Dawn DiCicco is the senior clinical director at Caron Renaissance, a role in which she gets to marry her experience as a clinician with her administrative experience. She enjoys being able to support the work her staff does while also striving to improve the services the department provides.
Dawn’s life experience has given her a deep sense of empathy, which she uses to ensure that families’ needs are being met. “To watch as families make a shift that often comes about because one person makes one little change is what I love most about my job,” she says. “That’s followed closely by having the privilege of working with such a creative and passionate team.”
She came to Caron Renaissance in 2015 as a family therapist before moving to the director of family services position in 2018. On August 5, 2019, she moved into the senior clinical director position. The variety of clinical roles she has had enables her to see the addiction treatment work at Caron Renaissance through a number of lenses, which adds both depth and breadth to the work she does. Her professional experience began at Renaissance in 1996 as a primary therapist. She also worked as a primary therapist for five years at Lifeskills of Boca Raton and then as a program coordinator and counseling specialist at the Florida Atlantic University Counseling Center. Before coming to Caron Renaissance, she was the director of clinical services in Deerfield Beach.
Dawn is a DBT-informed therapist and serves as the facilitator for the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) team at Caron Renaissance. She is also a board-certified diplomate, a designation that recognizes her 20 years of social work experience and a certified alcohol and addiction counselor. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She received her master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, specializing in addiction, and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology.