All Kinds of News for February 10, 2021
Onward Transitions for emerging adults in Portland, ME is proud to announce and welcome Caitilin Forcier, MSW, as the fourth staff person of the expanded clinical team for the independent living program. Forcier will serve in the new role of Clinical Admissions Coordinator, working with a small caseload of clients (whom Onward refers to as 'members') and assisting co-founders Tracy Bailey and Darrell Fraize, M.Ed, LCPC, LADC with the onboarding process of new members. Forcier previously served Alpine Academy and Utah Youth Village in Erda, UT for close to nine years in a variety of direct care and administrative roles.
A native New Englander, Forcier recounted the “spark” that led to the burning question of “what if?” with Onward. “When I first met Tracy and Darrell, there was an immediate personal and professional connection” fueled by “shared interests, senses of humor, mutual friends and respect for the work we all do. I am thrilled to join the small, close-knit team of members and professionals in Portland, excited for the opportunity to help emerging adults progress through the next stage in their lives, and can’t wait to be working with families, colleagues and referring professionals in my new role.”
Forcier is both an innovator and collaborator, implementing programming and data collection in the milieu and working with internal teams, families and referral sources while at Alpine. She will work to bolster both the clinical team with Fraize, and the outreach team with Bailey. “We feel really fortunate to have Caitlin back home in New England and joining our team. Her energy, professionalism, and commitment to helping young people better their lives is infectious,” stated Fraize. “Our program will truly benefit from having her unique and diverse skill set, but I think I am most happy for what she brings to our current and future emerging adults. After only a week on the floor with us, they already have a sense of how good they have it with Caitlin.”
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions (OT) in Portland, ME is a small, independent, owner-operated program for bright, motivated, emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own. OT supports actual sustainable independent living and autonomy from two city locations. Participants (members) ages 18-29 never live with us; they live in their own apartments, scattered throughout the city. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression, and executive functioning.