Mental Health and Wellness

March 4, 2020

New Mental Health and Wellness CoordinatorTighe Blackadar

This winter, we welcome Tighe Blackadar, MSW, LCSW, as our new Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator. Tighe began right before Winter Mountain Day and didn’t miss a beat. He has already skinned up to Tuckerman’s with the Outing Club as well. We are very excited to introduce him to the Gould community.

Tighe has a strong background in clinical and educational social work as well as outdoor education. He will be a great addition to our faculty and student wellness program.

“I am excited to be a part of the student experience at Gould,” Tighe says, “and to help promote their emotional health and well-being.”

Meet Mr. Blackadar

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for adventure, Tighe is committed to providing ethical and evidence-based interventions through a person-centered lens.

Before coming to Gould, he worked at Summit Achievement, in Stowe, Maine, where he provided individual, family, and group therapy for students aged 13-20 and served as a team lead in student crisis interventions, and at Adventurelore in Danville, NH. Prior to that, he served as a social worker and SEL teacher for the public school system in Berwick, Maine.

While earning his master’s degree in social work, he completed internships with Concord High School in Concord, NH, and with the Center for Life Management in Derry, NH, where he assisted new American students with their academic and cultural transition to the USA and developed and piloted post-secondary planning counseling and tracking program to 65 high school seniors. He also facilitated weekly young men’s group for African refugee students and multi-cultural club meetings.

A Need Underscored by the Pandemic

“Over the past ten years, parents and educators alike have witnessed an increase of mental health issues,” observed Head of School Tao Smith, “ranging from minor anxiety to full-blown crisis among teens. The current pandemic has underscored the need to increase our resources for health and wellness.”

Director of Health Services Joanna Brown first created a proposal to add a full-time counselor to our staff in December, which Smith and Assistant Head Brad Clarke quickly endorsed.

“There was no hesitation on our part,” Smith adds. “Tighe will be instrumental in helping to educate and train our faculty on identification, intervention, and prevention of mental health crises. We are thrilled to add him to Gould’s faculty and eager to introduce him to our students and faculty.”

Tighe is available on a daily basis for scheduled appointments or for students to simply drop in and talk.


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