Heather Morgan MS, NCRC

IMG_9694Heather has been in the Social Services field for over 15 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been assisting people in their journey to recovery for the past three years. Before she started this journey, she worked with an array of clients in different disciplines such as: Suicide Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, and Child Protective Services. While helping others with direct care, she continued to share her knowledge as a Presenter and Educator in Suicide Prevention Awareness, Sexual Assault, and Crisis Intervention. This was all accomplished after completing 10 years as a First Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy.

Heather grew up in Houston, TX and moved to Las Vegas, NV while in High School. A short period after she graduated she enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, Heather worked topside on the Flight Deck of an Aircraft Carrier (USS Kitty Hawk) as an Aviation Boatswains Mate, launching and recovering aircraft, being one of the first females to work in this area. She deployed 5 times during her career to places such as Japan, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, Guam, and the Gulf. She earned an array of Medals of Recognition for National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Good Conduct (3 times), to name a few. During her 10 year enlistment, she completed her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and took no time off from school, aiming for her Bachelorette’s Degree in Psychology. In the last two years of her enlistment, Heather worked as the Assistant Director for the Sexual Assault Victims Intervention Program and was also being trained as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor for the Navy. Once her third enlistment contract with the U.S. Navy was completed, she returned home to Austin, TX where she was quickly hired by the State of Texas 2-1-1 Information and Referral Network as their State Trainer, overseeing and training the State’s 26 2-1-1 Area Information Centers. She was brought on board just in time for the disasters of Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita, where Heather was able to show her ability to work under stressful situations and was placed at the State of Texas State Operation Center to assist in dispersing information, rescue and placement services. After a few years, Heather returned to college, in Las Vegas, NV, to obtain her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She was staying busy by working for Child Protective Services (CPS) Sexual Abuse Unit, maintaining over 85 cases, during the day and full time student in the evening. A few years after graduating, Heather relocated to Los Angeles, CA. She was hired on as the Crisis Line Manager for the Suicide Prevention Center, where she was directly responsible for 5 Managers, over 20 Supervisors, and over 200 Volunteers. Heather trained, lead, and grew the program in many areas such as on-line supportive services (creating, training, and scheduling volunteers for the Chat Program) and helped to expand volunteer base from three volunteers a shift to 6-8 volunteers a shift. During this time, Heather returned to working with people in recovery as a Sober Coach.

Heather currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her cat Maximilian. She maintains a strict fitness routine and enjoys her time training and at the beach. Heather has recently completed the NCRC 1 course with the Addictions Academy. She continues to be involved in both the Veteran and Sober Communities. She is planning to return to school, within the next year, to obtain her Doctorate’s in Psychology (PsyD). As for now, she is enjoying her time helping others and providing resources to those in need.