Licensed Clinical Social Worker inspired to bring my passion and 20+ years of experience to students pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. I have provided a range of social work services and interventions to adults, older adults and their families in home and community based settings, including the VA Healthcare system. The collective breadth and depth of my experience led me to work in Hospice. In 2017, I took a lead social work role within my organization , in piloting a community based Palliative Care program. Guided by principles of family systems and meaning making theories , and a strengths based approach to assessment and counseling, I support individuals and families in their quest to make sense of life events in the context of living with serious and chronic illness. As part of an interdisciplinary team, and with use of complementary therapies, such as music and journaling, I work to promote improvements in quality of life, restore life balance, and help individuals find purpose in living , even as they may be at or approaching end of life.
2019-Earned Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Worker Certification as one of three social workers in Arizona to pass the first evidence based exam in Hospice and Palliative Care in the inaugural round of testing
2013-Earned Pastoral Care and Counseling Certification-Richmond Hill Retreat Center, Richmond, Virginia
2012-Trained as Veteran's Health Administration Contract Officer's Representative (COR) and achieved score of 100% on final exam
2010-Co-Presenter-National Association of Social Workers Virginia Chapter Annual Conference , Perseverance and Possibility, Williamsburg, Virginia
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