As a Recovery Support Specialist, Michelle Baynes-Owens supports clients in maintaining their recovery and improving the quality of their lives and relationships. Using active listening, she is able to respond in ways that empower her clients to stay in the recovery process.
Michelle provides coaching for clients and their families and provides additional support as needed, including finding community resources. Through regular communication with her clients, their family members, and other people who support them, she helps them create productive, healthy lives in recovery.
Prior to taking on this position at Caron in 2021, Michelle was a certified peer support specialist for six years at a behavioral health agency for clients with mental health disorders and substance use disorders.
Michelle is a certified recovery specialist and a certified peer support specialist. She has a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program studying community leadership. She has a Bachelor of Science in education from Lancaster Bible College, also in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and an associate degree in legal studies from Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, Delaware.
My goal is to listen empathetically and provide my clients with an alternative, positive perspective on life that will support living in their specific solutions and empower them to build new lives in recovery.”