DeVante started at Horizon in 2019 as a Behavioral Health Counselor after graduating from SUNY Fredonia and the University at Buffalo with his Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. At Horizon, DeVante works as an integrated counselor, meaning he helps treat clients who struggle with mental health, substance use, or both. Get to know DeVante by reading about his experiences at Horizon so far!
FAQ with DeVante
First off, why did you choose Horizon?
I chose Horizon because I heard nothing but positive things about the company. Horizon values its employees, and it really shows from the first day you start.
What does a typical day at Horizon look like for you?
Most of my day is composed of seeing clients who are established in treatment. I also have new client assessments, team meetings, and documentation time. Having family members be involved in sessions is really important not only to myself, but to Horizon’s therapy model. Collateral sessions will also take place where loved ones, significant others, or even other treatment providers, join the session to collaborate on a client’s care.
What is one piece of advice you learned during your time at college that you still use today?
There is only so much time in the day, so make it work for you!
What is your favorite Horizon perk/benefit?
I would definitely have to say Team Day. Once a year, the clinic gets together and has an outing where we play games, have lunch, and just enjoy each other’s company.
How long have you worked at Horizon?
I just recently celebrated my 2 year anniversary with the company in July of 2021.
What is an experience or memory that stands out to you while working at Horizon?
One time, our entire clinic lost power and we didn’t have access to any of our systems. However, the backup power kicked in and we were still able to see patients with limited access. We quickly adjusted, getting flashlights for our offices, taking notes the old fashion way, and pivoting to continue to get the job done. It showed me that even when things do not go as planned, Horizon doesn’t leave its workers; we pivot and find a solution so we can meet the needs of our clients.
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