In June 2021, Turning Point welcomed Chase Zajc to the Executive Leadership team as Clinical Director.
Before Turning Point, Chase worked as Clinical Director for a more extensive residential campus facility in Illinois with about 100 kids across ten programs. He was with that company for almost 12 years. Chase has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. His undergraduate degree is in sports management. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, studying social work leadership through the Chicago school of professional psychology.
As Chase worked his way up the ladder in the mental health field, he noticed something was missing. “Quality leadership in the mental health field seems to be less of a priority, and I want to open doors to improving those systems.” Chase has a collaborative and energetic approach to leadership, hitting the ground running with getting programs guided in the right direction, hiring new key players, and discerning how best to approach opportunities ahead.
Chase’s goal through Turning Point is to make trauma-informed care accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of socioeconomic status, insurance type, or if they are receiving inpatient services or outpatient services. In moving forward with that, we are presently infusing Turning Point with new treatment models and training so that every level of staff that someone may contact gets a piece of that trauma-informed perspective. Additionally, we partner with state agencies, community partners, and leaders to best help as many people as possible.
Turning Point is both training and hiring to reflect this goal and is enhancing the treatment culture to ensure that Turning Point functions in a trauma-informed way. The specific treatment models added to Turning Point’s training program include Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.
In June, Chase, his wife, and their 5-year-old son moved to Fort Collins from Illinois. His son just started kindergarten, and his wife works in hospitals in Colorado. Chase loves sports, reading and looks forward to getting involved with outdoor activities in Colorado. He is a huge Red Sox fan and enjoys watching them make their way towards another World Series championship.
This pandemic has created many unforeseen challenges, both internally and with the population of clients served. However, Turning Point has learned a lot during this time, grown in ways it needed to grow, and is looking forward to the road ahead under Chase’s team-like approach to leadership.