Amanda Hinthorne

Amanda Hinthorne

School-Based Therapist
SASS Worker.

What is your role at Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

I am a school based therapist at Larkin High School. I also work overnights for Screening Assessment and Support (SASS) Crisis.

Why did you choose Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

I had heard about the programs from another employee. She had been here for years and was correct in telling me that the atmosphere & support within the agency are awesome!

If you had to give a 2-minute elevator speech on what you do every day, what would you say?

I work with kids who struggle daily to get through school days due to their mental health issues. I educate my clients and advocate for them in order for them to start seeing successes, regardless of the size of goal. I also try to encourage family support and growth for each of my clients. Sometimes, this means opening a dialogue or encouraging a connection.

What is the best part of working in the mental health field?

Seeing changes in the clients. I love seeing a client handle situations that might've put them into crisis at a previous time.

What is the favorite part of your job?

I love working with adolescents. Being in the school has been a fun new experience!

Who has had the most influence on your work career?

I would go back to my longest running manager. My manager at my previous workplace hired me with no experience and always let me know she believed that I would learn and succeed. She offered me opportunities to learn other skills & in other areas which I feel is rare.

What is your favorite quote?

"Do good and good will come for you."

If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Anne Frank - she amazes me. Her perspective, her insight, her trauma experiences. I would love to hear it in person.

If you could pick a superpower what would it be?

To be in two places (or maybe three) at once!!!

Favorite Food?

Mushroom Swiss burger & fries

What is the most interesting place that you've visited?

I'm boring. No place super interesting but I love visiting a good beach!!

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