2001-06-30 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Outreach Project Produces Millennium Miracles

Kathy Riddle, the director of Outreach Project, is an outstanding leader who has expanded the programs and services to help individuals who are experiencing alcohol and substance abuse problems  Kathy is a dynamic and dedicated visionary who never sees problems or obstacles but who looks at challenges and moves to effectively solve them. As the result of her leadership, thousands of men, women and children are conquering alcohol and substance abuse.

One of the programs that Kathy spearheaded is the Outreach Training Institute.  Through the Institute people from many different fields are training to become Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC). Kathy, through this program, is helping professionals who want to make a difference and are committed to helping people in need.

As Commissioner Jean Somers Miller of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services stated, the Outreach Training Institute program is a grueling yearling program designed to prepare professionals from other fields to be a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. "As the next generation of addiction professionals in New York State, these professionals will play an important role in upholding established traditions in the field, while integrating new clinical approaches that are determined to be effective".

On Wednesday, July 25, 2001 the Outreach Training Institute will hold its CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors) diploma program graduation at St. Johns University. This training is of such a high caliber that many businesses employ the students as interns.  Some student employers include Federal Express, the Holiday Inn, the Marriott Hotel, the NYC Board of Education and the New York City Fire Department.  As a result of these internships, the graduates are in high demand.  Employers are eager to recruit their services.

Commissioner Miller compliments the Outreach Training Institute when she states that this program is "among the most active service providers in promoting professionalism and continuing education for workers in our system".

Mark Armiento is the Vice President of the Outreach Training Institute. Mark told the graduates, "Your commitment to successfully completing our challenging learning process should leave your hearts filled with an invaluable sense of self worth and gratitude for the wondrous gifts you have been granted in life. Gifts which will certainly be called upon in the days ahead as you enter the field of addiction services, if you are to successfully transcend the incredible demands on your time, skills, patience and desire to help others."

Nellie Fontaney, the training coordinator at Outreach, was a student in
the KCC Professional Development Institute in Howard Beach which I directed. Nellie runs an excellent program at Outreach.  She feels that "the field will be enriched by each person that graduates from the Outreach Training Institute".

Thanks to Kathy Riddle and all of the Outreach family for improving the lives of New Yorkers.  

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