What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?
I have worked at AVP for 11 years. I am the Director of the Counseling Center. I supervise the Outpatient Therapists and carry a caseload of co-victims of homicide.
Why did you decide to get into victim services?
I decided to shift my clinical focus from community mental health to grief and trauma work. I enrolled in a post graduate certificate program on trauma and heard about AVP from a fellow student. I called AVP and asked about the possibility of doing an internship. AVP agreed. I loved the work and was lucky enough to be offered a job doing the wonderful work the team at AVP does.
What part of your job means the most to you?
I feel so grateful to be able to provide therapeutic space to people who have lost a loved one to violence. Counseling can validate feelings of loss and provide a safe, non-judgmental place to grieve a loved one.
Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as further define your role here?
I feel strongly that a focus on advocacy for victims and co-victims of gun violence is an important role for people like myself who bear witness to the pain of those impacted by this horrific public health issue.