Responsible clinician with excellent communication and clinical skills demonstrated by 11 years of experience in behavioral healthcare.
Management - Clinically supervised and managed social workers and professional counselors towards obtaining clinical licensure.
Documentation - Ensured clinical accuracy through precise documentation in electronic health record system (EMR, EHR).
Diagnosed mental health, emotional and substance abuse disorders. Facilitated group therapy for early recovery and relapse prevention from chemical dependence and developed a group for clients with chronic pain issues. Quickly responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose. Conducted comprehensive clinical assessments prior to developing treatment plans and referral to appropriate services. Documented all clinical services provided including clinical assessments, treatment plans, substance abuse assessments and group therapy notes within electronic health record system.
Conducted dual-diagnosis clinical assessments and facilitated individual and group therapy for both outpatient and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient program. Evaluated client's current ASAM levels to determine potential need to refer for higher or lower level of treatment. Utilized Seven Challenges treatment model for adolescents diagnosed with chemical dependence and juvenile justice involvement.
Developed clinical treatment plans, including comprehensive clinical assessments, substance abuse and psychiatric evaluations, and ICD codes/diagnoses. Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services. Taught clients anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills and relapse prevention skills.
Clinically supervised and managed clinicians across different service lines. Documented all clinical treatment notes including service plans, treatment plans and progress notes. Interacted with clinical staff and external resources such as school or community personnel. Worked with clinicians and juvenile justice probation officers to implement Seven Challenges treatment program groups at the clinic and to ensure skill use at the client's home with their families.
Documented and recorded information in client files. Effectively managed time and caseloads based on Medicaid approved number of sessions per month. Quickly and effectively responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral health issues arose. 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.
Provided psychotherapy services to adults and adolescents in high acuity adult inpatient unit. Diagnosed mental health, emotional and substance abuse disorders. Created and reviewed master treatment and discharge plans for each impatient client on caseload. Guided clients in understanding illnesses and treatment plans. Led patients in individual, family, and group therapy sessions.
Diagnosed mental health, emotional and substance abuse disorders. Referenced and used various therapy techniques, including cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy, solutions-focused therapy and trauma focused psychotherapy. Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes.
Specialization in Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Minor in Women's Studies
Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-2833) - NCSAPPB, (04/2016 - 04/2018)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - NCSWCLB, expired 06/2014, currently working towards renewal
Clinical Addiction Specialist Certification - Carolyn Freeze Baynes School of Social Work & Criminal Justice (05/2004)
Seven Challenges Model Leader Trainer (2011)
Evolution of Psychotherapy Attendee, Milton Erickson Association, Anaheim, California (2009)
Seaside Institute for Gestalt Therapy - Intensive Training, completed 2012
National Association of Social Workers (Current Member)
Proficient in contemporary office technology including Microsoft Office as well as electronic health record systems (EMR, EHR).
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