Stan Long, M.Th, M.S.W, LCSW, PIP
Born and raised in a small country community in West Tennessee, I learned the value of hard work, learning from mistakes, and watching examples of the elders. I attended Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee. I hold an earned Master of Theology and an earned Master of Social Work. I’ve pastored churches in Tennessee and Alabama learning many valuable life lessons related to trust, overcoming, and the power of faith for people of faith.
I served as Youth Service Officer for Juvenile Court in Franklin County, Tennessee where I learned children and adolescents make bad choices but they are not necessarily bad. One’s actions do not represent one’s life. Serving as a probation officer, investigator for abuse cases, and working with other county and state agencies broadened my understanding of social services and the problems agencies experience in service delivery. I also felt the pain of the parent as they walked with their child through the Court system.
I served as a Supervisor and service provider for various community-based in-home family preservation children’s services through Centerstone Mental Health in Tennessee for approximately 15 yrs. These programs provided in-home counseling and skill building to keep children at home and out of state’s custody. I finished my career with Centerstone as the Clinic Manager of the Fayetteville, Tennessee clinic where I saw clients of all ages, demographics, and presenting problems while supervising staff including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, clinicians, case managers, and support staff. In this setting, I learned about the Serious and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) population and the problems with medication management and keeping appointments with clinicians. Too often the system is overwhelmed with the needs of this population with only limited resources.
I’ve worked with Madison County Schools and Huntsville City Schools providing clinical services to the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) students along with other students in crisis before starting my private practice in 2011. I started Catalina Family Services, LLC to provide emotional and behavioral health services to anyone seeking help. I specifically sought credentialing with TriCare and Value Options to offer services to Veterans and other military personnel and families. I later joined Empower Behavioral Health and since 2014, served as a contractor continuing to serve children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
In November, 2016 I’ve changed my location to join with Huntsville Psychotherapy & Counseling Services. I continue in private practice serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families addressing various emotional and behavioral health issues. I have joined a great team with diverse skills, talents, and personalities which make a great resource for service delivery. I believe myself to be very honored teaming with HPCS as we continue serving the Huntsville/Madison County and surrounding areas.
“Hi everyone!How are you?When our sessions begin, we usually start with a “mood check.” Although there are clinical scales and inventories that can be used to assess someone’s mood, I prefer to simply ask, “How are you?” I might follow up with something like “Tell me about your mood today.” This morning, while I was getting […]