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Promises names Corbitt new VP

January 10, 2011
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Los Angeles, Calif. — Promises Treatment Centers has announced that Shari Corbitt, PsyD, has been named vice president of the organization. A part of Elements Behavioral Health, Promises has addiction treatment programs in West Los Angeles and Malibu, Calif.

Corbitt received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts (focusing on photography) from Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, N.Y., and then completed graduate work in psychology at Yeshiva University in New York, where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees. After moving to San Diego, Corbitt became the clinical director and director of psychological services at a multi-specialty health clinic on the Rincon Indian Reservation, which treated 16,000 Native Americans from seven different reservations.

She later accepted a position as clinical director at Sierra Tucson, a large treatment center in Tucson, Ariz., where she worked with executive director Keith Arnold. But when Arnold left Sierra Tucson to join Elements Behavioral Health, Corbitt moved back to southern California and became the executive director of a small treatment center that was re-inventing itself to become a more sophisticated dual-diagnosis program.

After Arnold alerted Corbitt about an opportunity at Promises, she said there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to work there. “I saw a real career path with Promises, a place I could call home. I had been looking for a clinically and administratively sophisticated community environment where I could grow, help the organization grow, contribute to the directors of the facilities, and learn,” she said.

In describing the center's emphasis on the therapist-client relationship, Corbitt explains that while Promises does group work, psychoeducation, experiential work, and psychodrama, "the importance of an empathetic relationship between client and therapist can’t be understated." The organization is also very small, she adds, which lends itself to an intimate, emotionally safe, and flexible experience.

“I’ve never seen clients choose to stay in treatment for such tremendous lengths of time. Clients are working on their chemical dependency in the first 60 to 90 days, they’re working on their marital issues around day 120, and they’re working on their parenting skills around day 160. For people who have the resources to stay in extended treatment, Promises is the place," Corbitt remarked.

“It’s a game-changer, and not just for the clients but for their spouses, their children, and their children’s children. Being treated at Promises changes the intergenerational trajectory of the entire family when one family member spends four to five months in treatment at Promises. At Promises, it’s not just about the chemicals. It’s about being a spouse, being a parent, and being kind and compassionate to one another," she added. "It changes everything.”