Jane Finch is 2011 NCSCSW Social Worker of the Year

Join us at our Fall event where Jane will be recognized and presented with a plaque.

Jane's professional life has focused on substance abuse treatment. She is co-founder of Changes By Choice in Durham, a collaborative of medical and mental health practitioners providing outpatient services for substance abuse, addictions, and compulsive disorders.

She teaches workshops for clinicians on assessment and treatment of addictive disorders, Motivational Interviewing techniques, and ethics for guiding professional response during times of disaster. Jane presented on ethical decision-making and action at NCSCSW's Annual Ethics Workshop in 2009. Additionally, she provides clinical supervision for social workers seeking licensure and is a member of the Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society. She has served as small group leader for their weekend experiential workshops.

Jane became interested in providing mental health services to victims of disaster in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd and 9/11. For the last several years, she has volunteered her time and clinical expertise in helping people recover from disaster. She was trained in Critical Incident Debriefing and the Red Cross' Mental Health Training and joined the Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health volunteer. In 2005, she was deployed to assist in the Red Cross response to Hurricane Katrina. Jane became co-leader for mental health services with the Red Cross' Central Carolina chapter in 2006 and, now, serves on the chapter's Disaster Leadership Team, organizing for preparedness and response.

Jane puts her social work values and skills into practice in non-clinical settings as well. Since 2005, she has volunteered with the American Dance Festival, welcoming dancers from all over the world and assisting with hospitality events for them. She was an early board member and continues to manage the email listserv for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, an environmental non-profit whose mission is the restoration of Ellerbe Creek.

Through her work with her clients and her community, Jane exemplifies clinical social work values and challenges us to identify ways we, too, can respond in times of need. Thank you, Jane, and Congratulations!