A responsible self-starter, driven to help others overcome personal obstacles. Team-oriented with strong track record of establishing solid relationships with clients, co-workers, administration and local agencies. Experience with counseling at-risk-juveniles and families as well as direct
practice with children, adolescents and families in private practice, inpatient psychiatric and medical settings. Excellent
client evaluation skills and the ability to locate appropriate community services for clients. Recognized by colleagues
for creative problem-solving skills, superior analytical and advocacy skills.
Apply strength based perspective, psycho-education, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to maximize client's potential to heal
Resourceful with excellent case management skills and ability to adapt easily to new situations.
Conceived and planned inaugural parent mentoring program
Experience with group, individual and family therapy
Regular participation in leadership and professional development seminars
Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Maryland 03/16
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Clinical, Maryland 12/98
Private Practice - Clinical Therapist01/2017 to CurrentAspire CounselingGaithersburg, MDProvide individual therapy to children, adolescents and families in private practice setting. Commitment to helping clients achieve their mental health goals by developing the skills they need. Skilled in evidence based strategies of mental health and behavioral healthcare (CBT, DBT, Mindfulness). Excellent writing, task management, relationship building, and communication skills. Develop treatment plans in accordance with current insurance reimbursement guidelines. Attend monthly trainings and participate in regular continuing education.
Therapist12/2016 to CurrentAdventist Behavioral Health, Adolescent Partial Hospitalzation ProgramRockville, MDProvide individual, group, and family therapies to clients and their families. Initiate and implement comprehensive psychosocial assessments and treatment plans. Participate in interdisciplinary treatment team to develop interventions that will promote excellent therapeutic outcomes. Expert knowledge of CBT and DBT concepts to lead daily skill building groups for adolescent clients.
Program Manager01/2016 to 03/2017Office of the Public DefenderRockville, MarylandInitiate and plan inaugural parent mentoring program for CINA clients. Develop and implement curricula to provide training and clinical supervisor to mentors and mentees. Develop program manual regarding policies and procedures for identifying, recruiting, training and overseeing program. Collaborate with CINA attorneys and community agencies to maximize parent engagement and facilitate family preservation and reunification. Gather and analyze data to demonstrate need for continuing funding
Project Manager04/2001 to 06/2001Core Services Agency Rockville, MarylandThree month, grant funded project evaluating adolescent mental health consumers currently placed in residential treatment centers (RTC). Conduct psychosocial evaluations of adolescents from Montgomery County placed in RTC. Make therapeutic recommendations for treatment alternatives and assess need for additional community based resources. Collect and manage data.
Independent Consultant for Montgomery County Abused Person's Program08/2000 to 09/2003J and E AssociatesSilver Spring, MarylandFacilitate 26-week cognitive behavioral group for court ordered offenders. Conduct psychological assessment and individual therapy for court ordered spousal abuse treatment. Make therapeutic recommendations, provide counseling and community referrals for perpetrators and victims of violence.
Private Practice - Clinical Therapist03/2000 to 08/2001Harper and AssociatesFrederick, Maryland
Provide individual therapy to children, adolescents and families in private practice setting. Specialization in high risk adolescent and children with trauma histories. Coordinate treatment with community agencies. Complete paperwork in a timely manner in accordance with COMAR guidelines and health insurance requirements.
Clinical Social Work Supervisor04/1999 to 03/2000Adventist Healthcare (Charter Potomac Ridge)Rockville, MarylandSupervise four social workers working in residential treatment facility. Provide individual, family and group therapy to adolescents diagnosed with serious mental illness. Completed documentation in accordance with JAHVO standards. Coordinated treatment and discharge with community agencies, juvenile justice system and special education system. Expert knowledge of Montgomery County special education services (EMT, IEP, ARD and LCC process). Facilitate recreation group for adolescents and psycho-education group for parents. Conduct needs assessment for adult and adolescents in crisis to determine appropriate level of care
Part-Time Clinical Social Worker01/1999 to 09/1999GUIDE Youth Services of GaithersburgMarylandProvide short term (10 weeks) individual and family therapy to children and teens. Conduct psychosocial assessment and collaborate with client and family to establish case plan with measurable goals
Pediatric Social Worker03/1998 to 04/1999The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, FXB CenterNewark, NJProvide clinical and case management services to children and families infected and affected with HIV. Provide short term crisis intervention, education and medication counseling to children and families. Collaboration with family, medical team and school system to facilitate placement in appropriate school setting. Support families with history of substance involvement and domestic violence issues. Conduct pre and post test HIV counseling with adolescents in Family Practice Clinic. Camp counselor at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Connecticut 5 day sleep away camp for children infected with HIV.
Care Coordinator03/1997 to 03/1998Children's Specialized Hospital Mountainside, NJInitiate supportive counseling and crisis intervention for patients and their families in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital. Provide case management, utilization review, and coordinate with health insurance companies to secure appropriate services for patients. Specialization with children and families with HIV.
Case Worker07/1995 to 03/1997CONCERN, Therapeutic Foster CareLandover, MDProvide case management for seriously emotional disturbed children in foster case setting. Develop Individual Service Plans with measurable goals to evaluate progress and ongoing needs. Maintain regular contact with foster and biological families. Collaborate with foster families to facilitate successful placement of foster children with significant needs. Act and the representative to the Carter Diversion Program in Prince George's County. Attend school meetings, advocate for appropriate educational setting.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology1993University of Maryland, College ParkCollege Park, Maryland, USA
MSW: Children and Family1995The Catholic University of America School of Social WorkWashington,, DC, USA
Certification in Child and Adolescent Therapy2000University of Maryland School of Social WorkBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy2017Laurel, Maryland, USA