I’m glad you landed here. I am Daniel Lanzarin. I began attending the College of San Mateo in 2007. I was not sure what I wanted to accomplish, but I did know that I was tired of working manual labor jobs for little amounts of money. So I began the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program. I graduated in CMS in 2010 and began the journey to obtain my B.S. in Human Service at Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU).
My first job fresh out of community college was at a non-profit substance abuse treatment facility called El Centro de Libertad in Redwood City, CA. In just over one year I worked my way up to Adolescent Coordinator. Working with youth is a gift that I didn’t know I had. It brought me great sense of accomplishment.
My profession is the world of Alcohol and Other Drug counseling. This means that I am certified to work with individuals that suffer from the disease of addiction. And Yes, Addiction is disease that is comparable to cancer and diabetes. The main difference is that when a person with diabetes has a relapse, they are not stigmatized because there disease manifests itself differently. After all, imagine a diabetic getting thrown out of the hospital because they are have a seizure.
As an addiction counselor I am proficient at facilitating behavior changes to individuals by providing one on one and group psycho-educational sessions . This is achieved with the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other methods of evoking change.
My experiences encompass customer service, behavioral change, policy implementation, environmental prevention, agency coordination, case management, and delivering addiction education in school and treatment facility settings.
Today I am employed by the County of San Mateo as a Case Manager/Assessment Specialist II. I serve the public by working with the criminal justice realignment population. My clients are non-serious, non-sexual, and non-violent offenders that are on County Probation.
Service Connect is the office that I work in. We are comprised of two core agencies; the Human Service Agency and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provide on sight immediate services for our clients. This is a project that has never been done before and I’m glad to be a part of it.
My professional goals are to educate the underserved populations of individuals that suffer from mental health disorders and to make the world a better place.