Behavioral Health Clinic Welcomes…

Kennedy Peloquin received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons University in 2022. In addition to her education, Kennedy has had eight years of experience working with children and families. Her experience includes working as a substitute teacher, residential counselor of adolescents living in a STARR (Short-term Rapid Reintegration) program, Therapeutic Mentor, and Intensive Care Coordinator. Through all of these experiences, Kennedy is well-versed in the principles of Wrap-Around Services and local community resources. She has helped families with issues of housing, social security, and special education including navigating the IEP and 504 plan process. She enjoys working with children of all ages and prides herself on her ability to build rapport with both the youth and families she serves.

 

Margaret Ruocco joined the Saint Vincent’s Services team in June 2022. Margaret graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) in 2020. Margaret has extensive knowledge of Wrap-around Principles/Services having worked as an In-home Therapy Clinician for the last 2 years. In her role as an in-home therapist, Margaret utilized a strengths-based approach to develop a therapeutic relationship with the client/family in order to treat the client’s behavioral health and improve the family’s ability to provide effective support to the client to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family. In addition to her time working as an in-home therapist, Margaret has worked for the New Bedford Crisis Center and Fellowship Health Resources. Margaret’s clinical skills and experience will be invaluable to the youth and families she will work with.

 

Robert Lima joined the Saint Vincent’s team in July as a Clinic Supervisor. Rob is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Rob has several years of experience working as a School Adjustment Counselor and has worked at other area agencies providing clinic and school-based individual and family counseling, as well as in-home therapy. Most recently, Rob has worked at an area agency as a child outpatient clinician and supervisor. Throughout this time, Rob has worked as Part-Time Faculty in the Counselor Education Department at Bridgewater State University. Rob is also pursuing his doctorate in counselor education and supervision. We anticipate that Rob will make an immediate impact on the families he will work with as well as the clinicians he supervises. With his experience as a clinician, educator, and clinical supervisor Rob will work in collaboration with the Director of Behavioral Health Services to identify and improve efficiencies for the clinic.