Vicki Wilkinson, Clinical Outreach Coordinator with Intervention Allies
Vicki is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in Florida. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, Vicki returned to her home state of Ohio to begin her career working in state funded mental health programs.
She also worked as a probation officer that administered one of Ohio’s first DWI programs before returning to Florida to work as a Child Protective Investigator in Cocoa Beach, where she married and began to raise her daughter. She relocated with her family to the Orlando area in 1989. When her daughter entered pre-school Vicki began working in a private residential facility with dual diagnosed adolescents.
She continued there for seven years as the lead psychiatric assistant which afforded her the opportunity to facilitate life skill groups and leisure activities to assist clients in developing recovery and relapse prevention plans. She later earned her M.S. degree in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University while working as an addictions counselor in a drug court diversion program in Orlando.
When she became a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she was promoted to serve as the Seminole County Program Coordinator managing two programs contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice for high risk adolescent offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues. Vicki later was asked by a former colleague to become the managing director for a private residential facility their opening year in 2002.
In 2003 she began working as a Hospice counselor for the next eight years, while continuing on a part time basis with the same residential facility. She returned to work full time in 2011 in the position of Lead Therapist at the residential treatment facility where she met Carmine Thompson, who worked with this facility as a respected Interventionist who referred a client assigned to her care.
She was impressed with Carmine’s Intervention Allies Company. She observed after working with other intervention programs, that Carmine’s approach and passion working with his clients stood out as unique. Vicki joined Intervention Allies in September of 2013.
With more almost 40 years working in mental health and substance abuse, Vicki enjoys the challenge and creativity of connecting clients and families to programs and top professionals with treatment approaches that meet their specific needs.
“What I have learned in life is that you can teach old dogs new tricks. As the older dog, I continue to learn from my clients and colleagues. I do not want to be satisfied, as I constantly seek more opportunities to grow in creative ways to help others.
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
￼Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quote
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