New coordinator is named to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Office
By Claudia Mathis
SUN staff writer
On Dec. 4, Nuala Collins succeeded Teresa Secreti as coordinator of the Diocesan Victim Assistance Office. Collins has brought extensive experience working with individuals and organizations, specifically in the area of crisis intervention, to her new position at the diocese.
Collins began her career that spanned 17 years in human services at Community General Hospital in Syracuse where she served as the director of recreational therapy. Collins then served as staff development trainer at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse for seven years. She has most recently served as a consultant at Emerald Training Consults.
As a staff development trainer, Collins has taught the staff in schools, companies and facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals how to work with individuals who are experiencing difficult times in their lives.
Collins said she became interested in the open position at the diocese because she wanted to help victims along their journey of healing. “This is such a difficult time for someone,” said Collins. “It’s important to let victims know that someone is here to assist them through their healing process. Having the courage to not only come forward in regards to their abuse, but also break the silence caused by their trauma, is one of the most courageous acts I have ever witnessed.”
Collins is also hoping to not only continue in assisting the victims of sexual abuse, but also assisting in fostering an environment of prevention and education. “Prevention and education is the key to creating and nurturing an environment of healing.”