I continue to work as a Clinical Social Worker with OMNI youth services. OMNI is a large community based youth agency in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I primarily work with court-involved youth referred to us by juvenile probation for drug, gang, or criminal behavior. In addition to seeing youth one on one each week, I also meet with their parents, and run several groups that address decision-making,substance abuse, and learning how to live in society. It is challenging and rewarding work.
As a perk of my job, I also serve on a team that does outdoor adventure therapy trips. These usually endail taking clients on five to seven day trips. During these trips, the youth work on issues related to their counseling, such as anger management, making good decisions, or communicating well with others while they rock or ice climb, backpack, sea kayak, or winter camping. This has been a wonderful way to incorporate my love of the out-of-doors with my passion of working with youth to help them solve their problems.
Valpo Class of 1993