LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA, March 6, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Megan B. Phillips, ICADC, DAC/SSW, Owner and Operator of Integrated Hoarding Response Inc. has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in her professional endeavors.
Ms. Phillips has 15 years of professional experience, having recently become the owner and operator of Integrated Hoarding Response Inc. Over the years, she has become an expert in recognizing, assessing and intercepting addictive and self-destructive behavior. On a daily basis, she is responsible for rectifying fire hazards and safety concerns by de-cluttering homes of individuals that exhibit signs of compulsive hoarding behavior. Prior to joining Integrated Hoarding Response Inc., Ms. Phillips worked for several years of direct care work with high-risk young offenders in custody and detention centers. She also spent several years working with homeless street addicts and incarcerated adult high-risk offenders, and concurrent disorders case management.
As a certified addictions counselor with additional educational background in social services and human services, Ms. Phillips began instructing at a local career college five years ago. She developed a student volunteer community program that addressed the gaps in service delivery for individuals living with compulsive hoarding. Through the evolution and formalization of this program, she developed a full nonprofit community response strategy that assisted anywhere from 11-25 clients per year that were facing eviction for safety hazards as a result of hoarding. This program encompassed case management, counseling, clean-outs and community referrals that was entirely student directed and supported. This program collaborated with multiple community mental health agencies, the local fire department and housing providers to effectively intercept hoarding behaviors.
She attributes her success to her education, ability to work with clients and learn from the clients, willingness to collaborate with other community partners, willingness to think creatively and think outside the box, drive, determination and refusal to quit. She became involved in her industry because she began working with homeless street addicts with severe mental health concerns who hoarded possessions upon gaining access to housing. In order to prevent newly housed clients from losing their housing, she transferred her skills in addiction specific interventions to designing treatment plans and action plans for compulsive hoarding. After accepting an instructor position with a local career college, she created a community response program through her student body to assist the local fire department in preventing further homelessness and interrupting the eviction process for compulsive hoarders. This allowed her to simultaneously continue re-vamping the program through experimentation to determine best practices, train her students for their upcoming careers and fill the absence of services for compulsive hoarding in London.
Ms. Phillips is pursuing a Bachelor of Professional Arts in counseling at Athabasca University, having received a diploma in addictions and social service work through the Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2000. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor. She was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with London's Coalition on Hoarding, the London Homeless Coalition, and London's Homeless Memorial Committee. In 2012, she received a Parthenon Award from Everest College, having received a Dream Award from Everest College in 2010. In years to come, Ms. Phillips aims to expand her business throughout London, Ontario and neighboring communities while also pursuing nonprofit status.
Integrated Hoarding Response Inc. is a compulsive hoarding intervention program that provides treatment strategies and therapeutic interventions, home clean-up services, and programs conducted by certified counselors and social workers to identify and address underlying causes of symptomatic compulsive hoarding in people and intercept further hoarding behavior. For more information about Integrated Hoarding Response Inc., visit http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/megan-phillips/16/7a1/74
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