Rita Mathis, LCSW, Director, CHRIS Training Institute

Rita Mathis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years experience  in the mental health field. As the Director of Training for the CHRIS 180 Training Institute, Rita is responsible for designing and overseeing training programs at CHRIS 180  for clinical professionals and for the community at large. Rita leverages her experience as a seasoned therapist and a clinical supervisor to apply innovative methods of helping other helping professionals develop and harness their skills.

Rita has been a mental health therapist for over ten years and  is passionate about helping clients address mental health issues that negatively impact their lives through a variety of approaches, including  Trauma Informed Treatment modalities, Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She also provides supervision for other clinician professionals to ensure that they continue to develop their skills for the benefit of their clients and has a specialty in working with LGBTQ+ clients.


Scot Fincher, Training Coordinator 

Scot Fincher is a native Georgian and attended Georgia Southern College. He spent 21 years in Corporate America in executive administrative positions.  Scot has served on various Boards including International Rodeo Association, Jerusalem House, Church Administrative Councils, and was the Director of the Sock-it-to-me Mission for the homeless.  Scot has been a member of the East Point Citizens Police Academy and the Main Street Association for East Point. In 2005, Scot left corporate America and took an administrative position with CHRIS 180. In the past ten years Scot has worked and supported many areas of CHRIS 180 and for the past 7 years as the Training Coordinator for the organization. Scot has trained thousands of individuals from a variety of organizations including child welfare, juvenile justice, local school systems, social service, healthcare and behavioral health organizations. He specializes in trauma informed care, working with LGBTQ youth, child sexual abuse prevention, MindSet (crisis de-escalation) and CPR/First Aid.


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