(LGPC) Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, (Graduate-NCC) National Certified Counselor, and (CAC-AD) Certified Associate Counselor for Alcohol and Drugs. Skilled at motivating, communicating and advocating for clients dealing with mental health, emotional disorders, family systems, legal concerns, and substance abuse. Possess in-depth knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Psychotherapy, Solution Focused, and Reality Therapy: trained by Robert E. Wubbolding EdD via The William Glasser Institute. Demonstrates working successfully with diverse client populations in one-on-one, couples, and group outpatient settings. Team-oriented by establishing solid relationships with clients, co-workers, administration and local networking agencies.
Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services.
Developed comprehensive formal treatment plans, concurrent reviews, discharges, and status reports that focused on accurate diagnosis and behavioral treatment of problems.
Organized treatment projects: problem solving skills, creative thinking, self awareness, and prevention.
Led clients in weekly individual therapy sessions and 3 hour intensive outpatient group sessions three times a week in Level II, couple and/or family consultation regarding client concerns.
Conducted individual counseling sessions to address physical, mental, social, economic and emotional concerns caused by substance abuse.
Diagnosed mental health, emotional and substance abuse disorders utilizing the DSM-IV criteria.
Referenced and used various therapy techniques: Person-Centered Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Brief and Solution Focused, Reality, Existentialism, and Gestalt.
Served Population Ages 17 - 76: substance abuse, addiction, bipolar, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorder, self harm, suicidal, homicidal, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, schizophrenia, co-occurring, cancer, terminal illness, court ordered, felons, incarcerated, social services, probation and paroled, military, government civil service / contractors, diverse race and sexuality; (LGBT) lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and trans-gender.
Interviewed and assessed up to 10 new clients each week.
Administered discipline appropriately and set limits for behavior.
Counseled and facilitated anger/emotional control management, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, coping skills, functional living skills, relapse prevention, relationship building/communication skills, time and money management, setting goals, healthy choices, setting priorities, employment support, and interviewing skills.
Document and responsible for client information: ASAM Level .05, I, II, and III criteria intake assessments, medical assistant treatment plans including concurrent and discharges, Formal treatment plans, treatment reviews, discharges, status reports, individual and group progress notes, confidential release forms, urinalysis drug testing, monthly contact with parole and probation agents, social service reports, phone contacts, development of court ordered violation of probation reports, outside agency status reports, recorded comprehensive client history, compliance updates, and outside referrals.
Conducted outreach, advocacy and rehabilitative services for regular cases and crisis intervention.
Consulted with psychiatrists about client medication changes, issues with medication compliance and efficacy of medications.
Refer clients to other community agencies to enhance treatment processes: outside social service providers to address psychiatric and personal issues and/or other mental health resources in the community for further services.
Pursued education and training opportunities to further develop professional skills.
Cultivated positive relationships with other mental health professionals, programs and associations.
Built positive rapport with law enforcement officers, court officials and community service agencies.
Facilitated parenting skills & family communication workshops for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program: research based curriculum "Guiding Good Choices" for parents with or w/o substance abuse issues of adolescent children & families.
Rendered services in the community, detention center with inmates, and “Even Start”; a GED Program for young parents. (Topics: parenting skills, anger management, setting boundaries & guidelines, discipline with positive reinforcement, communication, networking in the community, setting goals, balancing work & children, teachable moments, presenting a positive influence, role models, making the better choice, etc.)
Promoted contact with various referral/network agencies: treatment facilities, Juvenile Services, Court Ordered referrals, Mental Health, Social Services, Detention Center, various outreach projects including churches, school board program (Youth Summit), community promotional events, JSAP (Jail Substance Abuse Program)– inmate detention program with AOD legal/addiction issues.
Participated in staff/management improvement programs as well as collaborate with public school education department.
Developed educational materials: drafts, flyers, posters, booth displays, presentations, registration forms, lesson plans, hands-on activities, classroom worksheets, etc. for a five session workshop and promotional networking.
Administrative Responsibilities: phone/computer contact, calculation of state evaluations, various assessments, and project development.
Assisted multi-subject classroom centers: writers workshop development, math, handwriting, spelling, reading, music, and art. Assisted and created various classroom games, satisfied clerical duties, remediation for individual students, administered city and state math assessments, graded class work, provided coverage for K – 4th grades during teacher/parent IEP TEAM meetings, designed bulletin boards, provided cafeteria duty supervision before school, designed and made 100 head pieces and costumes for Kindergarten play
Served on the Yearbook Committee and the School Improvement Committee for the school's mission and beliefs.
Administered behavior chart strategy
Provided behavioral management throughout the classroom.
Taught five kindergarten classes computer lab: word processing, manipulating keyboard skills, identifying computer components, grade level multi–subject software activities, explored multimedia graphics printed for school showcase/bulletin boards.
Tutored 2nd grade remedial reading, writing, comprehension, grammar editing, and research strategies.
Developed lesson plans: poetry, chapter books, comprehension sheets, note taking, sight word games, fluency improvement, and sequencing.
Position I: Teacher Assistant – 6th and 7th grades
Administered all behavioral and point system documentation for behavioral management with social, behavioral, and economically challenged students.
Assisted in parent/student facilitating conferences regarding behavioral and academic status.
Counseled and assisted in behavioral management on a one on one basis.
Supervised daily tasks during behavioral management observation.
Taught group and individual lessons in Science, History, Civics, Math, English, Art, English and Social Skills.
Substituted during teacher's absence
Position II: Physical Education Teacher – grades 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th Developed full lesson plans for Health & Life Skills academic curriculum and for Physical Fitness Education requirements abiding by Va. State SOL objectives
Effectively facilitated, managed, and tracked class evaluations & assessments, technology projects, cooperative learning tasks, used multi media resources, physical fitness movement strategies, fitness tests, and alternating teaching methods for educationally diverse students.
Conducted individual & team consultation.
Engaged in behavioral disciplinary strategies encouraging parent participation.
Operated a Class B School Bus Driver's License for the state of Virginia.
Largest capacity was 70 students
Obtained and maintained proper pickup and delivery schedules in a timely and accurate manner.
Schools: Butts Road Elementary, Hickory Elementary, Hickory Middle School, and Hickory High School.
Interacted radio contact with transportation department for emergencies, various weather conditions, or communication needs.
Maintained daily mileage log, fuel maintenance, and inspections.
Concluded position with a perfect driving record w/o any vehicle accidents or disciplinary actions.
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Emphasis: Elementary & Middle School
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