As Onward Transitions increases its capacity and expands operation, it is proud to announce the promotion of Andy Derstine, LCSW to the role of Clinical Director. Andy has been providing counseling and therapy services to children, adolescents and their families for nearly 35 years.  He began his career working in a residential treatment center for adolescents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  From there he moved to Portland, Maine and served as the program director for an independent living program for older adolescents.  In addition to maintaining a private practice for most of the past 25 years, Andy has provided consultation services to local public and private boarding schools, served as a program manager/clinical supervisor for a community mental health center, and worked as a therapist/clinical supervisor in a wilderness therapy program for adolescents. Derstine earned his BA in Psychology at Muhlenberg College and a Masters in Clinical Social Work at Boston College.  Andy lives in rural Maine with his wife, two dogs and five cats.  He has a 24 year old son and a 21 year old daughter.  He is a reasonably accomplished woodworker, avid outdoorsman and is a member of the National Ski Patrol.

Derstine will oversee operations of the clinical department which includes co-founder/therapist/Clinical Outreach Director Darrell Fraize, M.Ed., LCPC, LADC,  Program Director Austin Melhorn, MA, CMHC, and Expressive Arts Therapy Intern Bailey Knox.  Each clinical team member carries an individual caseload, and receives clinical supervision from Fraize.  Fraize reports that he will carry a caseload of 6 and will be better able to remain deeply connected to the day-to-day operations of Onward Transitions’ Pine House location in Portland, ME, while being able to focus more intently on researching, writing and presenting about serving emerging adults. Fraize will be collaborating this fall with EDGE Learning and Wellness, and Mansfield Hall to present at regional and national professional conferences, while continuing to serve alongside Executive Director Tracy Bailey in the admissions process.