Below is an interview with Dr. Michael Horne, who is the Director of Clinical Services in the Diocese of Arlington.
How did you come to Catholic Charities?
Prior to starting here in May 2012, I was working my private practice.
I felt like my ability to address the needs of the community was limited to the people sitting in front of me. However, as a Catholic Charities employee, I am a part of something bigger than myself and my clients — we are transforming lives across the diocese.
What exactly do you do in your role?
As the Director of Clinical Services, I oversee the 11 mental health clinics that CCDA operates across the Diocese, as well as the Center for Adoption and Pregnancy Services, and St Martin de Porres Senior Services. Primarily, I handle the managerial side of clinical services — staff development, writing grants, program expansion, and networking with local agencies that share CCDA’s mission, but I still work with a variety of clients in Fredericksburg and Colonial Beach who are hoping to overcome marital issues, mood disorders, traumatic experiences, or other mental health concerns.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Finding more resources so we can hire more clinicians, case workers, and specialists. In order to help the largest number of people in the Diocese, we need to have a passionate and dynamic group of personnel to go to where the needs are greatest.
What is the best part of your job?
The thing I look forward to the most is interacting with the people I work with—colleagues, clergy, and clients. It’s a phenomenal gift.
Why are you passionate about Catholic-based psychology?
We see each person CCDA serves as a child of God created in His image and likeness—that belief changes everything. It’s completely different than seeing the person as a collection of symptoms or a series of problems. We want all those whose lives we touch to fully develop into the person that God has called them to be.