My name is Renee Harns and I have worked in the Human Services Field for the past 25 years.  I have a Masters Degree in Human Services Administration and I am a Master Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.  I also am a Certified Trauma Counselor as well as have certification in Acupuncture Detoxification. I have been employed by ECMCC for the last 16 years- hired as an Alcoholism Counselor. I am currently the Supervising Detoxification Supervisor for the past 3 years. Through the years, I have worked in different capacities at various substance abuse and mental health treatment agencies throughout Erie County.  I have more than 20 years of experience in counseling, program development, management and implementation.  I have provided consultations and assessments for psychotherapy groups to chemically dependent patients and their families and/or significant others. I also serve as a resource person to alcoholism rehabilitation workers in advocating, linking and expediting activities and services for those in need.  I am currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Prevention Council of Erie County  and have been affiliated with The Prevention Council for the past 3 yrs.

During my years of service with various human service agencies I have worked as a liaison with NYS Parole, the Unified Court System and County and Federal Probation. I have enjoyed the task of engaging the more resistant clients into effective treatment with the potential to succeed despite their odds and criminal background. Through my years of service, I have supervised many student interns who have in return have become counselors or social workers. I have worked at Canisius College in the Department of Counseling and Human Services as a Cooperating Counselor instructing Graduate Students in the field of counseling. Providing the students with information of what to expect as an incoming counselor and to guide them in the development of their clinical skills. 

My favorite place to be is relaxing with my two children.



“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou