“Once they get sober, the sky is the limit.”


Ian MacKichan

Prairie Center Clinical Intern


He comes to Prairie Center with more experience and credentials than your average intern — already over two years of field experience under his belt and a CADC (Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor) certification in hand.

Before he shadowed the doors of Prairie Center for his first day on May 15, Ian MacKichan worked as an adolescent residential counselor at Central East Alcohol & Drug Council (CEAD) in Charleston, Illinois.

 
 

The Eastern Illinois University graduate effuses a calm, collected demeanor. It’s one well-suited to dealing with the daily crises that come along with working as an adolescent residential counselor in the field of drug and alcohol abuse.

Ian was initially on a pre-med track leaning toward psychiatry until he realized that “seeing people for 15 minutes is not good enough for me. I want to really help people, and the human mind has always fascinated me.” And so he switched to psychology and health professional communications. “Being a clinician,” he says, “is more along the lines of what I want to do.”

I want to really help people, and the human mind has always fascinated me.

Now at Prairie Center, Ian has just begun a nine month internship working with adults in outpatient services, including running some group sessions. The internship is not only critical to helping Prairie Center efficiently deliver services, it’s also a core part of Ian’s University of Illinois social work graduate student requirements.

As Ian looks ahead to the future, he’s sure he wants to continue working with people impacted by substance use disorders, focusing his work in particular on families and family dynamics impacted when a family member has a substance use disorder.

He says of his work and his future dreams, “I enjoy working with people in recovery because once they get sober, the sky is the limit.”


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