I am a seasoned Clinician and Therapist that possesses in-depth knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, I am driven to help others overcome personal obstacles. I am comfortable working autonomously or in a team-based setting. I am team oriented and have a strong track of establishing solid relationships with clients, co-workers, administration and local agencies. My vast experience includes working with youth and adolescent in a residential and community settings as well working with adults from diverse populations in one to one, group and inpatient acute care settings.
I am able to perform clinically appropriate interventions that includes assessments, individual/group/family counseling, case management, discharge planning and crisis intervention.
My versatile skills include adaptability to any situation, excellent listening skills and I am capable of following as well as giving directions.
I am a very dependable and trustworthy person that is always prompt.
Knowledge of telephonic and face to face mental health crisis triage, assessment, intervention and disposition on site in community/hospital settings.
My experience has allowed me to be knowledgeable of EMTALA laws, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment terminology; completing biopsychosocial patient assessments, including conducting formal mental status evaluation and patient medical history. Lastly, I am familiar with community resources, third party payers, as well as managed care companies regarding the development of a clinically appropriate crisis intervention and disposition plan.
I am open to learning new situations and I am a very quick learner.
I am a dedicated manager with strong work ethic and ability to build lasting community and staff relationships.
I have experience in operations management, policy revisions, budget development, FTE management and staffing.
I am adept at communicating effectively and able to motivate employees to perform to their maximum potential.
I have exceptional organizational and planning skills.
I am able to improve productivity and morale by initiating systems for accountability and instituting effective training programs by leading by example.
Coral Shores Behavioral HealthStuart, FLDirector of Admissions02/2017
Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis/treatment terminology
Completing Intake Assessment evaluations
Knowledge of third party payers, insurances and recertification procedures
Knowledge of EMTALA LAWS
Virginia Beach Psychiatric CenterVirginia Beach, VADirector of Assessment and Referral Center09/2012 to 02/2017
I transferred from this UHS facility to join the new build of the newest UHS facility called Coral Shores Behavioral Health in Stuart, Florida.
Same requirements as listed in the current position for Director of Admissions at Coral Shores Behavioral Health.
Sentara Hospital CorporationNorfolk, VAPERS Clinician01/2012 to 09/2012
Provides crisis assessment and interventions to identify patients that are imminent threat to themselves or others
Determines the possible need for inpatient treatment, coordinating with private and community resources
Assists with petitioning for Temporary Detainment orders (TDOs) /Emergency Custody Orders (ECOs) for individuals that lack the capacity to be voluntarily admitted , if inpatient treatment is deemed necessary.
Virginia Beach Community Services BoardVirginia Beach, VACertified Prescreener09/2011 to 09/2012
Provides crisis assessment and interventions to identify patients that are imminent threat to themselves or others and determines possible need for inpatient treatment, coordinating with private and community resources.
Provide mental health and substance abuse emergency services for individuals of all ages.
Complete pre-admissions screenings
Facilitate hospital admissions and discharges
Provide outpatient assessments
Crisis case management
Ability to initiate Temporary Detaining Orders (TDOs) and Emergency Custody Orders (ECOs)
Virginia Beach Psychiatric CenterVirginia Beach, VASocial Worker01/2011 to 01/2012
Provides social work and case management services for adults with Chemical Dependency and Psychiatric Issues.
Completes psychosocial assessments, discharge/aftercare planning and liaisons with community resources.
Provides case management to assigned patients and provides group, family and individual therapy as prescribed.
Responsible for documentation of individual, group and family therapy
Virginia Beach Psychiatric CenterVirginia Beach, VAMobile Assessment Clinician03/2010 to 02/2017
Provide Crisis intervention in community and hospital settings
Assist with safety planning
Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis/treatment planning
Knowledge of Emtala Laws
Ability to be flexible with on-call status
Barry Robinson CenterNorfolk, VAClinical Therapist09/2005 to 09/2010
Identify, document and report psychosocial needs of residents in compliance with state and federal regulations while following established facility policies and procedures.
Participate in resident care planning meetings for continuous communication and delivery of social services to residents and members of their families.
Maintain each resident's documentation as it relates to social services care and/or as identified by the interdisciplinary team.
Communicate admission and discharge information to other departments as needed.
Ability to provide initiative and use good judgement in determining the needs of the residents in conformance with recognized standards.
Barry Robinson CenterNorfolk, VAClinical Group Therapist10/2003 to 01/2010
Ability to engage clients and monitor progress.
Functionality in quick paced outpatient setting.
Enthusiasm and passion for client care
Strong organizational skills and reliability
Detailed and accurate documentation skills.
Barry Robinson CenterVirginia Beach, VAFunctional Family Therapist/Anger Management Therapist03/2000 to 06/2003
Use of the functional family therapy model for treatment.
Use the functional family therapy model as primary case management and assessments.
Education and Training
Master of Arts:Clinical/Community Psychology1998Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, USAGraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science:Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology1993Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, USAUndergraduate Degree
no degree - transferred to Guilford College:PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USANo degree - transferred to Guilford College
no degree - additional classes:researchWake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USANo degree - additional graduate classes
Activities and Honors
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
I have several awards and medals for Ice Skating
Previous volunteer for the annual Crosby Golf Tournament in Bermuda, NC
Previous Board Member for Charter Lakes Condominium Association
Previous member of the Graduate Psychological Association
Previous member of the Virginia Association for Black Psychologists
Former Secretary for the Professional Staffing Board at the Barry Robinson Center
Former Board Member of NAMI Virginia Beach
Top fundraiser for NAMI WALKS in 2016b and received award
Recipient Award for Who's Who Among College Students
Recipient award for All American Scholar
Annual Walker for the suicide prevention walks and NAMI walks
Functional Family Therapist/Anger Management Therapist
Master of Arts : Clinical/Community Psychology 1998 Bachelor of Science : Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology 1993 no degree - transferred to Guilford College : Psychology no degree - additional classes : research
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