Licensed mental health practitioner with demonstrated track record of successfully working with CORE and diverse client populations in one-on-one and group settings.
Conduct psychiatric evaluations and determine level of care for both inpatient and outpatient facilities. Serve as lead clinician for patients with bipolar, depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Quickly respond to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arise. Efficiently gather information to inform development of treatment plans. Document all patient information including service plans, treatment reports and progress notes. Collaborate closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services. Interact with clinical staff and external resources such as school or community personnel. Teach clients anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills and functional living skills during group therapy. Monitor patients prescribed psychotropic medications to assess the medications' effectiveness and side effects. Consult with psychiatrist about client medication changes, issues with medicine compliance and efficacy of medications. Guide clients in understanding illnesses and treatment plans. Create and review master treatment and discharge plans for each client.
Provided CORE services to individuals, families, children,and teens on caseload. Completed treatment plans and CAFAS. Conducted assessments as needed. Referred for services and made connections for families to community resources.
Provided individual counseling to adolescents, women, men, families and couples. Led groups such as foster parent training, teen anger groups, and GRACE group (accepting a family member's mental health diagnosis). Completed training for TF-CBT (trauma focused -cognitive behavior therapy for trauma victims). Conducted assessments as needed. Focused on issues, such as depression, battered women, trauma, and anxiety, using DBT skills and CBT therapies.
Provided individual counseling to teens that had been sent to Boot camp by the Juvenile court system or had been placed by their parent. Conducted initial assessment on each teen entering system. Provided feedback to parents if needed concerning the mental health status of their child. Assisted when emergencies arose during crisis, i.e. fights or threats of suicide.
Provided group counseling, individual counseling, and array of other client based services using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), CBT, and other forms of therapy to clients with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Dual Diagnosis and other major mental disorders.
Stayed home with children and eventually home schooled children
Taught music skills and music history to primary and elementary home school students 2002-2004. Assisted Art Teachers in classroom 2004-2008. Substitute Teacher 2004-2008.
Investigated allegations of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and exploitation. Determined and documented the need for protective services intervention. Conducted interviews with child and family and developed case plans for each family and passed case to field unit for follow-up supervision. Prepared court case and appeared in court as needed.
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/Public Administration, Georgia College and University, Milledgeville, GA May, 1993 GPA 3.64
Case Management, Social Services, Family Therapy, Individual, Couples, Children, Adolescents, Group, Addiction, Men, Women, Trauma, Parenting, Christian, TF-CBT, DBT, CBT
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