Pathfinders Children's Residential
(Ages 5 to 11)

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Pathfinders is a SAFE, SUPPORTIVE and CARING place for children to stay while they heal from emotional trauma and mental health crises. Pathfinders team members believe that children do well when they can. We believe that all children are interested in learning skills in order to be safe and happy. We are here to help children learn these new skills and to develop new habits to be SAFE, RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE.

Pathfinders will provide a safe and supportive place for healing. Pathfinders helps children learn new skills used to express feelings in safe and respectful ways. They will have many chances to practice new skills, to learn and to grow while being assisted by staff.

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Matthew Bertagnole Matthew Bertagnole, Youth Services Director/Director of Residential Services
Matthew Bertagnole is a professional counselor who has a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, as well as an associates degree in psychology from Casper College. His previous experience includes spending several years as a case manager supervisor at the Casper Re-Entry Center, where he counseled people facing addiction and mental illness and collaborated with local treatment provides to increase successful discharge rates.

Shannon Heaton, Children's Program Supervisor Shannon Heaton, Children's Program Supervisor
Shannon has been employed at Wyoming Behavioral Institute for more than ten years, working with children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. He is certified to train mental health workers and nurses in the Handle With Care method of crisis intervention and behavior management. He has provided oversight for the Children's Acute Unit at WBI for several years, worked on the Pathways residential unit and Adolescent and Adult acute units, and helped create the K-2 Foundations for Success children's program. He attended college in Texas and his previous experience includes working with adolescents in the Texas correctional system.

Lida Prypchan, M.D. Lida Prypchan, M.D.
Dr. Prypchan began her career in psychiatry at a young age, conducting patient interviews while working for her psychiatrist father in his private practice in Venezuela. She completed her medical education at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Elmhurst Hospital Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she also completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Prypchan's past experience also includes working as a research associate with Matcheri Keshavan, MD, Duncan Clark, MD, Juan Mezzich, MD and at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the fields of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry.

More than 200 articles authored by Dr. Prypchan have been published. She is a three-time recipient of the National Award of Scientific Journalism in Valencia, Venezuela.

Dr. Prypchan is an attending psychiatrist at Wyoming Behavioral Institute specializing in inpatient treatment for children and adults.

Cody Horkan, Elementary Teacher Cody Horkan, Elementary Teacher
The Pathfinders students are taught by elementary teacher Cody Horkan, who earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Wyoming. Cody is completing his master's in special education. Before joining WBI in 2017, Cody taught in the Natrona County School District.

Jonna Langston, PPC, NCC Jonna Langston, PPC, NCC
Jonna is a licensed professional counselor who obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology and human services from Black Hills State University, and her master's degree in clinical mental health from South Dakota State University. She has been endorsed as a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has experience working with youth in residential settings as well as with the homeless population. She joined WBI's therapy team in 2017.