My background demonstrates that I have a variety ofexperiences involving direct and indirect communication with people in a variety of circumstances and situations. I have demonstrated that I have not only the motivation but the skills to accomplish the tasks set before me. As technology developed over the years, I grew with it, learning how to use computers/copiers/telephone systems etc. with position changes. I believe I can be a valuable asset to my future employer who is willing to give me the chance to prove my worth.
In all my educational and work experiences, I received awards and high level performance evaluations.
I was the lead worker in a newly established state prison records office. I was successfully trained by records staff in other prison records offices. The work involved maintaining the records of incarcerated males pertaining to all social and criminal records; regular contact was maintained through telephone, in person, etc. with the Courts, institutional staff, and the inmates, to enter new sentences, appropriately release inmates for court hearings, and answer inmates questions regarding the status of their sentences and open/pending charges. I created and guide book for procedures so that other staff could learn how to perform specialized office functions to meet all acceptable levels of performance.
I managed a caseload of approximately 20 children under the age of 18 who were in foster care or other placement. I also completed adoption studies for couples preparing to enter into adoption; records were provided to appropriate county authorities regarding appropriateness of placements.
I conducted individual and group counseling to adult incarcerated males. This work involved maintaining accurate records and regular communications with inmates, treatment and supervision staff. Contacts involved dealing with men who demonstrated problematic behaviors and adjustment issues, as well as individuals who had mental health or substance abuse or other treatment/counseling needs.
I prepared reports to members of the PA State Parole Board to assist them in their decision as to whether to grant community, supervised release to adult males incarcerated in the state correctional prison system. I also provided individual and group counseling to inmates while their were incarcerated and serving state parole/probation and/or to prepare them for their community release. Records were maintained in both hard copy and computer record systems, involving the use of E-mail, Microsoft documents, and other intranet formats.
While employed by the PA Board of Probation and Parole, I elected to pursue graduate study in my field. I was able to acquire 15 credits of Masters level study before the program was disbanded by the state in 1997.
While a student, I participated in various group and extracurricular activities. I was a member of the student band, dance band and piano accompanist for various choral groups. I was provided a variety of distinguishing accomplishments, including graduating the top of my class.
Although I did not complete my studies when I withdrew in 1968, I had successfully completed 50 college level credits. I decided to marry and raise a family at that time. The credits I had acquired were later accepted towards the Bachelors degree in Education I acquired at Penn State University in 1985.
As a returnng adult student, I managed to continue my role as a housewife and mother while finishing my studies as a full time commuting student. I was very proud to graduate with Highest Distinction.
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