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Family Services of Warren County welcomes new staff

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Pictured from left to right are Andrew Cauley, Matt Bennett, Jennifer Chase and Shannon Grosch.

Family Services of Warren County has added four new staff since July.

“We are fortunate to have on board such talented and dedicated individuals who are truly passionate about recovery,” said Kimberly Holt, Family Services of Warren County executive director.

Family Services is a non-profit agency in Warren that serves both mental health and drug and alcohol needs of the community.

“We are thankful to the United Fund of Warren County for providing financial backing so that we can service clients who are underinsurance or uninsured,” Holt said. “The staff at FSWC are committed to the Warren County community by seeking continual professional growth through the latest and evidenced based treatment modalities.”

Andrew Cauley holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a state certification in drug and alcohol counseling and is currently enrolled as a Master of Social Work student at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration on children and families. Prior to joining Family Services of Warren County, Cauley worked for Abraxas I as a residential treatment supervisor, clinical treatment supervisor, and treatment supervisor across several programs with a strong focus on team and program development and service improvement, as well as at Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in various capacities.

“I am excited at the opportunity to grow and develop with an agency that is focused on the enrichment of individuals and families throughout Warren County, and look forward to increasing the agency’s contributions to the community and providing opportunities for growth and change not only for those seeking care, but also professional development for our staff team,” Caulty said.

Cauley’s areas of primary focus include working with opioid and stimulant dependent individuals, aggression replacement, and treatment with adolescents.

Matt Bennett, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and is a 2012 graduate of Warren Area High School. During college, he developed a passion for helping individuals reach their fullest potential through his experiences as a resident advisor, his federal internship at FCI McKean and his various roles as a student leader.

“I have gained four years of experience working with adults and juveniles to help them recover from the debilitating effects of substance use, repair their damaged relationships, and provide clients with resources to help them find rewarding careers,” Bennett said.

Bennett served his community for four years as an adult probation officer in McKean County, and moved on to work as a drug and alcohol counselor at Abraxas I in Marienville, where he worked with juveniles and their families.

“I couldn’t feel more happy to be serving my home community and be a part of a great team here at Family Services,” Bennett said.

Jennifer Chase holds a master’s degree in social work from Edinboro University. Chase holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in education. Her past work history includes employment at the Achievement Center as a therapeutic support staff and behavior specialist consultant, a mobile therapist, as well as three years working in family based mental health. These jobs spring-boarded her desire to do more for her community and the individuals she worked with, inspiring her to return school and pursue her degree in social work. Chase is trained in ESFT and TF-CBT. She is also completing training in EMDR, all while receiving supervision hours to obtain her LCSW.

“I am honored to give back to the community in which I live,” Chase said. “I currently provide both substance abuse and mental health counseling at Family Services. I am honored and privileged to sit with people in their most vulnerable times to provide support, and to be even a small part of the change they are able to make within their lives.”

Shana Grosch holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relationships from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing her Master of Social Work through Edinboro University, where she will be eligible to graduate in January 2021. She aspires to continue her development and also pursue her clinical license. Her experience includes working for the Single County Authority at Forest-Warren Human Services as a drug and alcohol case manager and employment as a drug and alcohol counselor at Abraxas I. She also served in a master’s level internship prior to employment with Family Services of Warren County in several capacities.

“I loved my time and experience here at the agency. Interning at FSWC helped me realize that I enjoy counseling and being able to help those who suffer from substance abuse problems,” Grosch said. “When I learned about FSWC having a position open for a therapist, I took this opportunity and was able to return the agency where I found my love for therapy!”

For more information, visit www.fswc.org or call 723-1330.

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