I'm currently a certified counselor through MSAPCB, holding a CRADC. I earned a bachelors degree in Psychology at Columbia College and will be continuing my education to obtain my LSW in the future. I have five years experience in Substance Abuse Counseling of all ages along with families that have been affected by someone who abuses drugs and alcohol. I'm currently a drug Tester Coordinator for the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Due to budget cuts with the Army I am looking for an additional part time position as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
Voluntarily created and implemented weekend family workshops for impatient clients and their families .Effectively managed caseloads of more than thirty clients at any given time. Developed a teen leadership program to teach elementary students drug prevention awareness by way of Project ALert curriculum. Awarded the Civilian Achievement Certificate for outstanding Civilian workmanship with Fort LeonardWood 3rd Chemical Brigade. Member of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association since 2008.
Performs as a Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Subject Matter Expert by demonstrating knowledge of the Army regulations 600-85, Standards of Operation Procedures (SOP), utilize Excel programs for mandatory reports, collect and inspect both military and civilian urine specimens with 100% accuracy, teach Unit Prevention Leaders (UPL) certification classes, recommends actions that are consistent with objectives and requirements of the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and functions thereof. Recognize the dimensions of multiple problems that occur within segments of ASAP drug testing core functions. Correct forensic discrepancies and upholding UPL's to produce a 4-5% Battalion strength-testing rate Administer and monitor Civilian Drug Tests for civilian employees identified as Test Designated Positions (TDP), who fall under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Shipping of urine specimens to forensic laboratories for confirmation. Follow strict procedures for proper chain of custody regulatory requirements. Correct and identify all documentation discrepancies prior to sending to the forensic laboratories by thoroughly inspecting documentation and collection protocol. Reviews and submits positive reports to the civilian's immediate supervisors to confirm positive urine specimens. Coordinate with Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Army (DA) and Installations Management Command (IMCOM) to provide program guidance, Army regulations and technical bulletins. Prepare and mandate ongoing training for all UPL's. Train UPL's on a variety of detailed procedures, which entail all aspects of UPL responsibilities. Train UPL's to collect urine specimen tests from military soldiers reaching the mandated goals of testing 4-5% Battalion Strength. Train UPL's how to set up a Urinalysis testing station and proper collection procedures in a precise manner required by ASAP. 85. Teach UPL certification classes, by rotation, with other DTC's and Drug Prevention Experts within ASAP. Work as a team player in all areas to accomplish a successful program with goals of detouring soldier's abuse of alcohol and use of illegal drugs. Complete monthly on-going reports required to be turned in monthly to the ADCO and Commanders. Prepare and update charts of monthly data statistics by use of Excel Spreadsheets for monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required.
Developed and administered both civilian and military substance abuse prevention education programs. Focused on target groups to include the military/civilian, family members and retirees. Worked along side the Minot North Dakota Schools and the Minot Air Force Schools always complying with the DOD, DA and command policy, goals and objectives for drug prevention. Developed lesson plans for all training conducted through Project Alert and by the ASAP program. Provided substance abuse prevention education classes and training ensuring all areas of competency in the subject matter of substance abuse and overall total wellness knowledge was distributed throughout the community. Developed surveys to prove overall success rates of the program. Evaluated and analyzed data that was gathered at the end of the year to help identify high risk behaviors and trends in overall behavioral health related issues. Served as an expert adviser to the Minot AFB supervisors and conducted leadership training programs in alcohol and drug abuse for Commanders and senior NCO's. Assisted with planning numbers, kind and frequency of training classes needed for military population. Reviewed HQDA and HQ IMCOM policies to ensure regulatory compliance of installation-wide prevention initiatives. Helped prepare correspondence and reports submitted to supervisor and higher headquarters. Maintained liaison with civilian and military law enforcement agencies, magistrate courts, and other courts to provide classes for /DWI/DUI offenders. Served as community public relations representative (PR). Broadcasting drug prevention information awareness on radio stations and noon time news shows. Handed out information at public meetings on the awareness programs we offered throughout the ASAP and Project Alert programs on and off the military base. Gathered the statistical data that identified the success rates of using drug prevention programs by comparing lowered numbers of drug use indicating the severe need for continuation of awareness and drug prevention education programs. Facilitated small groups for children ages 5-18 who were affected by the abuse of drugs or alcohol by their family members. Worked with both families and children to offer healing and long term prevention of repeating the cycle of addiction. Developed a program for students to help teach younger students the dangers involved when using drugs and alcohol. Trained the students to teach curriculum for drug and alcohol prevention. Was the coordinator and program Specialist for the drug Prevention awareness program representing both military and civilians in conjunction with ASAP.
Duties: Worked as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor credentialed through the State of Missouri as a CSACII. Counseled both residential and outpatient clients to meet their individual assessment goals in recovery. Acted as an advocate for referrals to other agencies to help clients find ongoing support for their long-term sobriety. Such referrals included mental health agencies, other recovery centers, Alcohol Anonymous, A.A., Alanon for family dynamics, social services, legal assistance and probation officers. Taught education classes about recovery and mental health issues including, co-dependency, disease concept, family dynamics, triggers, 12-step program, behavior modification. Facilitated small groups, process groups and individual counseling sessions. Developed and documented treatment plans in conjunction with client goals. Developed treatment plans involving all aspects of treatment such as relapse prevention, medical care, mental health care, risk reduction behaviors, medications, client goals and outpatient care after treatment. Identified target groups and assisted with the development of local program planning methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of both the civilian and military client. Supported military personnel and clients who might benefit from all areas of substance abuse education and addiction counseling. Worked along side the army substance abuse programs (ASAP),to include developing lesson plans for trainings conducted by the ASAP training program, training aids, for each target group identified. Case files were maintained and kept assessable for purpose of continued ongoing assessments on each client. Collaborating with the team of professionals, community outreach services, mental health agencies, legal officials and clients family members. Regularly attended counselor trainings and was responsible for staying certified by the board of Missouri. Developed and conducted public and community awareness programs which involved youth, parents and other adults from surrounding communities. Consistently updated personal education knowledge of the local and national substance abuse and health trends. Presented both audio and visual presentations in reference to substance abuse issues in partnership with the local news media/public affairs and military leaderships. Followed all HIPPA regulations and clinic policies, including workplace ethics. Participated in all staff developmental programs, maintained a close working relationship with other staff and counselors. Developed and maintained a database of resources and referrals. Maintained a resource library for use by professional staff and clients. Empowered clients to recognize their individual needs and how to take care of their mental, emotional and physical well being. Directed clients by helping them gain a solid foundation on recovery issues so they could maintain long term rehabilitation.
Provided substance abuse treatment and consultation services for alcohol and drug dependent, abuse and misuse cases at an adult men' treatment center. Made every effort to maximize the clients adjustment and functioning in the community. Facilitated professional group counseling sessions for the clients. Coordinated services to include all providers necessary to initiate a comprehensive treatment approach. Provide information and individual experiential training in life skills and resource acquisition. Coordinate with community referral resources to better manage the patients total health plan with local hospital, clinics, community behavioral health care outpatient and inpatient facilities, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers, professional counselors, school counselors/social workers/administration, juvenile officers, department of family service caseworkers, and local circuit court system. Knowledge of Military, Federal, State, and local services available as well as related administrative procedures to provide counseling assistance and services. Served as a mandated reporter and provided evaluation and treatment recommendations for spouses and child abuse cases as required by law. Develop and maintain appropriate communications, rapport, and positive working relationships with colleagues and with a variety of institutions, organizations and service providers to include the ASAP program through Fort Leonard Wood. Maintain appropriate and current medical records on all clients, charting data in a way so as to insure ready availability of current information. Identify underlying social and psychological factors; assess impact on ability to function in other areas and explore social and family issues to identify areas of need. Assess program needs to accomplish goals and objectives, evaluate program status and recommend and or implement solutions for improvements.
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Certification-ASAP Drug Tester Coordinator 01-14-2011
Certification-ASAP Civilian Drug Tester Coordinator Department of Transportation/Split sample Collector 01-14-2011
Certification - CSACII (Substance and Alcohol Counselor) (03/13/2010)
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II awarded by the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board on March 13th, 2010.
Certification - Project Alert Drug Prevention Coordinator (06/01/2002)
Trained as a Project Alert Curriculum Teacher to prepare students for drug prevention awareness. This program was designed to help reduce the percentages of drug and alcohol experimentation and use within schools and their surrounding communities.
Certification - Child Development Associate (CDA) (04/01/1995)
Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development Degree.
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