Mental Health Team Leader, 03/2013
to Current The Isaac Ray Center Cook County Juvenile Detent – Chicago,
Delivered high quality clinical services to juvenile residents, both male and female, through individual and group sessions as well as through crisis intervention.
Worked closely with management team to develop and implement mental health and substance abuse risk reduction programming for residents.
Supervised Masters level clinicians and trainees, such as Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Mental Health Specialist, who provided mental health services to the detained youth.
Developed and implemented treatment plans and modified when needed.
Clinical Therapist, 05/2012
to 10/2012 Victoria Reid, PsyD- Ravinia Woods Office Center – Orland Park,
Provided individual psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting and to elderly adults in nursing home facilities.
Clearly documented aspects of the session in patient charts.
Educated patients and their loved ones on the therapy process and answered questions related to patient's observed progress.
Counselor II, 06/2011
to 02/2013 Gateway Foundation – Chicago,
Completed comprehensive assessments of clients' substance abuse history and treatment requirements, and developed individualized treatment plans Provided individual and group counseling and facilitated didactic groups.
Documented treatment and discharge plans, and clients' progress and responses to treatment; and maintained related records and charts.
Performed case management and contributed to client care monitoring.
Clinical Therapist, 10/2010
to 12/2011 Mays and Associates- Aunt Martha's Youth Service – Matteson,
Provided individual psychotherapy to children and parents involved with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Conducted psychological assessments for substance abuse and observed parental fitness during scheduled visits.
Kept concise documentation according to Medicaid standards.
Structured Discussion Leader, 10/2009 Boston College
Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture Diversity Challenge Conference "I Don't Have Anyone.
Facilitated a discussion focused on the unique experience of African American graduate students at a majority universities.
Identified barriers between students of color and faculty that may contribute to students feeling alienated and disconnected.
Discussed ways faculty and students can work collaboratively to foster students' professional development and feelings of connection.
Pre-doctoral Intern, 08/2009
to 08/2010 FORMAL PRACTICA AND INTERNSHIP TRAINING Gateway – Chicago,
Provided individual and group therapy to incarcerated males diagnosed with a myriad of psychological disorders and substance abuse disorders.
Administered mental health assessments and psychological testing to evaluate suitability for participation in Gateway Programming.
Worked within a treatment team to develop and implement individualized therapeutic goals to increase client's chances of success upon discharge.
to 12/2009 Mays and Associates- E.R.I.C. Family Services – Matteson,
Counseled adolescent girls who were in a residential setting of the Department of Children and Family Services.
Intervened during crisis situations and utilized clinical judgment for the safety of each client.
Made therapeutic recommendations for each client in conjunction with and supported by treatment team members.
to 08/2009 Englewood Mental Health Center – Chicago,
Provided individual therapy to a diverse population of individuals suffering from chronic mental illness and develop treatment plans with clients.
Responsible for keeping clear and concise progress notes that address the goals of the treatment plan.
Conducted a coping skills group with individuals suffering from schizophrenia.
TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS, 03/2008 Dominican University – River Forest,
Invited by Theresa Schultz, PhD "Stereotypes from the Black Perspective".
Lectured to a multicultural undergraduate social psychology class about the effects of stereotypes on the African American community.
Presented research and literature that spoke to the racial experience of African Americans in this country.
Facilitated an open discussion on the students' perception and positive and negative stereotypes of African Americans in this country.
Intelligence Testing Teaching Assistant, 12/2007
to 03/2008 Midwestern University – Downers Grove,
Supervisor: Michelle Lee, PhD.
Worked with first year psychology graduate students to introduce and orient them to the WAIS-III and WISC-IV.
Performed competency evaluations with the students to assess their understanding of administration and scoring the WAIS-III and WISC-IV.
Answered questions, identified strengths and provided helpful suggestions for ways to improve administration if needed.
Clinical Interview Teaching Assistant, 09/2007
to 12/2007 Midwestern University – Downers Grove,
Supervisor: Gloria Workman, PhD.
Worked with first year psychology graduate students to enhance their abilities to conduct clinical interviews.
Identified strengths and offered constructive feedback for areas of growth.
Recommend different techniques to use during a therapeutic session to engage clients.
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS, 08/2007
to 05/2008 Orland Family Services – Orland Park,
Assessed clients with psychological measures (Interview, WAIS-III, MMPI-II).
Scored, interpreted and complied results into a written report.
Conveyed results to clients during feedback sessions and answered client's questions.
Group Facilitator, 03/2007
to 05/2007 CLERKSHIPS Infant Jesus of Prauge School – Flossmoor,
Supervisor: Karen Farrell, PsyD.
Worked with seventh grade girls and developed a new awareness of girl-to-girl relational aggression.
Used the group to build the self-esteem and emotional well-being of the girls.
Facilitated candid discussions about race, bullying and relationships and provided a safe and confidential space for girls to speak openly.
Arts and Crafts Coordinator, 09/2006
to 03/2007 Hesed House, Inc – Aurora,
Supervisor: Diana Semmelhack, PsyD.
Provided weekly arts and crafts projects for the children in the shelter.
Fostered relationships with the children in the shelter.
Helped build confidence in children by assigning responsibilities from week to week.
Service Coordinator, 09/2005
to 06/2006 Young Women's Christian Association- WINGS Progr – Columbus,
Provided supportive counseling to clients based on specific needs.
Kept concise and detailed case notes following each client session.
Acted as an advocate for each client whenever needed.
Triage Coordinator, 03/2005
to 09/2005 Young Women's Christian Association Network – Columbus,
Managed and motivated third shift and weekend staff.
Troubleshot and resolved problems concerning residents.
Created and implemented a supply order procedure for off-site staff.
04/2011 DISSERTATION/PRACTIONAR SCHOLAR PROJECT Midweste – Downers Grove,
The Attribution of Criminality Based on.
Chairperson: Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., Sc.D., ABPP.
08/2008 MASTER'S THESIS Midwestern University – Downers Grove,
Factors Contributing to the Formation of Racial Stereotypes concerning.
Chairperson: Richard Ney, PhD.
Doctorate: Clinical Psychology,
2011 Doctor of Psychology Midwestern University -
Masters of Arts: Midwestern University -
Bachelor of Arts: Clinical Psychology,
2008 The Ohio State University - Columbus,
Psychology and Human Development and Family Science: 2005
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
January 2014 Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist
License Number: 071.008777