Residential CoordinatorTexas"Phoenix House goes above and beyond traditional treatment because of the experiential and hands-on approach, because of the level of care that the staff offers, and because of all of the relationships Phoenix House has built in the community."
Drew Dutton is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who brings to Phoenix House both personal and professional experience in the field of adolescent addictions counseling.
Drew’s interest in counseling began after his time in residential treatment as a teenager, and he decided to help others in the same way he’d been helped. He completed a bachelor’s degree in education, became a certified physics and chemistry teacher in the process, and earned a master’s degree in Counseling from Texas Christian University.
For two years, Drew worked as an adolescent counselor and did his practicum at the Right Step, a teen and adult treatment center in Texas. He served as the residential family programming counselor, developing the curriculum for the multi-family and parent education groups. He also managed and developed the aftercare program and worked with the residential program to provide scheduling, curriculum, and resources.
After taking a tour of Phoenix House Hill A. Feinberg Academy and learning more about Phoenix House from a former colleague, Drew knew that he liked Phoenix House’s approach: “I liked that it was a nonprofit, that the residence was only for adolescent clients, and how much the staff truly cared for every client and family involved in the program.” In September of 2013, Drew joined Phoenix House and took on the role of residential coordinator.
As residential coordinator, Drew has worked to build a curriculum that focuses on solutions and uses hands-on, experiential learning. Drew tries to enhance the traditional group therapy; for instance, in one group the clients wrote letters about emotions they wanted to let go, then drove to Lake Grapevine, read the letters aloud and released them tied to balloons together.
Drew says, “Phoenix House goes above and beyond traditional treatment because of the experiential and hands-on approach, the level of care that the staff offers, and because of all of the relationships Phoenix House has built in the community.” Students build and contribute to their own community as they learn important life skills. On a recent group exercise, students got donated clothes from a local clothing store and then practiced their interviewing skills at a local business in a mock interview exercise.
When not at work, Drew teaches and plays guitar and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and yellow lab, Maverick. He loves his Texas Christian University horned frogs and is often spotted wearing TCU purple.