Cheryl Knepper oversees the growth and management of Breakthrough programming, recreation and wellness services and programs, family services, art and music therapy, and clinical projects.
Cheryl has held many key clinical leadership roles at Caron, helping to design Caron Pennsylvania's core/signature model and developing new programming. Most recently she served as senior vice president of core programming.
She has worked extensively in the field of behavioral health since 1986. She is a master’s level licensed professional counselor (LPC), a board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC), a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC), a certified sex addiction therapist/supervisor (CSAT-S), and a certified multiple addictions therapist/supervisor (CMAT-S). Cheryl is professionally trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and 12-step facilitation.
Cheryl has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Her presentation topics include women and addiction; sexual addiction and the chemically dependent population; adolescent self-injury; understanding co-occurring disorders; benefits of art therapy when working with a substance abuse population; the importance of a continuum of care; family systems approach to addiction treatment; and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with adults, teens, and families. She has also co-authored peer-reviewed research and has been published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, The Journal of Treatment and Prevention: Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, and numerous articles for trade magazines.
In addition, she has had academic appointments as adjunct faculty at Marywood University and Kutztown University. Cheryl has proctored clinical internships affiliated with Penn State University, Drexel/Hahnemann University, Alvernia University, Villanova University, and George Washington University.