Tameron Keeffe

Tameron Keeffe

Director of Crisis Services

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

Director of Crisis Services

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

I first started as a SASS/School Based therapist (SASS-Screening Assessment and Support Services). I was interested in the position because I liked being able to collaborate with schools to meet the mental health needs of students. It was a great way to incorporate my interests in education and mental health. Also as a graduate of U-46 schools, I liked being able to work and give back to the community I had grown up in.

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

I manage the day-time and on-call crisis workers who complete assessments on youth with Medicaid who may be a harm to themselves or others. I process the assessments, assist in coordinating calls when there is high volume, provide consultations to crisis workers, and provide monthly trainings to the staff I supervise.

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

When working with individuals and families, I love finding their strengths because often times people are only told what they are doing wrong rather than what they are doing well. I also love seeing how resilient people are and highlighting how individuals and families have navigated difficult times. I think people minimize their abilities and strengths, and it’s always amazing how much improvement people can make once they are increasing their strengths. I also love this field because I think social work has taught me a lot about myself in the process. It’s a field where I am always growing personally and professionally.

Who has had the most influence on your work career?

I don’t think there is one person who has influenced me the most. With my current job along with past jobs and internships, I was fortunate enough to have passionate and supportive supervisors who have helped me learn and grow as a social worker. My grandma was also a big influence in my career. She was always supportive and an empathetic listener.

What is your favorite quote?

“If you are brave enough, often enough, you will fail.” –Brene Brown

Sometimes it can be really hard to make a change or try something new, and it’s a good reminder that it’s okay to fail as long as you tried.

People would be surprised if they knew I...

Enjoy a good rap song and wish I could rap.

If you could pick a superpower what would it be?

I would like to be able to stop time. It would be super helpful to just be able to take a few minutes during a busy moment to stop and take a breather.

Favorite Food?

Burritos or tater tots with cheese and bacon on top

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

I’ve probably eaten odd things, but usually when I try new foods I prefer to not know what’s in it so I don’t ruin it with my preconceived ideas that something different may be gross.

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

I always find everywhere I visit to have something interesting. Whenever I visit a new place, I try to find a ghost tour. I love ghost tours in different places because I learn so much history about the place with a spooky twist. If I had to pick one place, it’d probably be Prague. There’s so much history, and it was the first and only time so far that I’ve visited another country.

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