Embracing Change at Somerset House
Posted on: March 30, 2017
Embracing change is Erin DeWolfe’s approach to achieving success. This will serve her well as the new site supervisor for Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Somerset House residence for women in recovery.
The Appleton, NY facility is among the sites Cazenovia Recovery acquired from Fellowship House in 2016. Erin joined the agency in February from a previous position as a supervisor in a Catholic Charities program for behavioral and substance use issues. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo and is a licensed clinical social worker.
“Change inspires me,” she said. “Participating in change and growth is what makes me tick. You have to embrace change in order to understand it and move through it. People want to be part of change for the good in the recovery field.”
Erin has been reorganizing to increase efficiency, while clarifying staff responsibilities and implementing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). She noted that building trust, one of the TIC principles, is at the top her list: “Once you have a solid, trusting relationship, everything flows from there. I am excited to build a cohesive, positive, strength-focused team.”
Her priority moving ahead is to make relapse prevention a primary focus. Dual diagnosis also is important, she pointed out. “Collaboration is a big piece, not just with residents, but with the natural supports in their lives. We will have more joint meetings with family members and increased engagement with other service providers.”
Kelly, a Somerset House resident, commented on its “very comfortable and warm atmosphere.” She values “inspiration” from her counselor and support from fellow residents as important to her recovery. She said: “I want to be on my own and free of addiction. I would like to achieve my GED. I’ve always wanted to work with kids with disabilities or to volunteer at a nursing home.” Kelly’s daughter, grandchildren, and her own spirituality provide daily inspiration, she added.
Erin appreciates that Andrea Ocasio, the agency’s director of clinical services, facilitated her integration into the organization. Providing residential treatment is what Erin especially likes about Cazenovia Recovery’s services. “Being right onsite allows you to be more therapeutic,” she said. “Resident-staff meetings are my favorite. We really hear what residents are saying and then can provide the best supports to help them.”
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