All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Sarah Schwartz has been a Vive Family Support Program team member for over 2 years and has been Regional Director in Chicago for 6 months; Sarah recently added our Denver region to her responsibilities. She is a Clinical Social Worker and has a diverse background with a concentration in work with children and family systems. Her experience includes time working in residential treatment, wilderness programs, schools, as well as in-home, community based treatment. In addition, Sarah has a dynamic and engaging way about her that allows her peers, clients and colleagues to easily connect with her.
When asked what is most rewarding in her role as Regional Director, Sarah responded that she enjoys supporting the clinicians from beginning to end in their clinical journeys with the families they serve. Engaging in clinical consultation with the team to explore the work that they do on multiple levels, including the important role they play in the lives of the families, is an especially powerful experience.
Sarah also carries a small case load and when asked the same question about what is most rewarding in her role as a Clinical Mentor, she said she finds supporting clients when they transition home from a treatment program highly rewarding. Specifically, she enjoys being part of the fresh start for the client in supporting them to develop healthy social circles, re-engage in extra-curricular activities, and assist them is setting their short and long term goals.
Lastly, Sarah was asked in her own words to describe what about the Vive model is key to a successful outcome for families. She states that the relational aspect is what enables success with her clients and families. Without a solid relationship between client and Mentor and Parent Coach and parents, success is limited. She also described how the work with Vive clients does not occur in a fishbowl. Going out into the community and having the opportunity to support the client by applying their skills in the moment, is pivotal.
Vive Family Support Program is a relational and experiential therapeutic support service 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.