Alison L. VanHorn
Alison VanHorn is the Family Department Supervisor, a role in which she supports and guides patients and their families to creating healthy, open relationships.
Using evidence-based therapeutic treatments, she gives family members a place to safely process and heal.
She has worked in various roles at Caron Renaissance over the past six years, as a counselor assistant for three years and as a primary therapist for three years. Alison was one of the first dialectical behavioral therapy team members when it was implemented into Renaissance’s therapeutic program.
Alison has prior experience working as an individual and family therapist at an adolescent treatment center where she provided trauma-informed care, treating male teens who faced addiction and mental health issues and providing support for family members.
Her passion is evident in her clinical practices through continued promotion of recovery and healing for individuals with addiction and mental health disorders and family members who have been impacted.
Alison is a Florida board-certified addiction professional and clinician who specializes in the treatment of individuals with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. She has experience and training in various clinical approaches including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), EMDR-T, cognitive behavioral therapy, and is a NARM-informed professional (Neuroaffective Relational Model). Alison has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health for six years providing quality care, individual and group therapy, crisis management, and psychoeducation for patients and their families both in residential and clinical settings.
Alison has extensive volunteer experience with the FBI and the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force in Philadelphia, where she participated in a national initiative to raise awareness of addiction and human trafficking in 2018. As a result of her work with this initiative and her own personal experiences, Alison was asked to provide a keynote speech at the Buck’s Coalition Against Trafficking conference in Pennsylvania in 2018 about the addiction, mental health, and sex trafficking epidemics and to promote a shift in resources and treatment available to help those impacted.
She has a master’s degree in criminology and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with honors. Alison is currently in a master’s program in social work at Florida Atlantic University. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.