UCS announces new director of mental health, substance abuse services

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BENNINGTON — Lori Vadakin, formerly with VPI South Residential Treatment Centers for Girls in Bennington, has joined United Counseling Service as director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Vadakin will be responsible for the clinical and administrative oversight of the agency's system of care for mental health, substance use treatment and community rehabilitation and treatment programs.

Vadakin was the past director of trauma integration services at VPI South, and is a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and consultant. She received her BA in history/pre-law at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., and her master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch New England in Keene, N.H. Vadakin was one of the first clinicians trained in Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) in Vermont and provides trauma-informed care trainings. She is certified as a child specialist and an EMDR equilateral therapist.

"We are excited to welcome Lori to our team," Lorna Mattern, executive director of UCS, said in a media release. "She brings a wealth of clinical and training experience and we look forward to the leadership she will provide to the agency."

"I am so excited to be returning to United Counseling Service," said Vadakin, who previously worked for UCS as an outpatient clinician in the early 2000s. "This agency plays a vital role in the community and the staff truly care. The relationships they build with clients and the high quality of care provided is amazing."

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