Katie Foster, LCSW, joined YFC in late 2022 as the Director of Clinical Services. She received her MSW from the Jane Addams School of Social Work and has a BA in psychology from Hope College.
She began her career in residential treatment for adolescents with severe behavioral and mental health needs. After many years of challenging and career-shaping work, she obtained her LCSW and most recently managed a community mental health clinic in eastern Lake County. She finds her greatest vocational satisfaction in guiding, training, and teaching new workers, clinicians, and supervisors; supporting them as they grow into a strong mental health workforce that our community so greatly needs.
Katie is client-centered; using systemic knowledge of social services and organizational needs to support clinicians in achieving client-led goals. Van Gogh is quoted as saying "your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in nature."