I am a resourceful counselor who brings 46 years of experience in mental health support, crisis response, knowledge of child development, exceptional education students, testing coordination and administration, 504 criteria, MTSS creation and implementation, preparation of Threat Assessments or Suicide Assessments, child abuse signs and required reporting, I actively coordinated and presented the Mental Health Mandates that are required by the state of Florida in grades K - 10.
Classroom guidance lessons are essential in my program as I see them as a way of reaching the most students with information and skills on a variety of topics that are covered in elementary guidance.
I know the value of using data to drive program development and develop comprehensive plans for working with each individual student.
Effective communication with students, staff, administration, parents and community partners is of extreme importance to me as is a team-oriented approach along with a good sense of humor.
Supported school based counselors
in setting up guidance programs for their schools
Was the Support Counselor at two elementary schools in the Stoneman Douglas Zone to deal with families who were dealing with the aftermath of the traumatic shooting that had taken place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in 2018.
Conducted individual, small group and classroom guidance lessons in schools the district assigned me
Mentored new counselors in the county
Assisted as the mental health professional on selected schools' BTA (Behavior Threat Assessment) and SRA (Suicide Risk Assessment) teams
Worked on the District Strategic Plan for SEL (Social, Emotional Learning)
Presented to multiple district middle and high school students the Mental Health Mandates required by the state of Florida
Trained teachers on how to present the Mental Health Mandates and the Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum
Was a member of the Broward County Schools BIC (Behavior Intervention Committee) committee
Consulted with administrators and teachers at the schools I was assigned to regarding students and families
Was trained by the Center for Mind, Body Medicine and then presented sessions created by CMBM for adults and children
Ran bi-monthly Mental Health Meetings for Support Staff at the schools I was assigned.
Responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose.
Job description is identical to the one previously listed for elementary counselor. The only difference is that I worked as an elementary teacher the first 4 years I was employed by the Broward County Schools.
The only gaps I have in my employment with the Broward Schools are from 1979-1982 when I stayed home with my children and from July, 2009 to October, 2010 when I worked for a private agency after completing the Broward School Deferred Retirement Program.
In addition to my Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling, I am certified as a School Counselor, School Psychologist, Elementary Teacher and ESOL endorsed.
I am certified by the state of Florida is Guidance and Counseling, School Psychology, Elementary Education and endorsed in ESOL.
I am credentialed as a Professional Learning
I have been trained to conduct Mind, Body Medicine Groups through the Center for Mind, Body, Medicine in Washington DC.
I belong to the Florida School Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.
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