Emily Petersen, TCC
BS in Sociology from Utah State with a minor in Child Development
USPRA Certificate, Targeted Case Coordinator, Crisis Training
Emily Petersen is an east Idaho girl. She was born and raised on a family farm just outside of Rexburg. She was drawn away for a very short time to get her bachelor's degree in sociology from Utah State. When she and her husband had their first baby, they decided that it was time to “go home.” She couldn’t imagine trying to raise their kids without chicks, lambs, and ponies. Since then, they have added 4 more of those babies, and indeed, Idaho has made a good home for them all.
Emily has worked in the mental health industry since 1999. She first realized her love for helping people working as a trail guide in a wilderness survival program. This program took at-risk teens into the Idaho desert and taught them to live off the land. With that love, she next went to work at a residential treatment center. It was also for at-risk teens and those with mental illness for 2 years. But, in 2002, when the decision to head back to Idaho was made, she got a job with the Mental Wellness Center. Emily has worked with the same agency since that time and transitioned with them to High Country Behavioral Health. She started out as a PSR worker, but since 2012, she has mainly focused on case management. Through the years she has filled in with different contracts the agency had including foster care parent coaching and independent living case manager.
Emily believes everyone needs a case manager in their life. She is an ‘advocate, a coordinator, and a link’ to the needs of her clients. She believes that there is a lot of confusion and chasing that happens in health care. By alleviating some of that, she can help a client be able to focus on their personal health and stability.