Fall 2012 Site Review
Position: Conference Intern
Student: Middle Eastern Studies Senior
Phoenix House, being a youth rehabilitation center, centers on improving the lives of their clients by helping them rid themselves of their addiction through evidence based practices. Throughout the years, they have grown to become a leading center for chemical dependency treatment, and have developed well thought-out therapeutic programs to help in recovery, with an emphasize on a their relapse prevention program. This therapeutic group is formed on the premise that clients will be triggered and thus susceptible to drug use. This group, like many others, is run for a duration of 2 hrs. This is in not only in accordance for governmental and private insurance, but it also reinforces positive behavior over a longer period of time.
Phoenix House offers a variety of different opportunities for new interns. As an intern, I helped developed different events and had the opportunity to communicate to different companies, expressing the needs of the non-profit. Through this, I gained communication, organizational, and planning skills that I hope to further develop with continued professional experience. In addition, I also ran and facilitated therapy-based groups amongst recovery addicts and their families. This was an interesting because it taught me leadership skills, and molded me into a better facilitator. This gave me the unique opportunity to practice my counseling skills, and see how families play a pivotal role in recovery.
Overall, my experience at the center has proven to be a challenging, but joyful experience. I have earned how to deal with clients in stressful settings, and have been able to help the community by bridging the gap between Phoenix House and surrounding business.