Social Worker Recognized Provincially and Regionally for Leadership in Trauma-informed Therapy and Services

CHATHAM-KENT: March 15, 2016 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce that Holly Earl-McCubbin, Mental Health and Addiction Therapist, received provincial and regional recognition for outstanding leadership in her field. Ms. Earl-McCubbin was one of two recipients chosen by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) for the OASW 2016 Inspirational Leaders Award and the recipient of OASW Southwestern Branch’s Distinguished Social Work Service Award for 2015.
The OASW’s Inspirational Leaders Award is presented annually during Social Work Week (March 7-11). The recipients of this award are chosen for their contributions to the profession that inspire others and reflect this year’s Social Work Week theme: Social Workers Help Turn Issues into Answers. Recipients are profiled on the OASW website ( during the week and receive a monetary award. Given her involvement with trauma therapy, Holly has chosen to use her award to make a charitable donation to First Presbyterian Church in Chatham for sponsorship of a refugee family. 
“It’s been a truly rewarding experience to be part of a team that’s supportive of advancing trauma-informed care within our local mental health services. Patient representatives, my peers and our community partners have worked diligently alongside me to put trauma-informed intervention into practice,” said Earl-McCubbin.
The OASW Nominating Committee noted Holly’s extensive leadership in Chatham-Kent over the past 35 years, particularly in promoting trauma-informed therapy and services. The following examples were included: 
• Development of initiatives to advance trauma-informed care
• Advocacy for the assessment and inclusion of trauma-informed intervention as a standard practice within the field of Mental Health and Addictions services
• Introduction of Dialectical Behavioural and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapies
• Engaging others to respond to the potential exclusion of social workers from the Psychotherapy Act 
"Holly’s leadership and expertise make her a deserving recipient of both this regional and provincial recognition," said Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Integrated Director of Operations, Mental Health and Addictions Programs, CKHA and CMHA Lambton-Kent. “She has dedicated much of her learning toward the development and maintenance of a highly regarded practice in trauma therapy. In her recent role as Chair of the Trauma-Informed Care Committee, she has championed the advancement of trauma-informed care within the Mental Health and Addictions Programs.”
Ms. Earl-McCubbin was also the recipient of the OASW Southwestern Branch’s Distinguished Social Work Service Award 2015. The branch recognizes a local OASW member during Social Work Week for demonstrated leadership and commitment, not only to the OASW, but also to the social work profession in a manner that is consistent with the OASW Mission Statement. The selection is based on the candidate’s community involvement, exceptionality in dedication, reliability, resourcefulness, creativity, ability to get others involved, and the positive impact that the recipient has had on other colleagues, agencies and clients. In addition to her role at CKHA, Ms. Earl-McCubbin provides therapy services one day a week at Family Service Kent.
“As a well-respected social worker in Chatham-Kent, Holly has provided consistent, excellent care to our most vulnerable clients over her decades of practicing in the community,” said Brad Davis, Executive Director, Family Service Kent. “Her commitment and professionalism continue to be an inspiration to others in the field.”
The awards were presented during the OASW Southwestern Branch’s Annual General Meeting and Social Work Week networking event at the Yacht Club in Windsor, March 10, 2016. As the voice of social workers in Ontario, OASW is a voluntary, provincial, non-profit bilingual association for social workers. All practicing members have a university degree in social work at the bachelors, masters or doctoral level. Incorporated in 1964 with over 5000 members and 15 branches across the province, OASW speaks on behalf of the interests and concerns of social workers. 
To arrange an interview please contact:
Emily Field, Communications Jr. Officer
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 x 5326 

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