Mental Health Counselor with 11 years of experience in counseling individuals of various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, ranging in ages 3 to adults.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS OF SKILLS
*Facilitator (Parenting Educator)
Attentive Listener, Mental Health Issues
Individual and Group Counseling.
Expressive Arts and Play Therapy (CCPT) Approach.
Individual Educational Programs (I.E.P.).
Group Psycho Educational.
Treatment Planning, Assessments and Goals.
Therapeutic Day Treatment Specialist, 03/2015 to 06/2015 Crossroads Counseling Center – Manassas, VA
Counsel students in school setting who have been identified as Emotionally Disturbance, Oppositional Defiant, Attention Deficit Behaviors.
Consult with administrators, teachers, parents and community agencies.
Provided on-site crisis/behavior intervention and responded to crisis situations with-in twenty-four hours availability outside of school hours.
Documented case activities for both clinical and billing purposes.
Prepared daily progress notes and reports as required by Medicaid and Virginia State License Regulations.
Participated in IEP meetings, Family Assessments and Planning Team Meetings, diagnostic, or planning meetings as necessary.
Collaborated and coordinated with school personnel on cases specific behavior intervention and management plans.
Prepared written Discharge Summary Reports.
Community Based Counselor, II, 06/2013 to 03/2015 National Counseling Group – Manassas, VA
Exercise independent judgment and discretion in managing a small caseload of client families, providing services on an intensive basis and utilizing short-term, solution focused treatment strategies.
Facilitates wraparound team meetings to enlist supports in determining and meeting service objectives and to identify additional resources and supports.
Prepares written service plan, incorporating input from clients, involved service providers, and wraparound team members, and clearly identifying problem areas and needs strategies, and service objectives.
Functions with autonomy and makes decisions without direct immediate supervision with regard to the treatment of clients.
Provides direct clinical services to clients, including individual, family, couples, and group counseling, and issues-specific or educational groups (parenting skills, anger management, substance abuse treatment).
Responds to crisis situations with-in twenty-four hours day availability.
Documents case activities for both clinical and billing purposes.
Prepares progress reports as required by referral source or service purchaser.
Participate in Child Specific Team, Family Assessment and Planning Team, and other interdisciplinary, diagnostic, or planning meeting.
Collaborates and coordinates with other case involved service providers and professionals, such as attorneys, school personnel, social workers, and probation counselors.
Links clients with external programs or services, such as health services, recreational activities, child care services, financial services, employment resources, AA/NA groups, transportation resources and others.
Attend court hearings when families are court-involved and presents testimony and treatment recommendations as requested by attorneys, referral source, the court, or clients.
Guides, collaborates, and coordinates with NCG mentors regarding service strategies and case management, ensuring the adequate exchange of information and assigning mentors case management duties.
Works with Clinical Supervisor to increase effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
Prepares written Discharge Summary and Plan.
Follow all HIPAA regulation as it relates to clients of NCG.
Parenting Education Program Facilitator, 06/2011 to Current Fairfax County Department of Prevention/Fairfax County Public School – Fairfax, VA
Lead and facilitate educational workshop throughout Fairfax County (Positive Discipline, Pre-school-How to talk so kids will listen, Motivating Children to Succeed in School, Raising Responsible Children, Self-Esteem, How Peers Groups Can Influences Adolescents Decisions)
Public Elementary School, to expand parent's self-help skills.
Conduct and lead weekly group therapy sessions with children and adolescents ages, ranging from 5 to 17 years of age whom are diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Sexual Abuse and Separation Anxiety.
Counsel children and adolescents clients who are court appointed and on probation.
Presented case observation and notes for review and discussion with other staff members.
Certified and Lead Good Touch and Bad Touch Curriculum for the Fairfax County Parenting Groups throughout Fairfax County-Ages 5-12.
Lead Family Service Specialist, 06/2002 to 06/2013 Alexandria Head Start/Campagna Center – Alexandria, VA
Recruit, Interview and Enrolled perspectives families who were eligible for the Head Start program.
Counseled children and family members in weekly individual and group session with children diagnosed with a variety of disorders including, (Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
Diagnosed the psychological problems of children ages 3-5 years (Autistic, sensory motor, perceptual-motor development, cognition, language skills, social and emotional development).
Developed individual educational program (I.E.P.) children ranging from 3 to 5 years of age, students at different learning ability levels, including educable, training and encouraged activities to promote their physical, mental and social development.
Skilled in conducting in-take assessments, adept at writing reports and plans in relation to client's treatment.
Developed and maintained strong relationships with community referral sources, such as schools, churches, government agencies and local business.
Counseled families in mental health crisis, developed a safety plan, which included a weekly follow-up and discharge plan.
Counseled with parents, teachers and other social personnel to determine causes or problems such as behavior, leaning disabilities, speech delayed and etc.
Refer clients to community resources for services such as, job placement, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistant and provide concrete information, such as where to go and how to apply.
Serve on policymaking committees, assist in community development, and assist client groups by advocating for our clients.
Counseled adults in how to deal with their child's difficulty behavioral, assist with goal settings and treatment plan.
Coordinate and plan kindergarten workshop.
Facilitate Parent Workshop at the National Head Start Association Conference (Parent Involvement and Male and Fatherhood) March 2013.
Maintain a case load of 65 families.
Graduate Student Intern, 01/2013 to 06/2013 Office of Women's & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services – Alexandria, VA
Counseled children, adolescents aged 5 to 17 years including adults, Survivors of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse.
Developed goal-oriented psycho-educational and activity in therapy groups to improve client's level of functioning.
Skilled in conducting in-take assessment, adept at writing reports, writing treatment plans, safety plans and assisting clients with their goals discharge and weekly or bi-weekly follow-up, depending on the severity of the case.
Counseled and provided play therapy and art therapy to children aged 12 years and younger using the Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) Approach weekly.
Experienced in working with clients in mental health crisis situation, and providing client stabilization and prevention methods.
Kept abreast of new and developing information in the mental health field by regularly attending professional conference and workshops.
Presented clients case history materials to review and discuss with other staff members.
Lead group counseling sessions that provide support in such areas as, depression, stress, anger management, self-esteem, self-awareness, parent involvement, substance abuse, adolescent group, children's group, domestic violence, sexual violence and parenting educational groups and substance abuse.
Master: Mental Health Counseling, December Walden University - Minneapolis, MS Mental Health Counseling
Bachelor: Psychology Human Services, 2002 Marymount University - Arlington, VA Psychology Human Services