Compassionate Social Worker (LMSW) and active listener dedicated to working tirelessly with clients to help them resolve mental health issues and thrive on their own terms.
Washington UniversitySt. Louis, MOMaster of Arts: Social Work3.5 GPA , Licensed Master of Social Work
University of KentuckyLexington, KYBachelor of Arts: SociologyMagna Cum Laude, GPA 3.5
Licensed Master of Social Worker #12957
Excellent interpersonal skills
Able to type 59 wpm
Able to lift 50 lbs or more
The Guidance CenterChalmette, LAMental Health Provider Conducted at least 25 individual and family therapy hourly sessions per week, wherever needed - community, office, or home. Worked with dually-diagnosed children and children with a history of domestic abuse. Interviewed clients individually and with families to determine what services would best address their needs.Communicated with relatives of child and adolescent clients about diagnoses. Devised realistic treatment plans and delivered comprehensive case management services. Evaluated and addressed individual client needs and concerns. Maintained thorough case history records and wrote detailed reports. Presented case history material for review and discussion with other staff members. Consulted with other professionals regarding the treatment of specific clients. Where significant hazard of severe or continuing abuse was identified, made recommendation for and took action to effect removal and protection of family members and others from the abuser. Obtained social and personal information necessary to determine the cause(s) and consequences of violent and other abusive behavior. Developed a proposed treatment plan for abusers and/or victims based on identified problems, psychosocial factors, and treatment capabilities. Used a variety of modalities and techniques as appropriate for the situation and client/target audience. Conducted individual and family outpatient therapy sessions for victims and others needing help in preventing or dealing with abuse situations. Assisted medical and law enforcement agencies in interviewing victims and witnesses to abuse, especially children or others requiring special handling to prevent further trauma. Works closely with hospital staff, schools and other organizations and individuals to assure accurate identification and correct handling of known or suspected abuse cases. Participates in training of professional, technical and support staff.
T. H. Harris Middle SchoolMetairie, LAESL ParaFacilitated learning of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in both ESL classes and mainstream classes. Interpreted or translated for school, teachers, students and parents to facilitate communication - whenever needed. Routinely met with students' parents regarding in-class issues and learning interruptions to discuss solutions. Enforced rules for behavior and procedures in order to maintain order among classes of more than 17 students. Developed and implemented interesting and interactive learning mediums to increase student understanding of course materials. Used a variety of teaching techniques to encourage student critical thinking and discussion in middle school courses.
John McDonogh Senior HighSchoolNew Orleans, LAESL Para/InstructorFacilitated learning of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students in ESL class, helped to build skills in English (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Administered language proficiency assessments and other assessments to evaluate student language abilities. Prepared lesson plans based on state and federal standards for English language acquisition, including the WIDA assessment. Conducted collaborative and gradual release lessons which promoted competent skills in English. Devised special strategies for reinforcing learning materials based on individual students needs and abilities. Mentored language learners scholars who showcase excellent scholastic values and organized youthgroup activities in order to increase English proficiency, build confidence, build leadership, and increase community engagement. Functioned as a liaison between classroom teachers and individual student or groups of students, helped scholars understand content through translation or oneonone support. Adjusted and translated materials as needed; prepared modified teaching materials. Substituted in the absence of regular teacher or serves as chief source of information to any guest teacher. Assisted in communication between school, teachers, students and parents. Collaborated with school personnel and parents for the purpose of improving the overall quality of student outcomes. Reviewed student progress toward objectives, expectation, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to student, parents, and administration.
Young Leadership CouncilNew Orleans, LAAdmissions Counselor MentorInstructed a youth monthly with the college admissions process, including writing personal statements, finding colleges that fit, finding scholarships, and transitioning to college.
College Summit - Washington UniversitySt. Louis, MOAdmissions Counselor - Writing CoachDirected a writing workshop that included 5 youths from different St. Louis City high schools. Designed lesson plans focused on age and level-appropriate material. Demonstrated how to craft their personal statements and how to improve their writing skills for college admissions.
Brittany Woods Middle SchoolUniversity City, MOSchool Social WorkerPlanned and implemented experiential activities, such as the Homelessness Project, which built awareness around homelessness through field-trips to local organizations and shelters, guest speakers, and research and reflective writings on homelessness. Instructed 6th, 7th, and 8th grade scholars in the student newspaper club, providing guidance and structure as the youth crafted the newspaper. Facilitated discussion and critical thinking as scholars crafted their articles or sections by encouraging and empowering students to make their own decisions, to develop their own ideas, and to do research. Coached scholars on how to utilize Microsoft Word, Gmail, and Google Docs for creating newsletters, communicating with others, and sharing information and documents. Mentored scholars who showcased excellent journalism skills and values by providing opportunities for student leadership and peer teaching. Recruited students for other leadership positions, such as selling items in the school store to students who earned school rewards (eagle bucks).
Kingdom HouseSt.Louis, MOFamily Case WorkerCounseled individuals who dealt with mental or social challenges by utilizing social work training in behavioral therapy. Revamped the casemanagement procedures at the department by researching the best practices for case-management, compiling intake documents and client databases, and evaluating software. Guided participants through the case management process of the family support department by facilitating the thrift store, food pantry, and other family support services. Investigated vocational pathways for low income students and parents and also coached interested participants on career opportunities. Compiled documents that promoted and explained the benefits of undertaking higher education as a parent and the impact on individuals and their children. Explained and encouraged healthy eating amongst African-Americans. Assisted with the Teen Outreach Program, a youth development group by helping with discussions and set-up. Promoted positive social norms, self-confidence, healthy relationships, critical thinking, and community engagement through the weekly program curriculum and community service opportunities. Advocated for the rights of youth regarding improper discipline in youth group classes. Participates in training of professional, technical and support staff.
Urban Education InitiativeSt. Louis, MOCo-Chair Promoted the Urban Education Initiative's mission of supporting quality primary and secondary education for all children. Managed group's records, documents, and pictures using online databases. Coordinated meetings with other group leaders and served as main liaison between Brittany Woods Middle School. Directed a community service event at a local middle-school and invited group members and classmates to participate, which resulted in 7 volunteers serving the school.
Chrysalis HouseLexington, KYRehabilitation Intake SpecialistConducted at least 1 individual or group hourly sessions per week with clients who needed crisis intervention. Promoted positive self esteem, self confidence, and healthy lifestyle choices through individual conversations and weekly quotations on the board. Validated and mediated the concerns and goals of the clients at house meetings. Coordinated check-ins, check-outs, and administrative intake process of halfway clients. Facilitated drug drops, or examinations, of clients. Provided approved medication to clients. Counseled and prepared residents for their transition back into the community. Educated residents and their families regarding other community resources.
Counseled 4-6 callers, victims and witnesses of abuse, per month on the phone or at a local hospital in crisis situations by utilizing training in intervention skills. Assisted medical and law enforcement agencies in interviewing victims and witnesses to abuse, especially children or others requiring special handling to prevent further trauma. Works closely with hospital staff, schools and other organizations and individuals to assure accurate identification and correct handling of known or suspected rape cases. Participates in training of professional, technical and support staff. Where significant hazard of severe or continuing abuse or assault was identified, made recommendation for and took action to effect removal and protection of family members and others from the abuser. Obtained social and personal information necessary to determine the cause(s) and consequences of violent and other abusive behavior. Developed a proposed safety plan for victims based on identified problems, psychosocial factors, and treatment capabilities. Used a variety of modalities and techniques as appropriate for the situation and client/target audience.
Violence Intervention and Prevention CenterLexington, KYVictim AdvocatePromoted the center's vision of violence prevention and community support of survivors. Encouraged a positive self-identity, healthy relationships, self-confidence, and healing through weekly art therapy sessions. Set-up meetings and guided clients into counseling rooms. Conducted 1 to 4 sessions peer counseling per month. Assessed and presented information discussing the economic barriers that victims of violence endure facts, about domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and how to be a pro-social bystander. Raised donations to help fund the needs of victims. Recruited students to volunteer and to participate in the center's programs via print materials, emails, social media, tabling, and face-to-face conversations; provided support and guidance to center's student club. Designed a monologue about violence to help illustrate the impact of violence in youth's lives. Conducted campus wide community services and promotional events focused on violence prevention or supporting victim services.
Technology, Promotional, Teaching, Training, Instructor, Liaison, Translation, Microsoft Word, Best Practices, Case Management, Databases, Mentor, Magellan, Mental Health, Risk Assessments, Writing Skills, People Skills, Typing, Therapy, Organization