Meet Carly Shannon, she is the Clinical Director of our recently established facility at the University of North Texas. As Clinical Director, Carly is responsible for the oversight and development of the clinical program, including the supervision of the clinical staff and development of our policies surrounding standards of care. She also meets with clients on a regular basis to provide clinical care and on-going needs assessments. Carly is also a University of North Texas alumna.
We sat down with Carly to learn more about her and her role at Life of Purpose in Denton, Texas.
Tell us a little bit about your role at Life of Purpose.
I am responsible for the oversight and development of the clinical program, refining of operational procedures, and quality assurance.
What do you love the most about your job?
The ability to serve the community, help others learn to live healthy lives, and most of all, learn to like themselves. I also love that I get to work on the campus I graduated from….it’s kind of surreal. Not many people have that kind of opportunity.
Tell us something about yourself most people don’t know.
The Happy Birthday song and I are not friends. I used to throw cake at my birthday parties when people would sing it to me. I have shared this with my clients and they get a kick out of it, considering I am a therapist. To this day, I am still trying to figure out why I do not like it. Suggestions encouraged!!
Do you have any tips for someone who is struggling in their recovery?
To know when seeking change, sometimes it feels things are getting worse before they start getting better. Everything always changes, and to utilize their community and support if and when things start feeling worse.
Do you have any tips for family members who have a loved one in active addiction or in recovery?
Get educated about it! I have learned in my profession that assumptions can be easily made, which is hindering. Assuming that a family already has all of the knowledge about recovery and addiction just because they have “dealt with it” for many years can interfere with the success of a person in recovery. As professionals, we need to continue to educate the families about addiction in order to provide better treatment and care for their loved one.
How does someone cope or overcome stressors that may jeopardize recovery in a higher education environment?
Utilize their recovery community and peers. It is easy to get lost in an environment where recovery can be contradicted. Finding those who share the same values and guidance can be a powerful way to stay focused.
Thanks, Carly! Click here to learn more about our facility and the programs we offer at the University of North Texas.