Catholic Charities Bloomington Counseling Services (CCB) announced today that Clinical Director O’Connell Case will retire effective July 15, 2021, after seven years of serving thousands of clients that rely on CCB for hope and healing.
Michael Stribling, current Associate Clinical Director at CCB, will succeed Case as Clinical Director upon her retirement.
Case has served in her current role since 2015, and prior to that was a therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington. During her time as Clinical Director, Case has played a critical role in helping the agency increase its presence in the community and serve more people in need of mental health care. During her tenure the number of therapy sessions provided annually has increased by nearly 60%. Case led the agency during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped transition all services to virtual in a matter of days. She is known as a mentor and has helped many CCB interns’ transitions into fulltime positions at the agency.
Robin Gress, President of the CCB Advisory Council, said, “Managing a social services agency takes a confident outlook, an appreciation for the demands of change, and the ability to meet pressing and immediate needs while looking ahead to anticipate and prepare for the next steps. O’Connell brought CCB the experience and perspective to do just that. She has been a remarkable leader and a kind and compassionate colleague whose passion for helping others guides her every action.”
Case was named the Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County in October 2020 and helped CCB earn Outstanding Community Agency that same year. Case will remain at Catholic Charities Bloomington as part time consultant to help ensure a successful transition.
“O’Connell has played an instrumental role in advancing mental health services offered to children and families. It has been a pleasure to work alongside O’Connell and I offer my gratitude to her for her leadership, exemplifying the love of Christ and for showing compassion to those who are in need of mental health care. She has been an inspiration to her clients, staff and so many others in the community,” said David Bethuram, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Catholic Charities at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Stribling has been with CCB since 2018 and has served in the role of Associate Clinical Director since January 2020.
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