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Lisa Wright has been a critical part of SCAN over the past 15 years. She serves as the Child Advocacy Center Trauma Focused Treatment Coordinator and Trauma Informed Community Network Co-Coordinator. Lisa also played a vital role in helping SCAN establish the first therapeutic preschool in our region in 2011. Her relentless work to make our community better for children and to help families heal is always done with kindness and care. SCAN is beyond grateful to have her expertise and passion.
How did you first get involved with SCAN? I started working at SCAN when the Child Advocacy Center opened in 2004. I had recently relocated to the Richmond area and was excited to see the opportunity to start an outpatient therapy program within the Child Advocacy Center.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN? I graduated from the VCU School of Social Work in 1993 with a specialization in Criminal Justice. I worked for several years in a center in Alexandria where I provided outpatient therapy to adolescents and adult sex offenders and earned my license in clinical social work. I then had the good fortune to work with Dr. Eliana Gil at the Kellar Center in Fairfax providing outpatient treatment for children. I learned about expressive therapies while at the Kellar Center and applied this knowledge when creating the Trauma-Focused Treatment Program at the Child Advocacy Center. I am also the mother of two beautiful kids and value everything that I have learned as a parent.
What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN? I am inspired every day by the commitment of our staff, the work of our Multidisciplinary Team partners, by the caregivers we serve and by every child who enters our program. I feel honored and privileged to be part of the healing journey for so many kids and families.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN? I wish everyone could see and hear more about the work that we do at SCAN. The healing that takes place within our programs is amazing. I value our careful protection of privacy and confidentiality but wish everyone could understand more about the work we do.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far? My best experiences with SCAN involve witnessing how much better kids and families are after they receive treatment. Our clients are incredibly resilient and work through such difficult thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic events that they experience. They inspire me.
What are any challenges you have faced in your work with SCAN? We work really hard to eliminate barriers for families to come in for therapy (e.g., transportation assistance, evening appointment hours, seeing multiple family members at one time with different treatment providers) but sometimes it is just too difficult for some to come in on a regular basis. It is challenging when we are not able to provide the services that we know will help.
Do you have any goals or hopes for the next year with SCAN? I am very excited to take on a new role this year in facilitating the Richmond Multidisciplinary Team and hope to continue to maintain a strong and healthy team.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities? I am one of two Coordinators for the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network, I love to attend cycle classes at the Y and occasionally run in short races. I also love dogs and have three at home.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you? Maybe not so surprising but I am also an adjunct faculty member for VCU’s School of Social Work. I am very passionate about teaching rising social workers and sharing so much of what I have learned in my years at SCAN.