PITTSFIELD -- The Brien Center has recently added an important new staff member and commended another for winning an a national award given annually for outstanding service.
Paul Hickling, M.S., is the new director of Adult and Family Services for the Brien Center.
The position will involve frequent interaction with the community at the center’s locations in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington.
"It’s a role that comes with a lot of responsibility at the Brien Center," said M. Christine Macbeth, CEO of the center. "We went through an extensive review process of candidates and (Hickling) was chosen because he possessed skills of being a very competent administrator and clinician, combined with impressive past work experience."
Hickling previously served as regional director for Pacific Child and Family Associates, as executive director for two companies, Aspen Education Group and Youth and Family Centered Services and as an operations vice president for Camelot Schools LLC.
The position Hickling was chosen for had been vacant for nearly a year.
Also, center employee Mary Smudgen received the Lora Roe Memorial Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor of the Year Award from the Association for Addiction Professionals.
The association, centered in Alexandria, Va., chose Smudgen for her "outstanding contribution to the profession of addiction counseling."
In her work, Smudgen designs and supervises treatment plans for people who’ve been arrested a two or more times for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and opiate and heroin addicts.
She received the award mid-month in Atlanta, Ga.
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