Dedicated social worker with experience and training in clinical social work, case management, family therapy and hospice care. Experience with diverse populations in both individual and group therapy; focused in youth and geriatrics. Excellent leadership skills and a valuable multi-disciplinary team player with strong written, communication and organizational skills. Passionate and driven to help others overcome personal obstacles and dedicated to improving the well-being of clients.
Provided in-home therapeutic services including case management, clinical intakes, biopsychosocial assessments and counseling to older adults and the elderly using family systems, storytelling, life review and grief counseling models. Quickly responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose. Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes. Consulted with psychiatrists about client medication changes, issues with medicine compliance and efficacy of medications. Assisted clients in scheduling home visits and phone calls and monitored effectiveness of these activities.Documented and charted competent and complete client notes and necessary documentation. Served a culturally and financially diverse aging population ranging from 55 to 88 years old.
Provided counseling services to parents utilizing the Wraparound program because of open Department of Children and Family Services and/or potential DCFS cases. Conducted comprehensive initial in-home biopsychosocial assessments prior to first wraparound meetings. Efficiently gathered information from families and social services agencies to inform development of treatment plans. Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services. Interacted with clinical staff and external resources such as school or community personnel. Taught clients anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills and functional living skills. Worked with parents and teachers to implement consistent behavior therapy techniques at home and school. Led patients in individual, family, group and marital therapy sessions. Recorded comprehensive patient histories and coordinated treatment plans with multi-disciplinary team members. Utilized evidence based therapy models such as CBT, solution-focused treatment plan.
Planed, implemented and conducted daily social, intellectual and physical activities to promote healthy socialization, fun and continued emotional well-being for the residents living in the skilled nursing and the Alzheimer's units. Quickly responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose. Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services.
Organized and planned nationwide educational training seminars for mental health professionals (psychologists, marriage family therapists and social workers) preparing for the state licensure exams. Coordinated multi-seminar planning in various locations ranging in length from one to five days with varying enrollment sizes of 40-450 attendees.
Managed the after-school program for elementary age youth, ages ranging from 5 to 12 years old. Organized activities that developed children's physical, emotional and social growth. Redirected children to encourage safe, positive behaviors. Continually encouraged children to be understanding and patient with others. Coordinated field trips to local parks, fire stations and zoos. Supervised staff and coordinated all programming. Participated in budget and management meetings.
Member of the National Association of Social Workers, 2010-current
Vice President, MSWSO, 2010-2011
Member, ISWC, 2010-2012
Community Volunteer, Sunrise Assisted Living, 2009
Community Volunteer, Jewish Home for the Aging, 2009-2010
Alumni Relations, Sigma Kappa Sorority, present
PTA President, Calvert Street Elementary School, 2009-2010
Literary Program Volunteer, Calvert Street Elementary School, 2008-2009
Recipient of the M. Earl and Flora C. Grant Endowment scholarship - Awarded by the Gerontology Institute at CSULA to exceptional gerontology/aging and families graduate students.
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