Consulting for Addiction Treatment Programs
Your Sober Future was founded by Alison Goldberg, M.S., on the notion that people need a purpose to stay sober. Finding one’s calling and working in one’s life passion is a huge motivation to continue one’s path of recovery. The mission of Your Sober Future is to take sobriety to the next level by working with individuals and groups to identify a satisfying career path and provide them with the information and tools necessary to successfully obtain meaningful work. Most treatment centers help clients to stop using drugs and alcohol, however they are missing a huge component and that is now that the individual is sober what’s next. This is where Your Sober Future comes in.
Alison is an experienced and passionate Career Development professional with extensive experience working with individuals and groups in organizations, colleges, and private practice. She brings a unique expertise and deep understanding of working with adults in transition, in particular those residing in addiction treatment facilities and recovery centers. Alison combines a strengths-based positive psychology approach with traditional career counseling practices and assessments. She assists clients with identifying and developing a positive perspective on their natural abilities and talents and guides them through various hurdles that come while transitioning back into the workforce. Alison’s extensive experience as an Executive Recruiter in the private sector, identifying and coaching candidates into “best fit” positions, has enhanced her work as a Career Counselor.
SPECIALIZATIONS & SKILLS
Alison created a specialized career development program designed for the residents of a large residential treatment center once they reached 65 – 70 days of sobriety. As part of this program she co-developed and facilitated a job seeking support group and career management group. She played an integral part in the creation and management of an internship program, successfully placing several residents in internships with companies where four years later they are still employed. In addition, she has directed hundreds of individuals back into the workforce.
Additionally, Alison has facilitated other career related workshops, including a workshop specifically targeted for individuals with gambling addictions. She has trained both the clinical and management staff on using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII) with clients. She has presented to staff about specific career development challenges that arise for adults with addiction and mental health issues and has demonstrated various career counseling interventions. Alison was also responsible for developing and coordinating the program which involved mentoring California State University, Northridge (CSUN) career graduate students.
Alison’s educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling, both from California State University, Northridge.
People come to these facilities Broken and Terrified. Then they leave Terrified. We need an Exit Plan beginning day 1! Plans that Therapist like Alison provide.
For example Alison provided solutions to the problems that cause clients like me to panic and subsequently just give up.
1. Picking a career
2. Preparing a resume
3. Preparing for an interview
4. Preparing Tax forms, where to go-what to expect
5. College preparation options
6. Options in general
The list goes on and on…
Alison, (and counselors like M), with their experience and ability to relate to clients and provide Life Skills- are what set you folks in the category of excellent. Without these skills, Hope and Sobriety are reduced to only Words.
Process groups are fine and necessary, Life Skills groups and Counseling Sessions are Essential!
Thank You for your time and consideration,