Health & Wellness
As part of Carden Academy’s commitment to educating the whole child, the Health and Wellness program addresses the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and social needs of each student. It assumes a positive psychology approach and utilizes social and communication skill-building interventions. It is solution-focused, rather than problem-focused. It is strength-based, rather than deficit-based. The collaborative, relational, and systemic approach includes communications between counselor, parent, teacher, and student alike in seeking the most positive outcomes possible. Carden’s emphasis on Character Development is integrated in all interventions and strategies whenever possible.
Carden’s Health and Wellness Counselor is Michelle Davenport. Michelle is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy(AAMFT) as well as the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), an organization that selected her as an endowed scholarship recipient to attend their annual conference in New Orleans in 2013 and in San Francisco in 2015.
Prior to joining the staff at Carden, Michelle had been involved in Maui’s business community since 1985. She has been a licensed realtor, an escrow officer, and real estate accounting manager. While raising her two children, who both recently graduated from Mainland colleges, Michelle also worked for many years as a preschool teacher and children’s swim coach. At Carden she has been an assistant coach for the volleyball and Math Matters teams and, after successfully overseeing the installation of a state-of-the-art Tech Lab, began helping in the development of a school-wide Student Support Team. She is a licensed MFT and available to offer emotional/behavioral/relational support to students, staff, and parents while on campus.
Receiving a four year academic scholarship to attend the University of California in Santa Barbara, Michelle graduated with Honors with a BA in Communication Studies. She was the subsequent recipient of an honorary scholarship from Argosy University where she graduated with Highest Honors with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), a field of psychology focused on relational/systemic theoretical orientations.