Focused counseling and case management, skilled in delivering caring and compassionate support to clients to address substance use and mental health issues. Well-versed in leading both one-on-one and group counseling sessions to improve client well-being and coping skills development. 6-year history of advocating for clients to obtain resources and enhance support networks. Adept at optimizing program operations to maximize support. Skilled in maintaining documentation, managing cases and coordinating crisis interventions. Educated clients to foster in-depth understanding of diagnosis or treatment. Evaluated treatment progress and adjusted treatment plans accordingly. Motivated to learn, grow and excel in the treatment provider industry.
Experienced in MI, CBT, Trauma Informed Care and Psycho-Education
Proficient in Avatar
Proficient in SanWits
Helping co-workers develop the skills they need with EHR, with working with others in difficult situations, with maintaining self-care
Creative Problem Solving
At this time I am responsible for helping our clients who are in recovery residences, create and implement a plan for financial independence, whether that be filing for SSI, obtaining employment, or going to school. We currently have 42 participants in recovery residences who are on my case load and I work closely with the the housing director to keep track of which SUD participants are receiving income, which clients should be paying rent, and which clients are nearing the end of their housing funding and should therefore be ready to begin paying their own rent. This is a new position, one whose job description has been evolving.
My responsibilities included intakes, assessments, treatment planning, group facilitation and documentation. I was also responsible for ensuring each of my clients had their basic needs met - food, housing, clothing, income, physical and mental health. I carried a case load of 10 clients whose charts I was responsible for and 19 clients I was case manager for.
My responsibilities at ECCFC were similar to the ones I had at Action East but they also included going to court, advocating for my clients, creating court summaries, creating the weekly court cover letter, and working closely with court clerks, the DA and the Public Defender to ensure proper procedures were followed. I also was responsible for the bi-monthly QAR sessions conducted with other treatment facilities for the county and for peer review sessions conducted at the facility. I helped, at times, with billing, worked with SanWits, became proficient in AVATAR and taught others in our program how to be proficient with EHR also. I helped ECCRC switch to Avatar in 2015. For a while at ECCFC, we had no program manager and only a few counselors and I carried a caseload of up to 46 clients. I picked up clients from the various jails and prisons in town, I worked with the probation department and with the various police departments and worked with recovery residences to place our clients in safe and sober housing. I also helped plan and implement court reviews prior to clients being able to graduate and helped plan graduations with judges, county dignitaries, and families in attendance. I was also responsible for case reviews at weekly staff meetings.
I am at this time, registered with CADTP. I have completed the certification process - completed the education and passed the IC&RC exam - and I am currently certified as a Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor, III. I graduated from GCU with a 3.5 grade point average, excelled at my internship at Kiva Residential Treatment Program for Women and Children and have been working towards being a certified SUD counselor since 2016. My ambition is to be a program manager at a SUD treatment program. I have worked under three very different program managers at MHS and have learned a lot from each of them. Having never managed a treatment program, there is much I do not know about the day to day operations of running an outpatient program, but I am smart, dedicated and passionate. I loved working at drug court, I think I am an excellent case manager, I have experience with DMC-ODS, I have helped prepare for many audits both county and state, I think i have good team building skills and I understand the importance of building coalitions between the program and the many community organizations our clients will want/need to access in order to build the lives they want and deserve to build.
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