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Substance Abuse Outreach Specialist
Dave has over twenty years of experience working with both adult and juvenile populations suffering from the disease of addiction. This experience includes having worked as the Drug Court Coordinator for three different Drug Court Programs, Intake Director for a Community Based Correctional Facility, Chief Probation Officer and as a mental health and substance abuse counselor for clients in residential settings.
Through these positions, Dave has developed the crisis intervention skills necessary to help clients with multiple diagnoses to understand the dynamics, challenges and solutions, as well as to identify and engage in necessary intervention strategies.
In his current role with the David Lawrence Center Crossroads program, Dave specializes in substance abuse community outreach, facilitating a smooth and prompt admission to appropriate and available services and programs by completing substance abuse evaluations via both telephone and/or face to face screenings. He is involved in providing education to individuals, families and organizations regarding the disease of addiction, understanding how it affects individuals and their loved ones, and how to access services and obtain the necessary help.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:
Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and holds varying certifications that have assisted him in expanding his knowledge in the human services field including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy and Crisis Intervention Training.
Dave’s extensive work experience has enabled him to pursue what he is passionate about which is serving and helping others to improve their lives. He believes wholeheartedly in the holistic approach to substance abuse treatment which is proven to produce the most successful outcomes.
BEST ADVICE/FAVORITE QUOTE
“I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald