Mr. Carl Nelson is a social worker who specializes in the treatment of individuals who are diagnosed with substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. In 2016, Mr. Nelson graduated with a master’s degree in advanced clinical social work from Saint Leo University, where he was recognized for academic excellence. In his role as Primary Therapist at Rockland Treatment Center, Mr. Nelson uses a strengths-based, holistic approach to empower clients as they begin their journey towards a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Carl also believes his clients are more likely to achieve success in a community that embraces them without judgment. Over the past seven years, Carl has spoken at a variety of community events to raise awareness about mental illness and he served as the Vice-President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Pasco County from 2014-2016. Mr. Nelson also works closely with the Pasco Sheriff’s Department’s Crisis Intervention Training Program (CIT) to educate law enforcement personnel about mental illness, to reduce stigma, and to promote respectful, non-violent interactions with those experiencing a mental health crisis. Finally, Carl has been an adjunct professor in the Human Services Department at Pasco Hernando State College since 2019-present and currently working towards licensure as Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern.