Frank Saverino has been working in the mental health field since 1985 starting as a behavioral health technician at a group home for adolescents. He quickly realized that most of the residents either had a substance abuse problem or came from families that suffered from addiction. That is where his interest grew around the treatment of addictions. He received his master’s degree in 1989 from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Following graduation, Frank was instrumental in starting a partial hospital program for adults with substance addictions.
Frank has worked in all levels of care ranging from hospitals to outpatient care. He has developed partial hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs as well as developing a comprehensive infant/early childhood mental health program. He has worked in both primary addiction and primary mental health and has always integrated treatment when possible.
He has been an independently licensed/certified counselor and an independently licensed/certified substance abuse counselor since 1993.
For the past 14 years, Frank has taught at the University level and is currently an adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University. He has supervised many counseling interns over the years and clinically supervised dozens of therapists. His career accomplishments include being a graduate of Leadership West, presenting at numerous conferences on topics including trauma-informed care, attention deficit disorder, addictions and co-occurring disorders. Some of the recipients of his training and presentations include: The Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Cardinals, Clergy, Dentists, and Other professional Therapists. Frank received certification as a master trainer in Motivational Interviewing.
Frank has been married for 33 years and has 3 adult children and 8 dogs. One of his dogs, Layla, is a certified pet therapy dog. He loves hiking, working out, playing chess and juggling.