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Lucy Rimington has held several roles at SCAN and most recently returned in 2021 to serve as the Family Support Program Clinical Coordinator.
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
In August of 2010, I reached out to Melissa McGinn with my interest in being a children’s group facilitator with SCAN. At the time, I was a clinician in the Richmond City Schools and wanted to extend my opportunities for working with children. I was intrigued by the SCAN program and pulled in by the mission. I facilitated the children’s group at William Byrd for a while, before adding one at 103 E Grace St. Since that time, I’ve spent time as a Parent Facilitator, the FAM Coordinator, and now (again) as the FSP Clinical Supervisor.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I had early experiences volunteering as a youth that I think initially started by interest in working with people in a helping role. I enjoyed the study of psychology in undergraduate and found places to volunteer while at Virginia Tech on a crisis line and a domestic violence shelter. I think these experiences shaped my interest in supporting individuals experiencing trauma. My practicum and internships while in graduate school were in a clinical role in the Richmond City Schools. I learned so much from the kids during this time that really shaped my interest in focusing on trauma and parenting work.
What inspires you to stay involved with SCAN?
The stories parents share in the Family Support Program inspire me to stay involved. Even with so many barriers, we hear parents wanting to show up for their children more than they did the day before. There is so much magic in parenting. Positive parenting practices can really shape our world for the better.
I also feel energized by the culture at SCAN—it is community of dedicated people connected by the most important mission there is.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
I’d love for more people to know the scope of SCAN’s services that are encompassed within the 5 programs. The work that is being done by SCAN is far-reaching and aims to reach families both in prevention and treatment (it’s not just reactive!) I also would love more people to have a better sense about the complex, layered situations caregivers are facing when they’ve been “mandated” to services. This isn’t a story about “bad” parents- all parents really do need help both directly from services like SCAN and systemically.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
I think my best experiences with SCAN so far have been in the “graduation” night of the 20 week parenting program. It is really an honor to witness the resilience and growth of families at the end of the 20 weeks.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?
My husband and I have 3 children, Hadley (6), Charley (4) and Sally (1.5.) They are so fun. Most of our time surrounds being with them and doing all the things they like to do (which typically is not all the same thing at the same time, so every day is an adventure over here!) I do serve as the Chair of the All Saints Preschool Parent Council where my younger two attend and I enjoy being active in their schools. We spend a lot of time outside—and most recently have been making a lot of s’mores by the fire pit!
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I left SCAN in 2015 when I was both the FAM Coordinator and the FSP Clinical Supervisor. I had my first child in 2015 and decided to focus only on my private practice in my professional world. When I left in 2015, there was a part of me that was curious about when I would be back and I really am grateful to be back on the SCAN team.