We asked members of our medical staff to answer some common questions they
hear from their patients. Read
Holly Hink's, APRN, answer to:
My child’s teacher has suggested that he could benefit from seeing
a counselor at the Kid Clinic. How does that work?
Kid Clinic is a part of
Campbell County Medical Group, and is a joint effort with
Campbell County School District. It is unique in that it is a primary care medical clinic for kids ages
2 weeks to 21, and also provides mental health counseling for kids ages
4 to 21. Many people don’t think that kids can suffer from mental
health issues like depression and anxiety, but that is just not the case.
Because we’re in the same location, the counselors and I work together
as a team for the benefit of the child and their family.
I may see a child for a medical problem who I think could benefit from
seeing a counselor. If the parent agrees, they can see one of our counselors,
and after the initial appointment, the school district will provide transportation
to and from their counseling appointments.
There are times when I see a child I’m concerned about mental health-wise,
and I can ask one of our counselors to see them that day if possible.
The same holds true if a child brings up a medical issue during their
counseling appointment—I am available to collaborate with the counselors.
I’m a firm believer that medication doesn’t always fix everything.
Often the combination of medication and counseling can really help a child.
For example, if a child has suffered a traumatic event, or has anxiety
or depression, counseling can help them work through their feelings and
develop coping strategies. As the medical provider, I can also evaluate
the child to assure there are not any additional issues and discuss medications
if warranted. If not addressed, these things can sometimes show up as
behavioral issues in school or at home.
Parents also ask me what things they should be looking for that might mean
their child should see a counselor. Withdrawing from their friends, stopping
the activities they enjoy, sleeping more, or eating less are all signs
that something isn’t quite right. A change in behavior, and changes
in school performance should also be discussed with your child’s
Holly Hink, APRN, CPNP, works at the Campbell County Medical Group
Kid Clinic, a school-based pediatric clinic in Gillette, Wyoming. It is located at
800 Butler Spaeth Rd., across from St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.
The Kid Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm. For more information,
call 307-688-8700 or visit