Faces of Rosecrance: Misty Owens

Misty Owens is a Unit Counselor on one of the boys’ units at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus. As a Unit Counselor, she helps the boys with their day-to-day tasks – waking them up in the morning, facilitating groups, getting them to their meals and to school. She also manages her own cases, meeting with clients and families one-on-one in her counselor role. She has worked in a variety of positions at Rosecrance, including leading the family support group and filling in at our Access Department, as well as filling in for primary counselors where needed. “My primary role is a direct care staff member, but I take every opportunity that I can get.”

Misty described for us how the clients are accountable to both their peers and the counselors during their stay at Rosecrance: “We have a group in the morning called ‘Reflections.’ They identify three feelings that they’re experiencing, they identify a recovery-related goal for the day, and they say three things that they’re thankful for. After they process that for a bit, the group makes a goal together to work on throughout the day. At the end of the day, they discuss whether they met that goal and what the barriers were to accomplish it.”

“We also do what’s called ‘Recovery Review.’ That gives them in an opportunity in the middle of the day, after school and group, an opportunity to discuss with their primary counselor what they’ve done that day for their recovery. And if they haven’t done anything, they discuss what they will do moving forward to ensure that the day isn’t lost.”

The ‘level system’ at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson allows clients to practice their recovery, and to experience rewards for displaying leadership skills, recovery focus, and participation in group discussion. All clients who enter treatment start out on the ‘Newcomer’ level. From there they can move up to ‘Peer,’ ‘Chair,’ ‘Sponsor,’ and ‘Mentor.’ A lot of the wording is taken from the 12-Step community. In order to move up in the level system, clients must receive at least four signatures from staff on their petition sheet. When clients reach the top level, they have shown that they are able to lead themselves and others in their recovery.

“The people in this building work very, very hard. But the kids here are doing tremendous work also. Some of these kids have probably slept in for years and they do whatever they want to do. To come here, have to wake up early every morning and do all these things we’re asking them to do, even when they don’t want to… they’re really the ones that are doing the work of recovery.”