Family Counseling Services is pleased to welcome two new members to our Chemical Dependency (CD) team…though one is a familiar face.
Back in 2011, Deidre Plumley was finishing her degree at TC3 and decided to volunteer at Cortland Prevention Resources, a division of FCS. Within a short time she was hired as a Prevention Specialist providing public education, professional training and programming for youth. Her TC3 professors encouraged her to continue her education and she transitioned into the Human Services program at SUNY Cortland and completed a bachelor’s degree. And she did this while holding down a full time job and raising two daughters. “I think my professors saw a potential that I didn’t recognize and convinced me to continue my education,” said Plumley.
So she didn’t stop there.
In August, Plumley graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in social work along with additional coursework to qualify as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in training (CASAC-T). “I’m at a place that I didn’t think I could have gotten to,” she said.
With degree in hand, Plumley has changed positions at the agency. A familiar face but in a new role. “Family Counseling had what I needed and it’s a good fit for me,” she said. “They supported my career goals and were willing to listen and bolster my strengths and interests. I’m just as loyal as the company I work for.”
As a new clinician, Plumley looks forward to gaining more experience and “making the community a little bit better.” “Addiction is a horrible debilitating mental health disease. It leaves people with a hopeless feeling and I want to do what I can to change that situation.”
Grazul a welcome addition to the FCS family!
Program Director Mandy Stout is very pleased to have Martha Grazul join the CD team. “Martha brings many years of experience working with clients that struggle with substance use,” said Stout. “In addition to being a CASAC, Martha is an LPN, adding some diversity to the credentials on our team which we’re very excited about.
Grazul started with a career in nursing and received her LPN in 1983. “I got into nursing because I enjoy the work…developing a therapeutic rapport with my patients,” she shared. “When I moved to New York in 2003 I decided to work at CARS OP (Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services outpatient services) and take classes to receive my CASAC. I have worked in the substance abuse treatment field since that time…about eleven years to become a Senior Counselor at CARS OP.”
Grazul is highly motivated by the positive outcomes of her work with clients. “I want to help others and to help them get to a healthier place in their lives. When they feel good about themselves they give that back to everyone in the group and back to me and that’s progress,” she said.
So what led her to join the FCS team? ” I appreciate how FCS is a dual focus agency working closely together to meet client needs simultaneously,” she shared. “This is truly a ‘no wrong door agency.’ “