Staffing Spotlight: Jacqueline Knaup, Assistant Clinical Director and Primary Therapist

Get to know Jacqueline Knaup, our Assistant Clinical Director and Primary Therapist. In this interview, we cover her background, the most demanding part of her job, and what working for 449 Recovery means to her.

1. How long have you been working at 449 Recovery?

Just shy of one year. I started on April 18th, 2016.

2. What is your position/title?

I’m the Assistant Clinical Director and a Primary Therapist.

3. What made you choose this profession?

Bottom line is that I love people. I’ve always had the desire to work in a helping profession, but my passion for therapy is the product of my personal life journey.

4. What is your college/university background?

I graduated in 2007 from Biola University in La Mirada, CA with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. I graduated with my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2015.

5. Do you take any continued education or training for your work?

Every day is continuing education for me! However, I receive weekly supervision and training from Duane Durst, LMFT. I also attend trainings related to my field as often as I can. I’m planning to begin work to be certified in some specific trauma therapies this year, specifically in either EMDR or Somatic Experiencing.

6. During your time at 449 Recovery, where have you lived/worked from?

I live in Rancho Santa Margarita, and have lived in the same apartment the whole time. I’ve worked almost exclusively in our new building, but had the privilege of working my first two weeks at the old building.

7. Are you married…do you have kids?

Yes, my husband and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary on April 12th. No kids. Maybe one day… maybe.

8. What are your hobbies or special interests outside of work?

Cooking, coffee, puppies, Crossfit and hanging with friends. I’m pretty much down for anything, but I love relaxing with my husband and my dog.

9. Are you involved with any charities or volunteer work?

Sadly, not at this time. #goals

10. What is the best part of your job at 449, or the most rewarding aspect?

My two favorite parts of my job are my work with clients and the staff with whom I serve. Both of these aspects make my job overwhelmingly rewarding, and I’m so grateful.

11. What is the most demanding part of your job?

I’d have to say that my favorite parts of the job are also the most demanding. Caring for my clients and my staff can be a rollercoaster sometimes. Let’s just say that every day is an adventure, and I’m always looking for how I can better serve my clients and uplift my staff.

12. How have you seen this industry change?

Well, this is my first job in this industry (prior to this I worked primarily in community mental health). However, from the outside looking in, it seems that the industry used to be fairly homogenized but it has become increasingly separated- for better and for worse. It seems that the cream is really rising to the top in terms of quality programs that are passionate about doing good, ethical work; and simultaneously there’s a rise in complicating issues such as body brokering or just an overall lack of professionalism. That said, I’m persistently hopeful that there will be a strong movement toward ethical, passionate and professional care for this population.

13. What does it mean to you to work for 449 Recovery?

It means that I’m a part of the family. It means that I have the opportunity every day to build relationships with clients to help them achieve their goals. It means I work with the most kick ass clinical team ever. It means I’m grateful.

14. How has working at 449 Recovery changed your thinking about addiction?

My experience working at 449 has increased my insight and empathy for individuals and families impacted by addiction. I think one of my favorite parts of working at 449 is that my views of treatment are complementary with 449’s mission.

15. How do you encourage others to join your field?

I usually encourage people to find what they are passionate about… if that happens to be my field, well, the more the merrier!

16. Anything else you would like to share?

Just my gratitude! I feel extremely blessed to work with and for such amazing people!

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