work from Michigan State University in 2013, where he also completed the School of Social Work's certificate program in Clinical Social Work with Families. In addition to his years of working in special education departments in both urban and rural school districts, Derrick also has experience in providing case management services at long-term nursing care facilities and individual and group psychotherapy at community mental health agencies. 

Sarah Wilcox, LLPC, SCL Top of Page

School Counselor at Beach Elementary - Sarah holds a School Counselor License as well as a Limited License Professional Counselor.  She attended graduate school at Spring Arbor University.  She has been working in the mental health field since 2003, including experiences as a Youth Treatment Specialist for at risk children and teens, Education Specialist, Youth Enhancement counselor, Behavioral Interventionist, and a KSSN Site Team Clinician (providing outpatient, home based, and case management services). 

Shelley Pero, LPC, SCL, NCC, GCDF Top of Page

Guidance Counselor at the High School - Shelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and holds a School Counselor License.  Shelley received her Master's of Arts in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in 2010 from Western Michigan University. She has worked with students at all grade levels K-12 and has a strong background and interest in Behavior Modification and Behavioral Psychology. Shelley also has experience in and a passion for career development and exploration and holds a certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator.  

Carl Peckham, LMSW, SSW Top of Page

Social Worker at Redhawk, Middle School, and High School - Carl is a Licensed Clinical and Macro Master's in Social Work in the State of Michigan. He also has a full endorsement from the Michigan Department of Education as a School Social Worker. Carl received his Master's of Arts in Social Work from Western Michigan University and did his classwork for his School Social Work endorsement through the University of Michigan. He has specialized training in a variety of areas including assessment administration and interpretation, behavior modification techniques ,and the effects of stress and trauma on cognitive development and learning.

Christine Anderson, LLPC, SCL Top of Page

School Counselor at Beach - Christine is a Limited License Professional Counselor and holds her School Counselor License (K-12) in the State of Michigan. She received her Master's of Arts in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University in 2012. Christine has worked with young children and families in many capacities both in and outside of the school setting.  Much of her experience has been with highly at-risk children and young adults in residential programs and substance abuse programs. Christine has a strong interest in Trauma Informed Practice and Play Therapy.

Rebecca J. Kooi, LSC, LLPC Top of Page

Guidance Counselor at the High School - Rebecca (Becky) is a Licensed School Counselor and Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in Counsel from Spring Arbor University in 2011. Becky has worked at Cedar Springs High School for the past eleven years: seven of those years as a psychology and English teacher and four as a school counselor and instructional support coach. She has training in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools and a bent towards Cognitive/Behavioral and Narrative Therapy. She is skilled in guidance curriculum development, academic consulting, and college and career preparation. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University's Master of Arts in Counseling program. 


Lynda Rupke, MA LLPC Top of Page

Counselor at the High School  - Lynda is a Licensed Counselor in the State of Michigan, as well as a certified teacher with her master’s degree in school counseling. Mrs. Rupke was a classroom teacher for 10 years, and has been a counselor for the past 17 years in both middle school and high school. Along with her professional role in the schools, she continues to maintain her private counseling practice, in Grand Rapids. Mrs. Rupke has taught graduate classes in the school counseling program for Grand Valley State University, as an adjunct professor. She served on the executive board at the state level for the Michigan School Counselor Association and was President for the regional board; West Michigan Counseling Association. Her passion is teaching and providing
strategies to help people reach their maximum potential. When she is not counseling adolescents, adults, or families, in school, or in her other office, she is volunteering at the Anxiety Resource Center in Grand Rapids, where she is the facilitator for their teen support group.