Licensed Graduate Social Worker previously employed in primarily two fields: Hospital Administration with Direct Patient Care Responsibilities Included and Cullman County Probate Judge. Currently employed in Private Independent Counseling Agency.
Superior communication skills
Specialized training in grief counseling
Psychiatric population familiarity
Community resources specialist
Community outreach expert
Excellent interpersonal skills
Licensed Graduate Social Worker - Counselor, 03/2016 to CurrentThe Delta Center － Cullman, ALProvide direct counseling services to individuals and families in the areas of Crisis Intervention, Marriage and Family, Substance Abuse, Grief and Bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other areas as needed.
Probate Judge, 01/2007 to 01/2013Cullman County Probate Judge － Cullman, ALProbate Judge for Cullman County presiding over all cases involving Estates, Adoptions, Psychiatric Commitments, Etc. Administrative duties including the distribution of Marriage License, Business License, Hunting License, Fishing License, Driver's License, Etc.
Director of Social Work, 03/1997 to 01/2007Cullman Regional Medical Center － Cullman, ALInterviewed clients individually and with families to determine what services would best address their needs. Advised patients on community resources, made referrals and devised realistic treatment plans. Communicated with relatives of patients about diagnosis and treatment programs appropriate to individual situations. Communicated with public and welfare agencies to obtain and provide information. Conducted Group Therapy Sessions. Oversaw the operation of the department including staff management, budgeting responsibilities for department and Community Outreach Fund. Wrote Petitions, court reports, case plans and other legal documents. Educated patients and their families regarding community resources and accessed said resources when appropriate. Counseled and prepared patients for their transition back into the community.
Staff Social Worker, 06/1995 to 03/1997DCH Regional Medical Center － Tuscaloosa, ALTeam Leader for Physical Rehabilitation Hospital Neurological Treatment Team. Responsible for interviewing patients and their family members to develop discharge goals and plans. Presented case history material for review and discussion with other staff members. Facilitated individual and group therapy sessions weekly. Maintained a case load of 23 patients, working under strict deadlines.
Education and Training
Associates Degree in American History:History,1992Wallace State Community College － Hanceville, AL, United StatesCompleted core course work for transfer to major university with a special emphasis on American History.
Bachelor of Social Work:Social Work,1994The University of Alabama － Tuscaloosa, AL, United StatesCompleted Bachelor of Social Work Degree with an emphasis in Community Organization and Outreach.
Master of Social Work:Social Work,1995The University of Alabama － Tuscaloosa, AL, United StatesCompleted Master of Social Work Degree in Advanced Standing Program with a specialization in the Medical Care Setting. Member of Mortar Board and The Elliott Society.