Student Wellness & Mental Health Services

We have two ways to support our student's mental health needs at Concord. School counseling services are provided by Ms. Joelle Drader MA, LPC. Ms. Joelle offers short term counseling for individual students, classroom social emotional lessons aligned with our Concord Creed, and small group support. Ms. Joelle also assists with individual needs (food, clothing, supplies, attendance) and referrals to community resources.

Char-Em Wellness Program

The Char-Em Wellness Program is a new resource at Concord this year. The Program offers school-based behavioral health therapy by a licensed, master-level therapist.  Services include offering individual and group therapy to help students with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, anger management, social skills, attention and school performance issues, and well as giving support for difficulties with adjustment to stressors students may be facing. Family support, therapy and parent education are also available.

Christine Carpenter, LMSW, is our school-based therapist. Christine has over 25 years of experience working with children, teens and their families. She will be at Concord on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

 Students can be referred by their family, teachers, staff, primary care providers or refer themselves.  Parental permission must be given for therapy to be provided, unless the student is 14 years old, then permission is preferred. This service is provided at no cost to families, although insurance companies will be billed.

Please call Christine at 231-439-6800 with any questions or if you are interested in your student being seen. You can also email Christine at

(The Char-Em Wellness Program is operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in collaboration with the Char-Em Intermediate School District with major from Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.) 

Ask for help not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong -Les Brown