Mental Health Programming
Kids Count supports the entire student not just academically but through social-emotional wellness. Students are able to receive the below resources during our after-school care programming with our counselors. Our counselors provide:
Group and family counseling
Crisis prevention and intervention
Consultation for staff and families
Referrals and case management
Mental Health Counseling Program
Full Strength is the onsite mental health counseling program that serves students from both Aces in Motion and Kids Count. Our goal is to provide on-site mental health services to students and families in need, completely free.
To schedule an appointment for counseling or to learn more about Full Strength, email Dr. Pope and Mr. Eric at email@example.com or stop by the AIM office located at Duval Early Learning Center.
Dr. Allen Pope, Jr.
Dr. Allen Pope, Jr. is a Florida native, obtaining his Bachelors of Science degree from Florida A & M University in the area of Psychology with minor in Political Science. While there, he also obtained his Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology. Dr. Pope is a certified and licensed school psychologist in the state of Florida and South Carolina. He has worked in several public school districts and in private practice. He later obtained his Doctorate degree in Educational Administration at South Carolina State University. Dr. Pope has experience with assisting various age groups of students, ranging from age 2 to adults, and he previously served as a Lead School Psychologist in a public school district. Dr. Pope continues to provide psychological services in Alachua County Public Schools and private practice. Dr. Pope enjoys reading, exercising, attending sporting events, traveling, and mentoring. His current research interests center around mindfulness, self-concept, and academic achievement. Dr. Pope is committed to providing psychological services to help children and adults succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and mentally.
Mr. Eric is a graduate of the University of Kentucky ('08) with a B.A. in Philosophy & the University of Florida ('22) with a M.Ed./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling. Mr. Eric has been working in youth development on the east side of Gainesville for 7 years. Eric has also volunteered for the Alachua County Democratic Party as a Precinct Captain. In addition to being a counselor at AIM, he also works with elementary-aged children and their families at Kids Count of Alachua County. Mr. Eric also has clinical experience as a therapist at A. Quinn Jones School, Eastside High School, and UF Shands Psychiatric Hospital. In addition, Mr. Eric is also a phone volunteer and trainer for the Alachua County Crisis Center. He believes that healing happens in community and connection and that we must understand ourselves within the systems that we live to grow. Mr. Eric has experience working with anxiety, depression, suicidality, anger, crisis intervention, life transitions, identity, neurodivergence, and family counseling. He practices primarily from a Relational Cultural Therapy perspective and uses existential, mindfulness, play, art, movement, narrative, CBT, and neuroscience-informed interventions.