There are 3 new Alameda County CANS Collaborative members: Bree Desmond (Fred Finch Youth Center), Sara Pollock (WestCoast Children's Clinic), and Dana Wolfenbarger (Seneca Family of Agencies).
Bree Desmond is our new Collaborative member from Fred Finch Youth Center. Bree’s current role is the Clinical Supervisor for Alameda County’s new Wraparound program for youth who are ages 8-18 and not involved in the Juvenile Justice or Child Welfare systems but are at risk of involvement in these systems. Bree has been at Fred Finch Youth Center for over a decade and held the role of Quality Manager/Data Analyst for most of her tenure. This gave her a great deal of experience providing training and collaboratively implementing the CANS/ANSA including creating a team and system for internal data aggregation and reporting at the agency and program level. Bree has been working in the social work field for more than 20 years and has been committed to serving the most vulnerable youth and families in variety of clinical roles. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a caring, persistent, strong advocate and in her free time she enjoys singing, dancing, hiking, swimming, movies, and gardening.
Sara Pollock is our new Collaborative member from WestCoast Children's Clinic. Sara's current role is the CANS-SSA Coordinator for Alameda County working with Social Services to help implement screenings of foster youth. She has been with WestCoast Children's Clinic since 2014 and has been a long-time user of the TCOM Tools in her roles as a community-based therapist, assessor, and clinical supervisor within our doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency training programs. In her clinical roles, Sara has demonstrated a strong commitment to the children and families she's served and has employed principles of transparency and high integrity. She has also demonstrated a deep sense of collaboration in her work with teammates and clients as well as promoted client-centered care at many levels of the system. At a personal level, Sara has been a political advocate for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, loves riding horses and appreciates spending time outdoors.
Dana Wolfenbarger is our new Collaborative member from Seneca Family of Agencies. Dana's current role is a Clinical Documentation Analyst on Seneca's Quality Improvement Team. She has been with Seneca since 2013 and has held positions in the training department as well as clinician positions in both community based and school based programs. Dana brings a lot of wonderful experience of embedding the TCOM framework in her work as a clinician. She has worked directly with families to engage them in the collaborative assessment process, including coming to a shared understanding of needs and strengths and facilitating transparency around the CANS tool. Dana hopes to bring her experience and excitement about how the CANS can improve treatment outcomes for youth and families to the Collaborative’s meetings and trainings. Dana enjoys photographing bees and making books in her spare time including books chronicling her travels, family recipes, favorite punk band, family relationships.
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