Staff Highlight: Dawn Collinge, LPC

Learn more about Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Skyland Trail.

Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS, Education Outreach Coordinator
Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS
Education Outreach Coordinator

How long have you been at Skyland Trail? “7 years.”

What made you want to go into the mental health field? “Listening to a psychologist during career day when I was a junior in high school. But, it took another 20 years before I actually entered the field.

How do you think the field of mental health treatment has changed since you’ve been involved? “Are you kidding? I started in 1988 with handwritten charts and the DSM III-R! [There have been] vast improvements in medications, evidence-based treatments, and a better understanding of brain functioning. It’s tough to think back on some of the things that were part of the usual treatment then versus what we know today.”

What (or who) inspires you? “The patients/clients—always. [They display] amazing resilience and determination.”

What are you most proud of from your time at Skyland Trail? “I’m really glad I am ending my career at this amazing organization. The best team of co-workers ever—and I’ve been lucky to have many stellar co-workers over the years. I think and hope I’ve contributed.”

What are you most looking forward to in retirement? “Freedom to more often spend my time doing what I want—nothing if that makes sense. I’m also looking forward to time with family, to travel, volunteer, or whatever else interests me!”

What advice would you give to young clinicians just beginning their careers in mental health? “Always remember it’s not about us, but about facilitating the process of recovery and achieving a life worth living.”

What advice would you give to family members or friends who are supporting a loved one in treatment? “Practice self-care and have your own supports. Learn the difference between supporting and ‘fixing.'”