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Janel Sanford, LMSW, LAC

Clinician at The Next Chapter

Work experience

Jul 2015Present

Addiction Counselor

Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center
Dec 2014Jul 2015

Addiction Counselor

Seventh Direction, Inc.
  • Entry level counseling position for youth outpatient substance abuse treatment.
  • Facilitation of needs assessment using the Kansas Client Placement Criteria, Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory and Addiction Severity Index.
  • Facilitation of group and individual counseling sessions.
  • Assisting consumers in establishing a treatment plan with recovery related goals.
  • Advocacy with city, county, and state agencies, as well as privatized foster-care in addressing related goals.
Nov 2007Aug 2014

Program Director

Miracles, Inc.
  • Progressed through a series of promotions, culminating in responsibility for the coordination of an outpatient substance abuse treatment program with two housing programs that serve the homeless population.
  • Supervision of a team of four Licensed Addiction Counselors, six Certified Peer Mentors, and two Administrative staff.
  • Develop and maintain strong community alliances with city, county, and state agencies, privatized foster-care and youth-service programs.
  • Active participation in coalitions and community organizations that address the needs of the addicted and homeless populations.
  • Responsible for screening and admissions to substance abuse and housing programs.
  • Assist in ongoing development of programs including an outpatient youth program.
Oct 2002Nov 2007

Counselor/Case Manager

Miracles, Inc.
  • Served on an interdisciplinary team to provide substance abuse counseling and case management for voluntary consumers.
  • Communication with four area funded providers to increase success of consumers through recruitment for case management program.
  • Assisted consumers with developing a solutions-focused treatment and discharge plan.
  • Linkage to community resources to address consumer goals of child custody, housing, medical care, mental health care, and legal obligations.
  • Facilitation of individual and group counseling sessions.
  • Maintained documentation to fulfill funding-source requirements.
Dec 1996Oct 2002


Women's Recovery Center
  • Entry level counseling position for women’s intermediate and outpatient substance abuse treatment.
  • Facilitation of needs assessment using the Kansas Client Placement Criteria, Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory and Addiction Severity Index.
  • Facilitation of group and individual counseling sessions.
  • Assisting consumers in establishing a treatment plan with recovery related goals.
  • Advocacy with city, county, and state agencies, as well as privatized foster-care in addressing related goals.


Aug 2011May 2012

Masters of Social Work

Wichita State University

Completed Advanced Standing Graduate classes toward a Master's Degree in the field of Social Work. 

Graduated May 2012 with 3.2 GPA


Life-Skills Counseling
Skills in assessing and developing a case plan that utilizes recognized strengths to overcome barriers that inhibit a consumer from living independently.  This includes personal hygiene, maintaining environment, employment search, accessing community resources to meet needs, and self-advocacy.  
Interagency Partnerships/ Referrals
Staff Development & Supervision
Effectively supervise 4 clinical staff, 6 certified peer mentors, and 2 administrative staff to serve substance abuse treatment services. Provide ongoing staff supervision and training including effective record keeping, field safety, and strengths based consumer services.
Program Administration
Coordinate programs within a outpatient substance abuse program.  This includes homeless services including community outreach in area shelters and housing case management services among two scattered site housing programs and one group home. As of June 2013, one scattered site program was discontinued.  
Community Outreach
Coordinated and developed an outreach system within the homeless programs in Wichita, Ks.  Collaborated with Salvation Army, Harbor House, St. Anthony Family Shelter and Open Door Transitional Housing Program to assist in providing education, assessment and linkage to substance abuse and housing services within the homeless community.   
Consumer Needs Assessment & Response
Skilled in use of the following assessment tools: Kansas Client Placement Criteria (KCPC) Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Consumer Advocacy
Positive and professional relationships within the legal and family services communities.  Skills in advocating for the benefit of the consumer in addressing strengths and barriers within the substance abuse field in order to accomplish consumer goals.  
Case Planning & Management
Certified Person Centered Case Management.  Skilled in facilitation a strengths assessment and developing a case plan to enhance the skills and strengths of consumers. 
Group Facilitation
Substantial skills in developing agenda and facilitating group sessions that addresses educational issues of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease concept of substance abuse, relapse prevention using Gorski’s Staying Sober curriculum, and Cognitive Behavioral skill building exercises that facilitate behavior change. 


Rhonda K. Walker, LMSW, LCAC

Shaunna Millar, LMSW

Deah Miller, LMSW, LCAC

Continuing Education and Professional Training

Only the most pertinent and recent professional trainings are provided.  A full listing of all professional workshops beginning November 6, 1998 to the present can be provided.   

The Addiction Severity Index

11/6/1998     3/2002            

SASSI: “Administration and Scoring” and “Clinical Interpretation

6/1/1999        3/21/2006        

“Confidentiality in Substance Abuse, Ethics in Human Services and Infectious Diseases”

11/5/1999      3/9/2007       8/13/2009       6/23/2010        

Kansas Client Placement Criteria


Cognitive Behavioral Tool Certification Training


Law Enforcement Ethics


 “AAPS Leadership Meeting: Navigating System Change”


The ASAM Patient Placement Criteria: Understanding and Using ASAM PPC-2R in a Managed Care Environment


Kansas SRS “Clinical Records Training”

9/4/2008       5/20/2009        7/29/2010        

Advanced Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Integrate DBT & Put Your Clients in Control


1st Annual Kansas Women’s Treatment Summit: Beyond Trauma – A Healing Journey for Women


“Peer to Peer Mentoring Training”


 “Kansas Addiction Summit on Clinical Initiatives”


“Proven Systems for Recovery and Relapse Prevention” and “Cognitive Restructuring for Addiction”


Developing a Gambling Treatment Program: “Keys to Success”


Substance Use During Pregnancy: Prevention and Effects


Person Centered Case Management


“Value Options Compliance Workshop”


Kansas Diagnosis and Treatment Training


Safety Awareness


Advanced DSM-IV-TR & DSM 5 Preview


Motivational Interviewing 


Professional and Community Participation

Practicum Instructor

Bachelor Social Work - Wichita State University

Yearly beginning 2008

Currently supervise 4 students 

Licensed Addiction Counselor

Currently supervise 1 student - Washburn University

Wichita State University Practicum Advisory Board


Wichita Homeless Services Coalition

Active member 2008 to 2012

Inactive member 2012 to present 

Vice Chair - 2009

Chair - 2010

Wichita Sedgwick County Continuum of Care Coordination Team

Active member 2012 to present

Runaway and Homeless Youth Task Force

Participant 11-2011 short term

Homeless Point In Time Count

Participant January 2011 to present

Participant in planning for January 2013

Veteran's Standdown

Participant 2009 through 2011

Miracle's Inc. Parade

Organize and facilitate 2008 through 2012

Participant in planning for 2013


A highly enthusiastic and very talented Social Worker with the experience of working with individuals and families experiencing crisis including chemical dependency and homelessness; providing support to enable consumers to help themselves; maintaining professional relationships with consumers, acting as a guide, advocate or as a critical friend.

Personal Interests

Big Dogs Huge Paws

10/2010 to present

Active Foster Home specializing in care of pregnant females

Big Dogs Huge Paws (BDHP) is a rescue, foster care, and adoption program for giant breed dogs with potential to weight 100 lbs. or more.  Dogs that are specifically chosen for this rescue include Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs, Irish Wolfhounds and Scottish Deerhounds.  BDHP takes a unique approach to public awareness through community activities and outreach.  While in foster care, the dogs are evaluated medically and behaviorally for appropriate placement and potential adoption.

Bikers Against Child http://www.bacausa.com5/2011 to present Active Supporter

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is a world-wide 503c organization established for the protection of children that have been abused.  BACA becomes involved through referrals by professional family service programs including family preservation, foster-care agencies and the family court system.  Each supporter and member must pass a NCAC background check.  The BACA members become active in the child's life to help them overcome fear of their perpetrator through empowerment.  As a supporter, I have been present during Level 1 and Level 2 interventions. 


Feb 2006Present

Senate Bill 123 Cognitive Behavioral Certification

Kansas Department of Corrections
Aug 2011Aug 2013

Licensed Addiction Counselor

State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
May 2006Jul 2011

AAPS Certified Addictions Counselor

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services