SpringBoard Recovery Welcomes New Clinical Director Frank Saverino


APRIL 9, 2021

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SpringBoard Recovery was born from the passion and personal experience of its founders. We understand the real-world challenges of early recovery and are here to help and we are passionate about helping our clients lead balanced, healthy, and fulfilling lives.


SpringBoard Recovery, the drug and alcohol addiction treatment center located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is exceptionally pleased to welcome Frank Saverino, M.Ed. LPC, LISAC as our new Clinical Director. Coming to us with over 35 years of high-caliber experience working within the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, Frank is an excellent addition to our staff and will lead our first-rate clinical team here at SpringBoard Recovery.

Frank Saverino

Frank began working in mental health treatment in 1985 and achieved his Master’s degree in 1989 from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. After moving to Arizona, he began a successful career with St. Luke’s Behavioral Health substance abuse and psychiatric outpatient programs, notably being instrumental in designing an intensive psychiatric outpatient program for adolescents with the emphasis on strong family connections.

Asking for help is the biggest and most important hurdle to jump over. Take the leap of faith and reach out to someone. Somehow, there is still a stigma attached to addiction, yet I am not sure I know a single person that has not been affected, directly or indirectly, by addiction.” – Frank Saverino (in interview, 2021)

Since 1993, Frank has been both an independently licensed/certified counselor, and an independently licensed/certified substance abuse counselor. This has led to training in both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Frank’s career has also included working with sexual abuse survivors, and in the specific areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, and addictions.

In 2002, Frank Saverino entered into the world of public mental health, working with Touchstone Health Services for 14 years, where he oversaw evidenced-based clinical programming and case management. Additionally, Frank helped Touchstone to utilize a range of brand new modalities, such as Brief Strategic Family Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT, Theraplay, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Circle of Security, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. 

Furthermore, Frank Saverino developed a comprehensive infant mental health program, introduced the staff to Collaborative Documentation, and developed a same-day open access intake process. For the last 13 years, Frank has taught at Grand Canyon University, where he is a prominent member of the advisory board for the behavioral health programs, supervising many counseling interns and dozens of therapists, and he regularly presents at numerous conferences on topics such as trauma-informed care.

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About SpringBoard Recovery

SpringBoard Recovery opened its doors back in 2014 with a powerful, yet simple mission – to help people transform their lives while recovering from addiction and underlying mental health conditions. Since then, and like the rest of the world, SpringBoard Recovery has been through many changes:

We’ve learned from and grown with every individual who has given us the opportunity to help in their recovery. We’ve worked hard to develop an atmosphere of honesty and trust, wiping away all preconceptions, shame, judgment, and guilt.”

Our “Refreshingly Human” Approach to Addiction Treatment

Recognition for SpringBoard’s high care standards and high level of professionalism came in 2017 when they were awarded the Gold Seal from The Joint Commission, the country’s leading healthcare accreditation organization.

In 2018, SpringBoard was pleased to announce their new comprehensive and innovative modality – Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), for those patients whose substance addiction was rooted in previous traumatic experiences. Within 2 years, in 2020, SpringBoard Recovery was formally rebranded “Refreshingly Human,” amid new investment.

SpringBoard Recovery is proud to constantly achieve its mission on a daily basis, helping people overcome their substance addiction and underlying issues to move forward to the life they fully deserve.

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APRIL 9, 2021

Gerard has been writing exclusively for the U.S. substance addiction treatment industry for many years, providing a range of medically-reviewed work, including white papers, long-form, and short-form content articles, and blog posts for accredited addiction treatment centers. A member of the American Medical Writers Association, Gerard’s specific focus is substance addiction (an area that has impacted Gerard’s personal life in several ways), and he is particularly drawn to the topics of professional, evidence-based treatment, new and alternative therapies, and enabling readers to find their own sustainable, long-term recovery. Gerard lives and works in Maryland, U.S., he’s happily married, and a proud father. His interests include hiking with the family, reading fiction (from the classics to virtually all of the current NYT bestseller list), American and British film classics, and his beloved dogs, Toby and Coco, both rescued from the local pound.

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