All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
Andrew has been part of the Vive team for over 10 years. He started with Vive shortly after earning his masters degree at Loyola University in Chicago. Andrew worked with clients as a contractor for a few years, then moved to the Boston area almost 4 years ago, taking the position of Regional Director and was integral in building the amazing Boston Vive team.
When asked why he decided to go into this line of work, Andrew shared that he was raised by two clinical psychologists and swore he would never go into that field. While attending Denison University as a business major, he started doing volunteer work. Andrew volunteered with an organization called "Hope for Autism" where he went into the homes of low income families that had children with autism. He loved this work and his passion was sparked. He then when on to volunteer with another organization that worked with families that were victims of domestic violence. By his sophomore year, he had changed his major to psychology. He shared that even though he tried to avoid it, his passion and interest in helping others couldn't be denied. Also, he had a close family member who suffered with mental illness and gave him a personal perspective that also moved him in this direction.
When asked what keeps him in this field, Andrew shared that he loves that he wakes up every day excited to do the work he does. He never dreads getting out of bed to face the work of the day like some do and feels blessed to do what he is passionate about. After being asked what is the biggest challenge he faces in working with the Vive families, he said some of the stories and situations can bring you to your knees but they can also allow you to grow and learn along side the clients.
"My hope is for our families to not only achieve stabilization in their lives and communities, but to thrive," he stated when asked what he hopes families take away from thier work with Vive. He also stated he hopes they are able to find joy and healthy connections in there homes and communites.
About Vive Family Support
Vive Family Support Program is a relational and experiential therapeutic support for pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and their families. With our unique approach and roots in the community, Vive works closely with families to offer insight, implement coping skills, and rebuild trust within the family system. Our goal is to ensure lasting positive change.