Jamila K. Harleston is responsible for the daily oversight of Renewed Vision Family, Community and Mental Health Services’ corporate compliance, quality assurance/quality improvement, human resources, health and safety, and training departments. She brings a plethora of human service industry experience to the agency having undertaken numerous roles in mental health facilities throughout Connecticut and North Carolina. Throughout her career, Jamila has served as a Family Service Worker, Intake Specialist, Clinical Case Manager, Program Manager, Counselor, Vice President of Program Services, and Mental Health Consultant. Jamila specializes in program development, federal regulatory compliance, employee retention and satisfaction initiatives, and quality assurance and improvement programs.
Jamila has worked in the Human Services and Mental Health field for over 9 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hampton University and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford which she earned in 2001. Jamila is currently undertaking certification to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina and began her studies in April of 2009 at Capella University to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Jamila describes her work with clients from a strength based and person-centered model utilizing a variety of clinical methods including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psycho-dynamic and solution-focused therapy. Jamila’s forte is working with adjudicated youth ages 12-17. “Stylistically, I strive to empower my clients toward a sense of control over their feelings and behaviors by encouraging them to become their own expert throughout the therapeutic journey.” Jamila’s hope is that through this matriculation, clients will gain greater insight and understanding about important connections between past and present experiences and discover new ways of thinking, relating, and behaving so that life can take on new meaning while "living life to its fullest potential."