Trilogy Blog

A Passionate Professional, Making A Positive Impact

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:13 AM

Thomas Southerland obtained his B.A. in Business Marketing and Psychology, but after a brief stint of working in the marketing field, knew he would go on to pursue career options where he could apply his studies of the mind and behavior. He also considered options in counseling and academia, while working two and a half years as a social worker at a nursing home in Hickory, North Carolina. This would cement his plans to pursue social work. Thomas went on to obtain his MSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.

Not long after his move, Southerland started at Trilogy as a Transitional Coordinator, assisting individuals with mental illness in moving out of nursing institutions and transitioning into community settings where they could lead more independent lives. In his time at Trilogy, he has worked in different programs and progressing roles, all of which gave him a broad understanding of management and healthcare for individuals in mental health recovery.  Now, as Clinical Director of the South Shore and Lawndale locations, Southerland applies this encompassing understanding of care to oversee direct client services.

Not surprisingly, the provision of such varied services in uniquely different neighborhoods requires him to wear different hats. Southerland believes that this flexibility is intrinsic to many social workers. He says that the field of social work attracts individuals who are willing to help those facing very difficult times in their lives, and those difficult times are as varied as they are unpredictable. To him, social work means staying flexible, being creative, and adapting quickly to the fluctuations life throws our clients.

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, National Social Work Month

Trilogy’s Employment Program Top State Performer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Since 2012, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program has exhibited passion and dedication to helping individuals with mental illness maximize their independence and quality of life. This excellence was recognized in 2013 when the program received the highest baseline fidelity score in the history of the state of Illinois, and again in 2015 when it was honored with the Transformation Award from the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth IPS Learning Collaborative. This year, Trilogy continues its exemplary work, earning a top fidelity score in Illinois for its provision of employment services.

At Trilogy, there are four employment teams serving the Edgewater, Rogers Park, South Shore, Lawndale, and several other neighborhoods in Chicago. This March, the Edgewater team, founded in 2014 through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), was up for a review of its performance.

This review was conducted by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, which evaluates all supported employment programs in the state of Illinois using a fidelity scale developed at Dartmouth University in 1995 and is still used as a tool to measure the level of implementation of the evidence-based practice. The review requires at least 1.5 days in which the staff, organization, and its services are carefully and objectively rated. The fidelity score produced at the end is an indicator of how closely the services being provided adhere to the model of Individual Placement and Support (IPS), the most progressive, evidence-based model offered to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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Tags: employment services, Awards, Trilogy Staff, National Social Work Month

Trilogy Staff Member Visits Pakistan

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

Earlier this year, Sarah Fletcher, Director of Intensive Outreach Services at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, embarked on a month-long assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Fletcher traveled more than 7,500 miles to launch a training course for mental health professionals. Most of the participants in the course were staff at The Recovery House (TRH), an organization that has been treating and caring for adults living with mental illness since 2010.

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Tags: National Social Work Month, Trilogy Staff, partnerships, international