Title: Founder and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Company: Warriors Wellness and Recovery Ranch, Inc.
Location: Dublin, Georgia, United States
Maria Roche, Founder at Warriors Wellness and Recovery Ranch, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work.
Since 2020, Ms. Roche has found success as the founder of and clinical social worker with Warriors Wellness and Recovery Ranch, Inc., a premier organization in Dublin, Georgia that provides quality whole health services to veterans and first responders and their families, helping them adjust and reconnect after exposure to life-altering traumatic events resulting from their service and sacrifice in the line of duty. Additionally, she has excelled since 2008 as a licensed clinical social worker with Department of Veterans Affairs Carl Vinson Medical Center in Dublin.
After initially obtaining an associate’s degree in education from Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ms. Roche followed with a bachelor’s degree in criminal Justice from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. She continued her education with a Master of Social Work in 2007 from Valdosta State University.
Ms. Roche has obtained a licensed clinical social worker certification and is a board-certified diplomate in clinical social work. In addition, she has been designated an EAGALA-certified equine-assisted psychotherapist by the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association; as an advanced hospice and palliative care social worker; as a cognitive processing therapist as a PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) Level 1 “Warrior to Soulmate” instructor; as an ELNEC (End-of-Life Care) Trainer; as a Social Work Field Instructor; and as a AFA Qualified Dementia Care Provider (QDCP) by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Ms. Roche knew she wanted to be a social worker when she was in high school. After getting married and starting a family, she worked at an insurance company and attended school at nights for eight years to obtain her degree in the field. It was during her years at Community Service Board of Middle George that she received a state-sponsored program for a master’s degree, which she successfully completed. She felt fortunate to have been able to do her practicum in the PTSD and substance abuse program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which helped her narrow down her the focus of her career in social work into helping the veterans, a decision that also pays tribute to her father, grandfather and uncle, who are also veterans.
In coming years, Ms. Roche intends to convert Warriors Wellness and Recovery Ranch into a crisis stabilization facility. Part of her goal is to build a 10 to 12-room lodge for weekend retreats for first responders, veterans and their family members. The organization has been working to acquire security grants and has received support from local community corporate sponsors.
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