Founded by Dr. Susan Elswick in 2013, BSMS has quickly and emphatically established itself as the area's leading provider of site-based behavioral and mental health services. 

 

Dr. Elswick and the team at BSMS utilize the latest data supported interventions in concert with a combined 30 plus years of clinical and teaching experience to deliver effective results for even the most challenging situations.   

 
 

Dr. Susan Elswick Ed.d,LCSW, LSSW, RPT-1

Owner/founder

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Dr. Susan Elswick, Ed.D, LCSW, LSSW, RPT-1 is the CEO/ owner of Behavior Services of the Mid-South LLC. Dr. Elswick received her masters degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate in Special Education with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Memphis. She is a Licensed School Social Worker in TN, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist. Behavior Services of the Mid-South is a thriving private practice and consulting company that provides on-site, school-based behavioral health services as well as animal assisted therapy and in office therapy for clients aging from Pre-K to adults. She is also currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at a highly regarded university. Prior to starting this site-based service model she was a school-based social work clinician for 10 years. She has provided school-based social work services in both rural and urban school settings, and has previous experience in community mental health and residential services. Dr. Elswick is a frequent contributor to multiple educational, behavioral and social work journals and is the author of 3 books that focus on various aspects of social work and behavioral therapy. Dr. Elswick has conducted important research on the topics of assessment and intervention for children with both academic and behavioral difficulties, the use of Response to Intervention in multiple settings, and the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve educational outcomes for children.

Behavior Services of the Mid-South LLC currently provides on-site, school-based therapeutic counseling, comprehensive behavioral assessments, and evidence-based intervention services. Services provided are based in CBT and ABA programming and provided to the local public/charter schools. Many of the schools that we serve are in need of behavioral interventions for students (assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring, and program maintenance), continuous professional development for teachers/ staff, and parenting interventions to ensure an effective multi-systemic educational model. The programming includes ABA/ CBT assessments and interventions, parent training, individual and group based services, observations, assessments, intervention plan writing, intervention/plan training, single-subject data collection and reporting, as well as linkage to additional resources and services as needed. The services include the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve educational outcomes for children.

Certifications and Licensure:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (TN)
Licensed School Social Worker (TN)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
Animal Assisted Intervention Certificate
Certified Mental Health First Aid
Eligible to sit for BCBA exam

 


 

Katie Norwood, LCSW, LSSw Director of Mental Health Services

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KATIE NORWOOD,  LCSW, LSSW.  KATIE HAS OVER 10 YEARS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AT THE DIRECT PRACTICE LEVEL AND WITHIN MANAGEMENT. SHE HAS A DEGREE IN , AN MSSW, AND IS LICENSED AS A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER IN STATE OF TN, A LICENSED SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER IN THE STATE OF TN, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS CERTIFICATIONS IN ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS AND PLAY THERAPY. SHE CONTRACTS WITH BEHAVIOR SERVICES OF THE MID-SOUTH LLC TO OFFER SITE-BASED BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES IN THE MID-SOUTH. SHE CURRENTLY SERVES CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SHE PROVIDES DIRECT SERVICES WHICH INCLUDE ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION (INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY), AND MULIT-SYSTEMIC SUPPORTS (TEACHER, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTS) TO IMPROVE SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES IN EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH.

 
 
 

Matt Davidson, BCBA Director of Behavioral Health

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Matthew Davidson, M.S., BCBA, LBA, is the Director of Behavioral Health with Behavior Services of the Mid-South  He has a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Matt has presented research at professional conferences, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Matt has hands-on experience in clinical settings, school systems, and individualized program development. He has experience providing one-on-one ABA therapy, social skills development, along with parent and teacher training. 


 
 

Stephanie Painter, MS

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Stephanie Painter has an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Memphis. She is a counselor and writer. Stephanie wrote a therapeutic picture book called Liz Tames a Dragon which helps children learn healthy ways to manage anger and conflict and was a staff writer for Memphis Parent Magazine. She has designed and delivered school programs to give children anger management tools

 
 
 

Abigail “Abby” Durham, LSSW, MSW

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Abigail “Abby” Durham, LSSW, MSW. Abby received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Memphis with a concentration in school social work and animal assisted therapy. She is a Licensed School Social Worker and a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist. She is working towards becoming a Licensed Master Social Worker. She contracts with Behavior Services of the Midsouth LLC., to offer Animal Assisted Therapy, as well as, site based behavioral therapy to children and adolescents. She is trained in grief counseling and has extensive experience in trauma counseling. She has written multiple bibliotherapy lessons with children’s book to assist children and adults in reading time. 

 
 
 

Trista Torres, LMSW, LSSW

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Trista Torres, LMSW, LSSW.  Trista has years of experience working in the mental health field in the Mid-South. She has recently graduated with a masters in social work and is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker in Tennessee. Trista contracts with Behavior Services of the Mid-South to offer site-based behavioral and mental health services to local schools and families. She provides direct services through individual and group interventions and multi-systemic services in the form of teacher and school supports. Trista is in the process of completing supervision to one day become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.