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CAI Spotlight: Sarah Hills

We are excited to start introducing you to our fabulous CAIs (Certified ARISE Interventionists) in 2020. All CAIs start out with our Comprehensive Care with Intervention workshop and continue with 24 weeks of ARISE Supervision/Consultation with a case they’re working on. To become a CAI takes time, dedication and drive.



Some of you may already know Sarah Hills. She is our Associate Director of Training. Sarah took her first training with us back in 2004. It’s hard to believe that was already 16 years ago! If you looked up “dedication” in the dictionary, you would find Sarah’s face. Helping people access their resilience and heal is her top priority and she is AMAZING at it.

We got to interview Sarah so we could share a little more of her with you.

What drew you to work in this industry?
As with many people, I suspect, my own history guided me towards wanting to help others.
What’s your favorite thing about working with families?
Watching them internalize their own strengths and resiliencies in order to form stronger connections with each other.
How has ARISE® Comprehensive Care with Invitational Intervention changed your practice?
The philosophy and practice of this model has significantly altered my professional life. I utilize the principles nearly daily in my private practice work. Individuals and families in the therapeutic setting benefit greatly from learning to remove blame, shame and guilt by “re-storying” their family history. My private practice clients are my top priority, but when I take on a full Comprehensive Care with Invitational Intervention case, the families are so grateful for the opportunity to help not only their Person of Concern, but to change the whole family system; creating health and connection for generations to come.
What career achievement are you most proud of?
I feel proud and grateful for so many things in my career. One of the most gratifying and humbling is being able to work with Dr. Landau and our amazing team as a trainer, supervisor/consultant and colleague.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote or book?
There are so many sources of inspiration. I find myself returning, every year it seems, to Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”.
“Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.” ~Viktor Frankl

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