Cory Halpern has been the Director of Support Services at Caron Renaissance and Ocean Drive since 2010. He joined Caron in 2001.
His experience at Caron encompasses a variety of roles, including counselor assistant, therapist, primary therapist, family therapist, and case specialist. He has worn a lot of hats at Caron, which gives him a deep and broad knowledge of Caron operations and the ability to provide guidance and support to staff. “I am passionate about this work. When I pull up to my parking space every morning, I’m excited to be here and committed to doing my best.”
As director, he oversees the community living/residential part of the program, which includes supervising counselor assistants and maintenance and housekeeping staff. He trains and mentors his staff, providing support for them to do their best in their roles and take on new positions when they are ready. He also provides backup for the clinical team when necessary and offers supervision to clinical staff.
Prior to Caron, Cory worked for eight years in a psychiatric lockdown unit for a county program.
Cory is certified in a series of aggression control training and has instructed hundreds of direct care staff to increase their confidence and sense of team when challenged with working with aggressive individuals. He is also a certified addictions counselor.
Having had a role in establishing the Professionals Program is something I'm proud of because it serves a critical need for patients and families and gives them an option for treatment that they may otherwise may not have had.”