Erica Gilmore, Rosecrance Unit Coordinator, MSED, CADC, LCPC
January 4, 2018
Erica Gilmore is the unit coordinator of the Women’s Services and Florian programs at Rosecrance. She manages the day to day operations on both units, develops treatment programs and schedules, researches and implements the best evidence-based practices to address the populations in those respective programs, and provides staff with clinical supervision. Erica has been with Rosecrance for 3 years and in the position of unit coordinator for 2 years.
“I believe we all get in this field because we want to help people,” she says. “There is nothing more rewarding than putting in a lot effort in and seeing the effects, seeing the potential in somebody who doesn’t necessarily see it in themselves and seeing their hope grow and develop and blossom inside them.”
Erica received her Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Illinois University. Prior to working at Rosecrance her professional background ranges from working as a unit tech for adolescents in the criminal justice system to an addiction counselor for the Center of Alcohol and Drug Services in the Quad Cities. Additionally, Erica spent time working with the Department of Child and Family Services and jail-based systems in Iowa.
She explains that her primary passion has always been helping those experiencing substance use disorders and the most rewarding part of her job is the work she does on the Florian unit. The Florian unit tailors mental health and addiction treatment to the specific needs of uniformed service personnel — firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, military, etc.
“When I first started working on the Florian unit I never really thought about first responders and the things they go through and the stress they have,” she admits. “We tend to think about them when we need them, but we don’t always consider what they sacrifice and what they are willing to do for other people. They sacrifice their lives to protect the community and it’s really rewarding to help the people that help us and think about the people that don’t always get thought about.”