Jane Linsley, LICSW LADC1 (she/her)
Jane has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 30 years, and on the Gould Farm Clinical Team since 2004. She has been Clinical Director of the team since 2006. A graduate of Smith School for Social Work, she is licensed in social work and addictions, with additional certifications in both Trauma and Women’s Relational Theory of Mental Health. She has as an on-going passion for beneficial new therapies and work in the area of mental health care, as well as an on-going, and long-standing, passion for how people relate to issues of inclusion and the shame resulting from stigma – both for the individual and as a culture. Being part of a multifaceted team is for her both a privilege and a boon, especially the opportunities it allows to explore and introduce the exciting principles of therapies like Open Dialogue, which enhance the Gould Farm network of support around Guests. She especially values the opportunity working at Gould Farm gives her to work with Guests as they recover from whatever crisis brought them to the Farm and for the way in which the use of her skills, expertise and experience in Gould Farm’s residential setting allows her to accompany people as they grow and change in their individual recovery. She is privileged too in the way her work with both staff and Guests challenges her to personally grow and change. Jane’s own recovery journey brought her to this work, and to Gould Farm where she has happily found the freedom and an ideal setting to indulge her love of gardening and animals. She is also sustained by friendships, by her own personal networks of support and connection with the seasons and nature provided by living and working on Gould Farm.