Villages Highlight: Trina Miller
“I love working with children. That’s my passion,” says Trina Miller, The Villages of Indiana clinical director in Northwest Indiana.
She joined The Villages team two and half years ago. “The Villages has a really good reputation. When I took the position, I realized within a few months I really liked it. During COVID quarantine last year, it was evident The Villages leadership team really appreciates staff and the families we serve,” says Trina.
She says the leadership team made it easy for staff to transition to work from home by making sure computers and technology worked well. “We had meetings to be sure everyone was ok. They allowed people to share thoughts and struggles,” says Trina. “We were so taken care of it was very enlightening.”
Trina credits The Villages for giving her the opportunity to continue learning and expanding her expertise. She has a master’s in social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is studying to become credentialed in Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and become a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician (CSAYC). “The Villages has helped me get these credentials and I’m very thankful for that,” says Trina.
Trina’s expertise and skills have been put into action to keep families together through the new Family Perseveration Services program launched last year. When the Indiana Department of Child Services team believes a parent could safely care of a child in their home with support and assistance, the family is referred to Family Preservation Services. Trina works with parents providing services several times a week and connects these families with services in the area to support a healthy family environment. “The program validates why we do this type of work,” says Trina.
“I am seeing the progress children are making. Some were in a rough situation, and now we’re seeing and sharing their victories,” says Trina, who says her specialty is working with children with trauma.