Title: Clinical Program Manager II
Company: Division of Child & Family Services,
Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
Location: Las Vegas, NV United States
Originally an assistant purchase manager, Nancy Sirkin found that people were comfortable opening up to her, and considered changing careers. Eventually, she decided to pursue psychology, and started in the field as a service worker. Ms. Sirkin worked her way up, all with the state of Nevada, and later shifted to the mental health side. She is now a clinical program manager II for the Division of Child & Family Services at the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services. The government organization provides health care services, children’s mental health, welfare, and protective services, and juvenile justice. In her role, Ms. Sirkin serves as an administrator at the Desert Willow treatment center and runs the day-to-day operations.
The biggest challenge Ms. Sirkin faces in her career comes when she sees other professionals give up on kids and families, or focus on the negative rather than the positive. The bulk of her training is in family preservation, and she doesn’t give up easily. Ms. Sirkin attributes her success to her ability to fix things. She gets put into programs that are struggling, and has turned them around. Ms. Sirkin has the patience and leadership skills to step back and not get caught up in drama. She is inspired by seeing people get better and move forward.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Sirkin earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. Looking forward, Ms. Sirkin intends to work three days a week and focus on the next generation of therapists. She wants to supervise and mentor interns toward licensure, and has very high standards. Ms. Sirkin is also considering opening a small practice of her own at some point.
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