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United Counseling Service welcomes Ryan Lane as Director of Children, Youth and Family Services

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Ryan Lane, M.A., joins United Counseling Service (UCS) as its new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYFS), which provides home and community-based treatment and supports for children and adolescents and their family. He brings 22 years of experience and passion for community mental health to his role at UCS.

“I am excited to be in a leadership and management role again after working for the past five years as a clinician,” says Lane. “I look forward to growing and deepening the CYFS team.”

Lane’s career began as a psychotherapist in private practice settings in Boulder, Colorado, working with transition-age youth and young adults experiencing substance-use disorder, eating disorders, trauma, autism spectrum disorder, and challenges obtaining basic life-skills. After moving to Vermont in 2015, Lane served as Clinical Program Coordinator at NFI Vermont in St. Albans, where he provided support to child welfare providers and caregivers. While working as a clinician in the mental health field, Lane developed experience working with severely at-risk individuals, as well as those with complex diagnoses and chronic mental illness. He carried this experience to the Vermont Department of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse Programs, where he served as Director of Clinical Services, and later, Substance Use Program Manager. Lane also taught as a faculty member at both Burlington College and Southern New Hampshire University. Most recently, Lane worked as a clinician at the Howard Center in Burlington, VT, where he provided psychological support to adults, children, and families.

“We are proud to welcome Ryan Lane as Director of Children, Youth and Family Services,” says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director at UCS. “His dedication to the community, as well as his depth of clinical and leadership experience, is exactly what our clients and staff need. We look forward to working together to better serve our children, youth and families.”

Lane is happy to continue pursuing his passion for community mental health at UCS.

“I love helping individuals and families discover resilience, new skills they can learn, and better ways of being that are healthier, fulfilling, and in line with what they love,” says Lane. “I hope to join these passions together through my work, leadership, and community involvement.”

United Counseling Service (UCS) is a private, non-profit community mental health center that has been an essential part of Bennington County’s integrated healthcare system since 1958. The organization has been designated as a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides outpatient counseling and addiction services, emergency mental health services, extensive rehabilitation services, home and school-based services, employment services for people recovering from mental illness or with developmental disabilities, and early childhood services. For more information visit ucsvt.org.

Photo: Ryan Lane, Director of CYFS

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