Katherine (Kat) Woolpy Apple, LCSW has clinical social work experience for over fourteen years, working with a very wide variety of clients ranging from: children, teens and adults of all ages (18 – 85+). Kat works with many specialty populations including: children of parents with severe addictions, teens and young adults with addictions, teens with severe emotional trauma and behavioral disorders, the Veteran population, and adults with complex mental health diagnoses including mood, psychotic, anxiety and personality disorders, as well as addictive disorders.
Kat joins the SoulWorks team with overs twelve years experience at the VA Medical Center where she is clinical field program coordinator. At the VA she provides a wide range of client-directed, strength-based social work services including psychosocial assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, treatment planning and clinical case management to Veterans with a primary diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness. The therapeutic techniques she uses include motivational interviewing, assertive community treatment, behavioral family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, substance abuse treatment therapies and mindfulness practices.
While at the VA, Kat completed Veteran psychosocial assessments including diagnostic, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. She also conducted weekly home visits to provide psychotherapy and case management services to Veterans with severe mental illness.
Kat also led a work group to create and author the Mental Health Community Safety Policy for all community based mental health specialty programs and was Event Lead for the Motor Rally event during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (July 2019). She also served as the Chair of the CARF Executive Committee and facilitated multiple CARF preparations for international 3-year accreditations for Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services (TSES), Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) and the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program (SUD-TP) services.
Before joining the VA community, Kat supervised four team leaders and two supervisors in a residential treatment setting while also implementing programmatic changes. Additionally, she provided individual and group counseling to residents on topics including alcohol and drug use, anger management and childhood trauma. Before that, Kat developed a case management program for the children of mothers who were court ordered to participate in the Jefferson County Family Drug Court.
Kat began using energy medicine in 2015 when she started consulting with Wendy Schoeppner, SoulWorks, LLC CEO/Founder, integrating counseling techniques with an energy healing approach. Since that time, she has participated in all the SoulWorks training workshops, classes and meditations. She joins SoulWorks with a vast knowledge and experience of energy healing.
Kat is beyond excited to be joining SoulWorks, she will be seeing clients ready to dig into their healing journey through conventional care using enhanced coping skills and talk therapy to process current life situations. For those who want to explore further, she assists in processing energetic experiences, triggers and traumas.
Behavioral Family Therapy (2017)
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF): 202- Maintaining Successful Accreditation (2016)
Intensive Community Mental Health Rehabilitation (ICMHR) Programs (2016)
LEAN Belt Trainings: Yellow & Green (2015)
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF): 101- Achieving Accreditation (2009)
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Member of the Transitioning Community Partners Coalition through the Louisville Urban League (2007 – 2014)
Mental Illness Awareness Week (2008 & 2009)
Louisville Project Homeless Connect/ Stand Down (2009 & 2010)
Member of the MH/BSS All Employee Survey review team (2009)
Member of the Social Work Quality Review Team (2010)
Member of the Robley Rex CARF Executive Committee (2010)
Presented to Memphis VAMC Mental Health employees, “Compensated Work Therapy: Evidence Based Supported Employment.” (2011)
Chair of the Robley Rex CARF Task Force (2012, 2013, 2015-2020)
Presented on National Therapeutic and Supported Employment conference call on the principle of engagement in Supported Employment conference call (October 2012)
Mental Health Representative for the RRVAMC’s Emergency Management Committee (2013 – 2018)
Member of the Compensated Work Therapy Public Relations Committee (2015)
Appointed to the National Mentor Trainer Workgroup (2015)
Member of the Accreditation Readiness Committee (2015 – 2018)
Member of the RRVAMC’s VERA Committee (2015 – 2019)
Member of the RRVAMC’s Infection Control Committee (2015 – 2020)
Event Lead of Motor Rally for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (July 2019)
HONORS AND AWARDS
Director’s Coin, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, (July 2019)
Robley Rex VAMC, Star of the Quarter Award, (October 2017)
Robley Rex VAMC, ICARE Award, Certificate of Excellence, (December 2015)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Special Contribution Award, (FY 2015)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Special Contribution Award, (April 2011)
Robley Rex VAMC, Team Award for World Class Customer Service, (January 2011)
VA Central Office recognized the Robley Rex VAMC’s CWT/Supported Employment program as being one of three Centers for Excellence, (July 2010)