Job Related Licensed Graduate Social Worker test passed on 2/19/13.
11/2012 to 06/2017
Licensed Social WorkerNew Beacon Hospice － Anniston, AL
As a hospice social worker, I was able to help patients and their loved ones or caregivers navigate the practical and emotional issues that arise during the end of life's journey.
Duties included helping patients fill out advance directives, assisting families in determining funeral arrangements, offering education about caregiving, connected patients and families to community resources, as well as assessed the emotional needs of patients or caregivers.
I also made initial psychosocial evaluations that are essential to making medical care effective and appropriate for each unique family (evaluations included spiritual and cultural beliefs so that I could help educate other team members as well as themselves about what each family wants, and even more importantly, what they might not want).
01/2012 to 07/2012
social worker/internCED (Calhoun Etowah, Dekalb) Mental Health － Attalla, AL
Supervisor: Kim Womack ((256) 492-7800)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes
While working as a social worker at the mental health center, I provided services to patients and families by assessing psychosocial needs and implementing a plan of care to assure continuity of the patient's care.
At the mental health care center I provided outpatient mental health care to families.
It was my responsibility to screen, provide assessments, diagnose, and provide therapy and treatment of families and individuals with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders according to standard and usual and acceptable methods and techniques.
In order to provide accurate assessments, I observed patient behaviors and reaction patterns to modify treatment plans.
As a mental health social worker I was responsible for conducting Intake visits for clients referred for general evaluation.
During the intake process, I would focus on diagnostic evaluation, psychosocial functioning, problem-solving and recommendations for psychosocial treatment and forming behavioral change goals.
Upon meeting with a client I would complete a psychosocial assessment.
I used this psychosocial assessment to get an overview of how a client feels emotionally and how well a client functions cognitively.
When conducting a psychosocial assessment I would observe the patients behavior to screen for possible psychiatric, medical and social problems.
I was able to determine through the psychosocial assessment whether the client suffered from possible mental disorders, such as depression or PTSD.
After the psychological assessment, I would arrange, manage and modify different courses of psychosocial treatment that would best benefit the patient's current issues.
At the mental health center I was also responsible for developing psychosocial treatment plans to assist in the care of clients.
I used the treatment plans to assess the psychological functioning and needs of the patient and their family members.
In order to implement a treatment plan, I would work to identify the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed.
I would utilize the treatment plan to discuss with the patient how progress will be determined and what further care the client will require to reach treatment goals.
I would provide patient and family education about the issues the patient was experiencing.
I would communicate with the interdisciplinary team the information gathered from the psychological assessment to create a better understanding of the patient so the members were in a better position to make a more accurate diagnosis.
I provided psychosocial interventions, advocacy and linkage and coordination of community resources as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
During this visit, I would provide patient and family education about community services and/or clinic resources, or referring them to more appropriate treatment resources.
I would also give appropriate referrals to the community or other professional resources as needed.
I would revisit treatment plans often to make any needed adjustments as the client displayed new, improved or worse behaviors and thoughts.
In addition, I would evaluate and monitor the client's progress, while establishing ongoing treatment options and goals.
06/2011 to 12/2011
internArmy Community Services － Anniston, United States, AL
Supervisor: Tim Rolfe ((256) 235-4874)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes
As a social worker at ACS I helped provide social services program on the Anniston Army Depot installation.
As an ACS social worker, I helped provide a range of services to individuals as well as families to support the ever-changing needs in the ANAD community.
The Army Community Service provides help to Service Members, Family Members, DA Civilians, Survivors of Fallen Service Members, and Retirees.
As a social worker, I provided a coordination of services to the community.
I helped to identify and report spouse abuse cases trough the Family Advocacy Program.
I provided counseling for short and long term treatment to all family members including the victim, the abuser and children in the home.
I conducted educational classes to military units and family groups about spouse abuse.
I was also a part of the New Parent Support Program services, designed to help Families cope with stress, isolation, pre and post-deployment issues, and the demands of parenthood.
I offered education and support to new parents.
I provided information on bonding; Father's role; emotional changes; and nutrition to new parents.
I offered information on various community services that would assist the individual as needed, and helped provide information and referral services.
I provided group counseling on childhood issues, behavioral problems and emotional support to help with the understanding of human development.
I performed parenting classes, play and activities, and parenting support groups.
I used case management to discover the needs of my clients.
I used referral services to on- and off-post resources that would best meet the needs of my clients.
I worked as part of The Family Advocacy Skills Training (F.A.S.T.) program to provide a variety of classes, groups, seminars, workshops and activities to educate Army Soldiers and Families on how to manage day to day stress, increase self-esteem, manage emotions, learn positive communication, and problem-solving techniques.
I would participate in helping with seminars and workshops for unit or family support groups.
08/2005 to 10/2012
Financial CounselorFederal Employee Benefits Assistance Agency － Rainbow City, United States, AL
Supervisor: Kathy Jones (256.438.3071)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes
As a financial counselor, I assist and educate federal employees on their current government benefits and offer individualized information to help clients achieve financial security.
I travel to numerous facilities, including the Anniston Army Depot, Ft.
Rucker, and other instillations to assess individuals' needs and help them discover what resources will best satisfy their needs.
I work alongside my client to create a comprehensive financial plan that identifies problem areas, make recommendations for improvement, and select appropriate financial programs compatible with the client's goals, attitude toward risk, and expectation or need for investment returns.
I help the clients to identify their values and priorities and translate their values into meaningful financial goals.
I coordinate monthly seminars at various federal installations (VA's, ANAD, and National Guard).
I also coordinate "new hire" seminars for the VA hospitals, and counsel on personal finance issues, including debt, Money Management, Retirement Planning and College Planning.
I assist federal employees in gaining a better understanding of their benefits and provide guidance and determine resources available for integrating their benefits package into their personal financial plan and their plans for retirement.
I help clients monitor their progress and make adjustments to their plan to keep pace with individual circumstances - such as changes in family status (marriage, divorce, birth, death of a family member), changes in career status (promotion, job loss, career change, relocation, retirement), new or evolving financial priorities, and the performance of their investments.
I collect and analyze financial data on clients to determine their financial needs.
I assist clients in navigating the financial aid process, helping to fill out the correct forms, providing the needed documents and apprising them of any changes to existing resources.
I document information as it relates to the particular needs and situation of the client and then utilize it to provide measurable goals for those who need assistance with goal setting and develop a customized step-by-step action plan that will help them achieve their goals.
Specific duties include providing clear and consistent advice and follow-through with clients seeking financial advice in order to keep their homes, pay bills, acquire a loan or explore financial products to send children to college.
Many of my clients are veterans, new hires and retiring, from the federal marketplace, and are appreciative to learn of their VA benefits.
It has been rewarding helping individuals discover their financial freedom, enabling them to live a life with less financial stress.
Education and Training
Master's Degree: Social WorkUniversity of Alabama － Tuscaloosa, AL, United States3.5 Credits Earned: 60 Semester hours Social Work
Bachelor's Degree: Social WorkJacksonville State University － Jacksonville, AL, United States3.4 Credits Earned: 120 Semester hours Social Work Cum Laude
Activities and Honors
National Association of Social Workers - Member
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Companies Worked For:
New Beacon Hospice
CED (Calhoun Etowah, Dekalb) Mental Health
Army Community Services
Federal Employee Benefits Assistance Agency
University of Alabama
Jacksonville State University
Job Titles Held:
Licensed Social Worker
Master's Degree : Social Work Bachelor's Degree : Social Work
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