My name is Hailie Kennedy and my family and I first started going to MCC when I was in middle school. I am the daughter of Forrest and Jennifer Harshbarger and me and my family are heavily involved with missions through MCC. I live in Franklin with my husband, Sean, and our two dogs. I quickly became involved with the youth group at MCC and engaged in every volunteer opportunity that I could. Some of my favorite memories are going to Butler Springs Christian Camp with our youth group and then coming back to volunteer to serve both the middle school and high school youth group once I graduated. I went to Indiana Wesleyan University for my Bachelor's degree where I double majored in Psychology and Addictions Counseling. After I graduated, I went straight to grad school at Grace College in Warsaw, Indiana. I received my Master's degree in the spring of 2018 in Clinical Mental Health. I am now a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor through the state of Ohio. Upon graduating I have been working with troubled you in community mental health agencies as a mental health therapist.
I am coming on staff with Back2back Ministries as the first licensed mental health therapist for their Cincinnati site. Back2back Cincinnati first launched in the Spring/Summer of 2018 and since they have begun to grow larger and larger, attempting to meet the needs of inner city children in Cincinnati. I will be working to establish how to best serve the children from an emotional and social development standpoint. As a therapist, I will be providing therapeutic services and mental health connections and referrals to the children and their families who are involved with Back2back Cincinnati. I am also going to be a mentor/safe person for some of the children who may not need therapeutic services; spending quality time with the children and helping them to engage in activities and relationships that are safe, healthy, and spiritually rewarding. In addition to being a therapist and a mentor, Back2back will be training me to teach their Trauma Competent Care curriculum to churches, schools, organizations, and other ministries who are interested in becoming more aware of how to best help children who have been severely traumatized and come from hard places.