Talented Social Worker dedicated to providing successful and empathetic care. Seeks to provide effective clinical treatment to individuals and families while simultaneously advancing clinical and professional development.
Evidence based psychotherapist
Clinical documentation mastery
Dual diagnosis expertise
Creative clinical approaches
Exceptional problem solver
Superior communication skills
Mental Hygiene Practitioner, 05/2013 - CurrentNiagara County Department of Mental Health - Niagara Falls, NY
Engaged patients and cultivated the therapeutic alliance needed to reduce symptoms of mental illness and improve overall health.
Diagnosed mental health, emotional and substance abuse disorders.
Referenced and used various therapy techniques; including psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness behavioral therapy.
Effectively managed time and caseload based on 30 individual sessions and 1 group session per week.
Created concise and thorough documentation including biopsychosocial assessments, treatment plans, progress notes and all collateral/integrated care.
Developed comprehensive treatment plans that focused on accurate diagnosis and behavioral treatment of problems.
Consulted with psychiatrists about client medication changes, issues with medicine compliance and efficacy of medications.
Executed appropriate risk-assessment and mitigation strategies.
Responded with mobile crisis team and provided onsite evaluations and crisis intervention within Niagara County.
Provided clinical status updates to collateral treatment programs and requested information related to patient progress to ensure coordinated integrated care.
Social Work Intern, 09/2011 - 05/2012Department of Veterans Affairs - Brooklyn, NY
Treated patients for symptoms of mental illness in outpatient setting.
Conducted in-depth biopsychosocial assessments and created patient centered treatment plans.
Participated in rigorous educational and training sessions within the hospital each week.
Maintained small case load of 20 patients and co-facilitated two groups.
Provided psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapeutic methods to help patients achieve their treatment goals.
Actively participated in weekly mental health team meetings with staff psychiatrists and advanced practicing social workers.
Demonstrated the ability to work within the V.A. and the diverse Veteran population it serves.
Co-facilitated PTSD treatment group for Korean War Veterans.
Developed curriculum for PTSD education seminar for Veterans of all ages.
Followed protocols to exceed requirements for Joint Commission Accreditation.
Medical Social Work Trainee, 06/2011 - 08/2011Department of Veterans Affairs - Brooklyn, NY
Functioned as an inpatient medical social worker throughout multiple hospital wards.
Conducted inpatient assessment screenings for safety within the home, ADL/IADL independence, medical/mental health history and available support/caregivers.
Quickly developed knowledge of medical diagnosis, procedures and aftercare needs of veteran health issues.
Created discharge plans and referrals for in-home care with follow up treatments and preventive measures to ensure optimum recovery.
Provided support and counseling to patients and their families.
Met weekly with interdisciplinary teams, rounded with palliative care teams and covered emergency room as needed.
Social Work Intern, 05/2010 - 09/2010CABS Community Health Network Mental Health Clinic - Brooklyn, NY
Conducted patient intakes, biopsychosocial assessments and designed personal treatment plans specifically for each individual client
Utilized evidence based treatment modalities, as well as psychodynamic techniques to help clients achieve their goals
Assisted with the implementation of a bio-medical mental health pilot project, successfully creating a cohesive relationship between mental health and medical staff.
Developed learning tools specific to patient population that clarified the link between medical and mental health symptoms.
Social Worker Assistant, 06/2008 - 03/2010Visiting Nurse Service of NY, Home Based Crisis Intervention - Brooklyn, NY
Worked with young children and teenage patients, ages 5-18 who were at risk for psychiatric hospitalization.
Provided crisis intervention services to clients in acute psychiatric distress
Developed biopsychosocial assessments, treatment and discharge plans, in collaboration with family and team, including goals that were time sensitive and measurable.
Successfully prevented psychiatric hospitalization within 85% of clients served.
Volunteer, 01/2007 - 03/2008Ronald McDonald House - Brooklyn, NY
Provided multi-faceted support to residents of RMH.
Developed child yoga program that was appropriate for children with or without significant illness.
Provided support to parents and siblings of ill children.
Engaged children in therapeutic play.
Developed strong knowledge of childhood specific cancers and diseases.
Arranged and participated in memorializing services for families of deceased children.
Volunteer, 02/2006 - 04/2006Go Girl Go Organization - Brooklyn, NY
Led weekly educational workshops for girls ages 11 to 14 participating in the Go Girl Go basketball league.
Engaged in interactive discussions related to drug abuse, sexual health and interpersonal relationship issues.
Promoted use of healthy decisions and safety.
Education and Training
2012CUNY Hunter College Silberman School of Social WorkMasters of Social Work
2004SUNY - New PaltzBachelors of Science
Technical Skills and Qualifications
concurrent documentation, home care, palliative care, Joint Commission protocol, certified in CAMS Suicide specific framework, risk assessment, computerized charting, MS Office, eClinical Works, VistA eHealth, Accumed, QuicDoc, thrives in team settings.