At Pathway Homes, we believe in celebrating successes. We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of staff members who are furthering their knowledge and education, increasing their professional capabilities, and honing their talents.
Kelly Belcher smiles broadly as she talks about becoming certified as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. It’s another success to add to her long list of successes since moving into Pathway Homes as a resident in 2000. The past 10 years have seen her moving from Stevenson Place to Semi-Independent living in 2005 then to Supported Living in 2007. She moved into her own apartment without supports in 2010, having also secured a job with Pathway Homes as a Peer Counselor in the Crisis Care Unit at Woodburn. She currently works as the Recovery Coach at Dave’s House II at Kincaid, which opened in June 2011. Dave’s House II is Pathways’ consumer-directed program – the first of its kind in the region. Kelly also works part-time as a Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan instructor at Stevenson Place, the same place she started her incredible journey more than 10 years ago.
Kelly states, “I wanted to get the certification so that I can be one step closer to providing billable services to the clients of Pathways independently. I also see it as a resume builder.” While she describes the process as complicated, she revels in her success – “the fact that I have succeeded boosts my confidence.” It is a feeling that is shared by the individuals with whom she works – “the clients saw me take the test online, they saw me buy the textbooks, and when they saw me pass the test, the whole house celebrated!” Kelly has not stopped her process of becoming all that she can be. She is currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at the University of Phoenix and is taking her second class on her way to earning a BA in Psychology. She says she is enjoying her classes so far and plans to “use the degree to continue doing what I’m doing now – helping people.” Her recipe for success is simple, “I take one day at a time and do the best that I can.”
Jeffrey Elcano, MSW, Mental Health Counselor III for the Calamo/Terry program, received his Master of Social Work (MSW) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Acceptance into a Specialized Program
Eliina Belenkiy, BA, QMHP, Mental Health Counselor II with the Supported Housing Options Program, will begin attending George Mason University in the fall semester. Eliina is pursuing her M.Ed in Counseling and Development with a concentration in Community Agency Counseling. She received her BA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California.
Katherine Benson, BS, QMHP, Mental Health Counselor II with the Semi-Independent Program, will begin attending the MSW program at George Mason University in the fall semester. Katie received her BS in Psychology from Old Dominion University.
Ashley Inks, MS, NCC, Project Director for the Supported Housing Options Program, will begin the Psychology Doctoral program at Capella University in October. Ashley will be specializing in Clinical Psychology during this four-year program to obtain her PsyD.
Elizabeth Dye, M.Ed, NCC, Mental Health Counselor II at Stevenson Place, is in the process of completing her supervision hours in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Sarah Goodrum, MSW, Mental Health Counselor II in the Semi-Independent Program, is in the process of completing her supervision hours in order to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
From Intern to Employee
Roger Dever came to Pathway Homes as an undergraduate intern at Dave’s House II at Kincaid in September 2011. However, his maturity and clinical skills surpassed those of a bachelor’s degree-level clinician. As a result, Roger was offered the opportunity to move into a Mental Health Counselor II position with the Supported Living team. Randy Shusman, his supervisor, is full of praise for Roger’s contributions, stating, “I had the pleasure of supervising Roger as an intern throughout the fall and spring semesters. The skill sets and enthusiasm he brings to the table have been invaluable. We are very fortunate to have Roger join Pathway Homes as an employee.” Roger was equally enthusiastic in his academic pursuits. Graduating with honors from George Mason University (GMU) in May 2012, he was the recipient of the 2012 Academic Excellence Award for Social Work. He is currently registered for the Master of Social Work program at GMU and plans to begin this fall. He values his experience at Pathway Homes stating, “It is refreshing to see such a large group of people who legitimately work towards one goal and are passionate about it. From consumer to CEO, everyone is working together and it makes me want to do the same thing.” Roger previously worked with adolescents but feels his experience at Pathway Homes has introduced him to the possibility of working with adults in the future. He says his long term goal is to become licensed, teach, provide clinical supervision and work in private practice.