Empathetic mental health professional highly accomplished in domestic violence counseling, crisis intervention and treatment analysis and planning.
Mental health evaluations
Facilitating counseling sessions
Individual and group counseling
Strong public speaker
Mental Health Counselor, 03/2020 to Current Healing Essence, LLC. – Richmond , KY
Counsel with emphasis on prevention.
Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.
May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients and treatment.
Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves, their relationships, or personal issues.
Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
Perform crisis intervention and intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
Act as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency situations.
Advocate for individual or community needs.
Refer patients, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary.
Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
Mental Health Counselor, 09/2016 to 10/2019 Kentucky Counseling Center – Richmond , KY
Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, 02/2002 to 08/2009 Family Life Abuse Center (CAP) – Mt. Vernon , KY
Provided crisis intervention for residential and non-residential clients, including monitoring twenty-four hour crisis and business lines, ensuring confidentiality of residents and staff, contacting law enforcement agencies, and make appropriate referrals to community agencies.
Provided follow-up services to former residents, including support, making referrals, assistance, and advocacy.
Provided community education and training programs for residential and non-residential clients, agencies, schools, churches, civic groups to inform the public regarding domestic violence, life management skills, parenting education, and program services.
Organized six county wide conference for women ages 13 and up that addressed issues regarding domestic violence (adults and teens), career building, education, and online safety.
Facilitated support groups in Jackson, Laurel, and Rockcastle counties.
Provided criminal justice advocacy for victims of domestic violence.
Member of Region 5 Kentucky Housing Corporation Continuum of Care.
Member of the Cumberland Valley Children's Community Collaborative Network.
Member of the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness Services Subcommittee.
Assisted with the development of the Region 5 10 Year Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Public Safety Police Telecommunicator.
Educated potential participants on available services and processes to engage in program.
Police Dispatcher, 01/1999 to 01/2002 Eastern Kentucky University – Richmond, KY
Possessed in depth knowledge of all University and Division functions, operations, and geography.
Operated equipment and devices assigned to the Dispatch area (telephone system, 4 computer terminals, TDD phone for the hearing impaired, and Windows based computer programs).
Analyzed incoming calls and requests for Division response, properly route calls, and assign division personnel to requests.
Responsible for the documentation and accountability of the actions taken by personnel assigned to shift.
Served as a center of information regarding University information after the normal business hours of any and all University offices and departments.
Communicated with all members of the University (student groups, faculty, staff, administration, and visitors) to address specific needs.
Operated telephone and radio equipment to receive requests and reports from police officers.
Monitored alarm systems and closed circuit televisions to dispatch appropriate police response to intrusions and trouble indicated alarms.
Questioned callers to determine nature of problems and locations to direct type of response needed.
Relayed latest information to first responders via electronic means, telephone calls and radio responses.
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
MASTER OF ARTS: MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING & EDUCATIONALEastern Kentucky University
BACHELOR OF ARTS: PSYCHOLOGYEastern Kentucky University
ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF SCIENCEEastern Kentucky University
PROFESSIONAL, VOLUNTEER, & SCHOLASTIC ASSOCIATIONSAmerican Psychological Association student member (2012-2013)Society for the Psychology of Women student member (2012-2013)Eastern Kentucky University African-American Graduate Fellowship recipient (2012)Eastern Kentucky University Graduate School Strategic Planning participant (April 2012)Kentucky Counseling Association Summer Scholarship recipient (2012)Kentucky Counseling Association Graduate Student Task Force member (2012-2014)Student Representative for the Eastern Kentucky University College of EducationCollege Curriculum Coordinating Committee (2011-2012)Kentucky Homeless and Housing Coalition Board member and Advocacy CommitteeChairperson (2010-2015)Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International,Epsilon Kappa Upsilon Chapter Eastern Kentucky University President (2011-2012)Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society InternationalEpsilon Kappa Upsilon Chapter Eastern Kentucky University Secretary/Treasurer(2012-2013)Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society Internationalmember at large (2017-present date)Golden Key International Honor Society Member (inducted 2011).Southern Region Student Network Student Representative ACA Southern Region(2012-2013)Society for Ethics Across Curriculum student member (2012)Madison County Citizen Foster Care Review Board Member (2012-2014)Civitan International Richmond, KY (2012-2015), Club President (2014-2015)National Health Care for the Homeless Council member (2013)Academic Reviewer for the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Gender andDiversity in Organizations Division (2013)Secretary/Technical Coordinator Kentucky Mental Health Counseling Association (2013)Kentucky Counseling Association Graduate Student/New Counselor Award (2014)Eastern Kentucky University Outstanding Graduate Student Diversity & Inclusion Award(2016)