Peter Dal Pra, LADC, LCS
Program DirectorNew England“I have always been impressed by the history and vision of Phoenix House Franklin Center. I am reminded daily of each staff member’s care and compassion for our clients.”
Peter Dal Pra, LADC and LCS, has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 1993, serving as a counselor, an outreach worker, a clinical supervisor, and a program director. As a leader and advocate for treatment in New Hampshire, Peter has also served on government commissions, on the boards of associations, and as a member of behavioral health coalitions.
Peter began his career after he went through addiction treatment over twenty years ago. He recalls, “With a couple of the staff members, you could see in their eyes they really cared about us. That was a calling.” He decided to give back by becoming an addiction counselor, and he quickly knew it was where he belonged.
Peter has an associate’s degree in human services, with a major in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, from New Hampshire Technical Institute where he has also taught as adjunct faculty. After earning his degree, Peter worked with Nashua Public Health Department doing street outreach to clients who were HIV positive. He also worked as a counselor for adults and adolescents at Seaborne Hospital.
Peter is experienced with providing care for a range of people and has worked across the continuum of care. He has served as a HIV/AIDS chemical dependency case manager with New Hampshire Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery and as an alcohol and drug counselor at a teen outpatient program. At Serenity Place, he filled the roles of clinical director and interim executive director.
After focusing his attention on his private counseling and subcontracting practice, Peter received a call about a position at Phoenix House Franklin Center. The director’s love for and pride in the program won Peter over, and he took the position of program director in 2009. As director, Peter has focused much of his efforts on building up and training staff, one of the most important elements of the care Phoenix House provides.
In addition to his work at Phoenix House, Peter has served as president of the New Hampshire Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and serves on the board of directors for NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals. Peter is state-certified to teach impaired driver intervention programs and was appointed by the governor to a commission that examined DWI education and intervention programs and worked on DWI legislation. The governor also appointed him to the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.
Drawing from his own experience, Peter makes it a priority to encourage clients and often quotes a line someone gave him early on in his recovery: “Don’t leave before the miracle happens.” He has witnessed stories of transformation and even wrote a recommendation for a former client who entered art school and whose artwork now hangs in Franklin Center. When people call Phoenix House to thank Peter and his staff for helping their loved ones, he emphasizes, “It’s not us, it’s them. It’s within the clients themselves to find this gift of recovery.”