Posted on May 3, 2016 by Laura Fuller
Aubri Clements, BS, LCDC-I – NeuroPlasticity Specialist
Due to her father’s drug and alcohol addiction, Aubri says her parents divorced when she was just 11, giving her personal insight into the dangers addiction can place on family members. Seeing firsthand how destructive her father’s lifestyle was – not only to himself but also to the people around him – opened her eyes to this disease and the devastating effects it has on those who suffer from it. Being part of a team that not only focuses on the apparent addiction but also on all multiple facets that make up the individual and their disease, is something that has driven Aubri’s desire to be part of the solution from a very young age. Serving at a facility like Origins, where clients receive expert medical, clinical and spiritual care individually designed for their needs is extremely exciting and gratifying for her. She has been a grateful participant in the 12-Step community for many years, and she considers it a blessing to be working alongside and learning from such an amazing team.
What brought you to Origins?
My Higher Power definitely had His hand in my working for Origins. The Christmas before I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I came to visit my parents down on the island. While I was here, my mom introduced me to Laura Martinez, who is now my boss, and I was given the opportunity to do an internship with her during my break. The following March, Laura called and offered me a position in the PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) department. I graduated on May 4th and moved to the Island to begin working the very next day. It couldn’t have been a more perfect, smooth transition.
If there were only one thing you could tell us about working within your client specialty area, what would it be?
Addiction does not discriminate; it spans across all cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. I am a part of the PNP department within Origins, where my primary responsibility is facilitating psychological testing for all clients during their stay. Through this role, I have learned a great deal about working with a broad client base. Looking deeper into the mental and psychological struggles these individuals may be facing allows for a more holistic approach to client recovery. Working in the PNP department has allowed me the opportunity to share the tools of self-regulation, for which I have a deep passion. The different breathing techniques and meditations that we teach here at Origins are parallel with the ones my mom taught me as a child. The ability to share my experience, strength, and hope has been a true gift. It is extremely encouraging to watch a client who’s been battling depression smile because they are experiencing hope and relief for the first time in years.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
As I reflect on my life goals, I can’t help but see how I am continuously being prepared and molded to be in the dedicated field of social work. My heart and passion is to work within the platform of empowering growth and rehabilitation. Assisting clients to instill skills and abilities that encourage a healthy and successful lifestyle is what I am striving to do. As I have familiarized myself with the role of a social worker, I have found that both my education and my work at Origins have provided major opportunities for me to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this field. As I continue my education, I am eager to gain even more experience and knowledge, which will give me the ability to more adequately serve.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?
I am currently in school to get my Masters in Social Work, and I will graduate this month. Upon completion, I will obtain an LMSW, as well as my LCDC license.
Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery?
I am not in recovery from addiction, but I have been involved in AA my entire life. I have also been a grateful member of Al-Anon since 2013. What I love most about being involved in this fellowship is that it has given me the platform to grow and heal. I came into the rooms very anxious, depressed, and broken. Today I have a renewed sense of hope and an excitement for life, and for that I am truly grateful.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies?
My biggest hobby is painting canvases. I find that it is very calming and therapeutic to sit down and pour your energy into creating a work of art. I am no Picasso by any means, but I do find pride and joy in my pieces. I also have a passion for elephants, so I enjoy incorporating this love into my artwork as well.
For more information regarding the many programs of Origins Behavioral HealthCare where Aubri Clements works, please visit: www.originsrecovery.com.