Mental health professional emphasizing client advocacy and strengths-based care. Excels at developing innovative and comprehensive treatment plans that leverage patients' existing support networks. Dedicated professional with 7 years in counseling and crisis intervention with at-risk youth. Offers a comprehensive academic and work background in social services, as well as strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.
CBT; Client-Focused therapy background
Intakes and assessments
Clinical experience with child abuse and neglect cases
Mental health treatment programming
Juvenile justice system expert
Case Management Basics training
Effective team leader
Valid SC driver's license
Experience with foster care youth
Experience with foster care youth
Lead Clinical Staff06/2012
to Current The Bair Foundation Child & Family Services – Greenville,
Manages a caseload of foster children, acting as a resource to the child and foster family and serving as a liaison among the biological family, the referring agency and the child.
Works effectively with diverse foster families, referring agency, children and staff Counsels children regarding psychological problems, emotional problems, or family situations and develops therapeutic treatment plans.
Visits and calls child and foster parents to assure the quality and appropriateness of services provided to each placement.
Submits documentation of calls, visits, and therapy weekly to their supervisor.
Ensures that all necessary documentation and notifications are submitted to the referring agency according to state guidelines.
Formulates a Crisis/Contingency Plan upon placement and updates it as the child's needs change.
Develops Individualized Plan of Care (IPOC) to meet state regulations and to establish the services to be provided for each placement.
Coordinates services to assure effective communications regarding the child with the biological family, the school, the referral agency and community resources.
Performs administrative duties in the absence of the Director or Intake Coordinator to assure that operations continue.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Internet Explorer*.
Human Services Specialist-Adoption Specialist08/2011
to 05/2012 Department of Social Services – Greenville,
Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children.
Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.
Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients, and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provide.
Student Intern-Mental Health Counselor06/2010
to 12/2010 Marshall I. Pickens Psychiatric Hospital – Greenville,
Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships.
Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests.
Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
Plan, organize and lead structured programs of counseling, work, study, recreation and social activities for clients.
to 04/2012 Greenville Hospital System – Greenville,
Provides screening, assessment, planning, problem resolution, resource management, social work services, counseling and crisis management as they relate to the health care and discharge planning needs of the patient/family.
Manages and collaborates in discharge planning for patients with simple and complex needs and coordinates with agencies providing post hospital care.
Functions effectively as an interdisciplinary health care team member collaborating with other health care professionals to coordinate in assessing patient/family needs and developing a comprehensive plan of care, to coordinate and facilitate resolution of patient needs.
Child Protective Services - Certified Human Service Specialist II03/2007
to 07/2008 South Carolina Department of Social Services – Greenville,
Identify, research and document vocational, medical and personal information Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, families and representatives of other professional disciplines Provide monthly observation of clients and document observations Conduct needs assessments on clients and assesses appropriateness of services provided Maintain knowledge of public assistance programs, employment practices, and community resources Advocate on behalf of clients to ensure appropriate, timely and consistent services Manage an assigned caseload by maintaining case files and responding to correspondence Develop and assess resources within the community to assist the client and family members to become self-sufficient and the family to remain intact Analyze case data and make appropriate decisions.
Master of Arts: Mental Health Counseling2010WEBSTER UNIVERSITY-
Bachelor of Science: Psychology2006UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA-
High School Diploma: 2002GREER HIGH SCHOOL-
academic, administrative, agency, communication skills, consultation, counseling, crisis management, client, clients, Excellent customer service, documentation, Internet Explorer, Director, Mental Health, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Power Point, Microsoft Word, Works, problem resolution, quality, express, research, structured, supervisor