January 11, 2022
We are pleased to introduce Joel Arnold, LMSW, CAADC, our new Manager of the Pine Rest Employee, Church and School Assistance Programs!
Joel (pictured at left) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who enjoyed a successful career in business before pursuing his passion for mental health. He earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology at Michigan State University and his Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, where he was a Detroit Clinical Scholar.
As a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker, Joel’s professional experiences in mental health care include providing therapy for substance use, depression, anxiety, life changes, and behavioral health in outpatient and residential detox settings. Additional experiences include research, teaching and facilitating groups. He has presented at multiple national conferences including an American Psychological Association Conference and the University of Michigan where he shared his research findings on drug policy and treatment.
While we celebrate this exciting news, we regretfully say farewell to Bob VandePol, LMSW, (pictured at right) who made countless valuable contributions to our organization during his eight years as Executive Director of Pine Rest EAP. Bob’s new role will allow him to focus more directly on his gift for Crisis Response consultation, training and delivery, and we are gladdened to know he will continue to work with our EAP team for Crisis Response, training, speaking and consulting services.
“As I begin my transition into the role of EAP Manager, I am thankful for Bob’s leadership, and for all the work the EAP Team has invested into building this program,” says Joel.
“Living in Michigan for most of my life has created a determination within me to support communities, and leading the EAP is an exciting way to live out this passion.”
We welcome Joel warmly and look forward to seeing these many wonderful qualities and talents come together to create the next great chapter in Pine Rest EAP!