Season 2 Episode 1: The New Normal: Ethnic Sensitivities and SUDs
This podcast episode is sponsored by the Southeast ATTC Regional Center and will feature, Joy Ssebikindu, LPC graduate from Vanderbilt University (BA, Sociology and Child Development) and MEd in Clinical Mental Health counseling. We focus on health disparities in the southeast, the African American substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery experience. As well as, the role of faith-based communities in recovery, and levels of care in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina.
Joy comes with over a decade of professional experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families at all levels of care (ranging from inpatient to outpatient clinical care). As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who have issues with communication, family transitions including divorce, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and disordered eating/eating disorders. Currently, as a Treatment Placement Specialist with Acadia Healthcare, she walks every day in her passion. "I'm not here to keep you from freaking out. I'm here to be with you while you freak out, or grieve or laugh or suffer or sing. It is a ministry of presence. It is showing up with a loving heart." This mantra sits at the core of all that Joy Ssebikindu does, both personally and professionally.