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Cari Dufel, MA, LMSW, CAADC

Outpatient Therapist
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I became a social worker after realizing my privilege and others do not have the same. My goal was to help the under privileged and oppressed humans of this world. I choose to work at Cherry Health because I feel like quality service providers should be available to anyone, not just those with private insurance. As a person in the queer community, I recognize the shortages for competent providers for the LGBTQIA+ populations. I strive to be a competent provider that strives to ensure barrier free healthcare for this population. I love seeing clients make connections and start to feel relief from their struggles. I also love it when clients start to take up space in this world unapologetically. My work with patients often humbles me that I get to be on this journey with them.

Education, Training, and Certifications

I attended the University of Northern Iowa and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I was a McNair scholar and completed my research on Self-Injury on College Campuses. I attended the University of Chicago for my Master’s Degree in Social Work with a clinical focus. I am a certified LMSW and CAADC.

Professional History

Over my near 20 years of experience I have worked at several different jobs. I have experience in working at a group home for developmental disabilities, inpatient child psych unit, methadone clinic, domestic violence shelter, residential treatment for severe and persistent mental illness, community mental health, targeted case management, consultant for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.