My name is Anna Davis. I am both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP). I am a supervisor in the Emergency Services at the Fairfax Falls-Church Community Services Board (CSB). I have worked for the CSB since 1991.
I had wanted to be a Child Welfare Attorney, an advocate for disadvantaged children. I went to school and fell in to Social Work, a degree that I thought would enable me to gain entrance into a prestigious law school. I completed course work and field placements on schedule until my last, it was going to be with Pre-Trial Services at the Fairfax County Court. I was so excited, I thought that this would bring the best of my love of social work and law.
I went to the interview and had a 2.5 hour meeting with my supervisor. We got along so well and she ended by giving me a tour of the site. Imagine my surprise when we started walking down the long corridor toward the Adult Detention Center. We went in and she showed me my "office" (an intern with an office, I was smitten!). Above the office door were the words "Alcohol and Drug Services." When I asked, the supervisor confirmed that the internship would indeed be with the relatively newly formed Alcohol and Drug Services.
I wanted to run. . . . Everyone in my family struggled with alcohol and other drug use issues and behavioral health challenges. I tried but could not get out of the internship. I started my first day and fell in love with the work. I worked there for 15 years. I got clean, worked on my behavioral health challenges and saw first hand the profound power of one addict helping another addict. I witnessed the miracle of seeing someone achieve recovery from profound trauma and living as a mentor assisting others.
I know the power of treating people with dignity and respect, affirming their right to agency and self-determination.
I became a CPMC so that I may learn the craft in such a manner that I benefit and am able to coach others in their journey toward wellness.