September 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Collaborating to Do the Most
Executive Director of Day Treatment, Adrienne Leach, shares how collaborating amongst programs leads to successes at Alexander Youth Network.
Adrienne started her career looking to bridge the gap between psychology and social work. She wanted to find versatility in a field where she could impact individuals through mental health but also through social services. After some time in school, where she completed a Master of Social work degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro / North Carolina A& T State University, she found an internship program at Youth Focus where she could do just that.
During her time at Youth Focus, she saw how important family and community dynamics were to a client’s treatment. This mimicked some of her own experiences growing up and as a teen and realized that constant collaboration is vital to success. After her internship and after some time working with a local MCO, she returned to Youth Focus in a full-time role. As a part of the day treatment program, she once again was able to combine her clinical background with social services to better serve the youth in the program.
“Being more hands-on and in the program, you can pinpoint how a crisis may evolve, and work with teachers, counselors, and parents to be more effective in seeking progress.”
Adrienne attributes her belief in the power of collaboration between programs to one of her defining moments in her career. She reflects on one of her tougher cases of youth at Mell Burton Day Treatment who eventually transferred to the residential treatment program in Greensboro. Much of his success in recent years was due to the collaboration amongst staff at those two programs. Being able to check in on his progress and be a support for him while in treatment helped him overcome not having many natural supports to rely on in his own life. Leach is still in contact with him years later.
“Even if it is for a short period of time, our staff are there to be a support and offer the safety and care kids need while they are with us.”
The collaborative effort that Alexander provides is key to the impact that we make with children and families.
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Adrienne Leach is originally from North Carolina. She lives in High Point with her husband and two girls, spending most of her free time with friends or at her daughters’ softball tournaments.
Written by Emily Gordon.