BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EMERGENCY SERVICES/RESIDENTIAL YOUTH TREATMENT CLINICIAN
I am a positive and passionate, energetic, educated , and experienced professional offering services for
improving quality of life and professional growth and development issues. Collaborative leadership that
promotes best-practice standards and develops mutuality and good faith efforts in the processes provided, is
of great importance to me personally and professionally.
Suicide risk assessments
Suicide precautions expertise
Specialized training in grief counseling
Exceptional problem solver
Family therapy background
Superior communication skills
PTSD group specialist
Practiced in family assessments
Staff Chaplain - Provided full-time and part-time staff chaplaincy and Spiritual care duties; HIV counselor; Pre-surgical prayers; daily visitation to patients and their families; Morning Prayer; provided supportive services to Home Health, Adult Day Care; and Hospice staff and programs; Supervised Chore Service Program for elderly and low-income
Member of Estherville Ministerial Association with
responsibilities for nursing home Sunday Chapel Services for local nursing homes
Interim lay rostered pastor for local congregation through Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1991-1992 providing sermons, bible studies, home visitation, church council, and all other areas of church life.
Associate In Ministry (AIM) rostered position with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1992-2003
On-call chaplain supply and local congregational supply for sermons and other church life needs, 1996-
Specialized Pastoral Care Ecclesiastical Endorsement (SPCEE) with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Letter of Appointment from Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Leadership team member and president for Advisory committee to the Bishop in Western Iowa Synod
Provided 5th step services for inpatient substance abuse treatment program; Hospice team support member; prayer, chapel services, morning prayer, on-call duties; and disaster trained staff dies.
National Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chaplain.
Certified Iowa Mediator
Selected Career Accomplishments
Behavioral Health Emergency Services/Residential Youth Treatment ClinicianSep 2013 to May 2016 Kuskokwim Yukon Health Corporation － Bethel, AK
Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Treatment, Discharge planning, Advocacy and Case Management in residential setting. Emergency room settings serving 54 native villages.
Quickly responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose. Interacted with clinical staff and external resources such as school or community personnel.
Consulted with psychiatrists about client medication changes, issues with medicine compliance and efficacy of medications.
Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes.
Evaluated patients to determine potential need to transfer to specialized inpatient mental health facilities. Executed appropriate risk-assessment and mitigation strategies.
Referenced and used various therapy techniques, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Director/OwnerFeb 2013 to Sep 2013 Center Peace Services － Charles City, Iowa
Private practice setting offering counseling, coaching,
consulting services; providing assessment, therapy, case management,
referral, and advocacy services in rural Iowa.
Social Worker, LISW and Licensed Professional for the Healing Arts
Licensed Independent Social Worker/Licensed Professional for Healing ArtsJan 2010 to Dec 2012 Life-Line Resources, LLC － Mason City, Iowa
therapy/discharge, case management, referral and transitional planning
to children, adolescents, couples, and families.
Provided EMDR and trauma
Licensed Professional for the Healing Arts (LPHA)
providing behavioral assessments for intervention specialist in-home program,
staff supervision and professional development.
Provided Child Mental
Health Waiver in-home family therapy.
Provided Professional Staff
Development for monthly team meetings to meet criteria for continuing
Clinical Social Worker/Outpatient therapistMay 2009 to Jan 2010 Francis Lauer Youth Services － Mason City, Iowa
clinical services in an outpatient department of residential and crisis
Provided direct mental health services for multiple
shelter programs; Day Treatment, School-based programs and
Supervised Adult Living Services (SALS) program.
Provided group work as
Interdisciplinary team with psychiatrist,
psychologist, remedial and Behavioral Health Intervention Specialists.
Dual diagnosis populations.
Beta-site for program development of intuitive software
Contracted Child Mental Health Waiver In-Home program services for assessing eligibility and providing Master level in-home counseling services to client and family; working in conjunction with Department of Human Services case manager.
Outpatient Therapist/Employee-Student Assisted Program providerOct 2006 to May 2009 Mercy Behavioral Health Clinic － Des Moines, IA
Provided outpatient clinical social work services; direct mental
health therapy, treatment and discharge planning.
Employee Assisted and Student Assisted (EAP/SAP) program services to schools and businesses throughout the greater Des Moines area.
Provided culturally relevant approaches for clients ranging in age from 5-70, for individuals,
couples, children, adolescents, families, chronically mentally ill and
those with disabilities including deaf population.
Group work with
Systematic Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving
(STEPPS) programming for Borderline Personality Disorder and Severe
Emotional Disorders DBT-based).
Worked with interpreters for non-English
speaking clients from Serbia, Japan, Croatia, Laos and deaf.
Interdisciplinary collaboration, Social Work team member and
participated in social work supervision group process for EMDR
Community presentations on Stress in the Workplace,
Grief, Suicide,and other topics requested.
Education and Training
Master of Social WorkDecember 1996University of Nebraska － Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Arts, Human Services and Philosophy1993Buena Vista University - Lakes & Prairies Center － Spencer, IAHuman Services and Philosophy
Associates of Arts, Biblical Studies1982Trinity College － Everett, WABiblical Studies
Electronic Medical Records for clinical documentation
Offering approaches to support client goals to improve quality of life issues
Trained in Matrix Model for Drug and Alcoholism Treatment