Rebecca Santamore graduated in May 2020 with her MSW and a Certificate in Training in Aging and Diversity. She currently lives in Berlin, Vermont where she works as a Mental Health Clinician at Clara Martin Center.
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I am a Medication Assisted Treatment Counselor at a methadone clinic. I provide both case management services and counseling to clients struggling with substance use.
What is most challenging about being an MAT counselor?
The most challenging part about being an MAT counselor is to see the impact of addiction on both the individual and their families.
What is most rewarding about being an MAT counselor?
The most rewarding part about being an MAT counselor is to witness a client’s recovery and to see them achieve their goals.
How are you using what you learned at UNE in your current practice?
I have been able to utilize my Training in Aging and Diversity Fellow Certificate. I am also using learned therapy approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy!
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What did you find most inspiring about your education at UNE?
Hearing the professors’ stories from being in the field. I constantly think back to their words of advice while in the field.
Is there anything you’ve been surprised by in entering the Field of Social Work?
I’ve been surprised with how much I have fit into the role of a clinician. My advanced year taught me so much and I have been able to apply it to my current position.
How has COVID19 Impacted your work?
We have recently moved back to over the phone sessions with clients and limited time in the office. Telehealth has become second nature to me.
If you could share advice to incoming MSW students, what would it be?
“Absorb as much of the graduate experience as you can. The program will fly by, so try to be in the present moment as much as possible.”