Donia Addison is a licensed clinical social worker with more than eighteen years of experience in the human services field.
She received her Bachelor degree from Indiana University Southeast, her Master of Social Work from Spalding University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, with a prospective graduation date of May 2022.
She is a combat Army veteran, having served more than nine years and completing one tour overseas.
Donia is experienced in a myriad of settings, to include inpatient psychiatric, school based mental health therapy, psychotherapy in private practice and case management at the Department of Veteran Affairs.
She is trained in multiple treatment modalities to include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desinsitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
She has worked with an array of clients, navigating small and large systems to deliver the best care to clients served.
She serves as the African American program lead for the Special Emphasis Program Manager program, part of an Equal Employment Opportunity initiative to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at the Department of Veteran Affairs.
She has co-written several articles, written self-care blog posts, engaged in research around self-care and organizational wellness, and was part of a collaborative team helping to develop a wellness initiative at a multi-state human services agency.
Last, but certainly not least, Donia is passionate about preventing professional burnout by preparing culturally competent leaders and promoting intentional self-care practices.