Name: Dawn Trott '09 MSW
Profession/Field: Director of Recovery Services
Bio and Key Accomplishments: I serve as the director of Recovery Services for Whiting Forensic Hospital, overseeing rehab therapists, occupational therapists, vocational counselors, hairdressing, substance use counselors, and chaplaincy. I also work as a crisis clinician in the St. Francis Emergency Room and a therapist in private practice. I’m blessed to use my degree to serve the most underprivileged, marginalized populations in the state.
Memorable Moment at UConn SSW: My time at UConn was longer than some peers because I attended part time for years before matriculating. This means I had ample time to get to know staff and peers, learning so much from everyone, from housekeeping to administrators!
Lasting Lessons from UConn SSW: Besides the fact that I’m still terrible at statistics, I’ve learned so much about my place in the world and being a light for others. I’m so much more able to be present in the moment and not take anything for granted.
Important Influence from UConn SSW: Peter Papallo was the absolute best faculty member I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. I learned so much about diagnosing and the clinical aspect, but more importantly, how to sit with discomfort and silence.