Creative Arts Therapist with specialized experience coordinating comprehensive services to military veterans. Skilled at program development and community collaborations with an invested interest in establishing and providing support for military youth.
Development and implementation of innovative programs and services for veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. Managing the accomplishment of objectives within prescribed time frames and funding parameters. Community outreach and public relations. Building and retaining exceptional staff. Fostering a work environment where all reporting personnel know and perform their respective duties.
The Perimeter Grant and Per Diem Program - A drop-in day program for homeless veterans funded through the Veteran's Administration. Daily, in addition to basic necessities, over 100 homeless veterans were provided with access to greater financial and employment resources, improved benefits counseling and delivery, permanent and transitional housing opportunities, healthcare, and numerous supportive services.
Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. – Wrote and received grant to secure funding for financial assistance with rent, security deposit, furniture, and utilities for 50 recently re-housed veteran households. Duties include referrals, assessments, budgeting, financial management, and monthly reporting.
Orientation of new veterans to the facility. Explanation of services and directing the intake process. Completing biopsychosocial interviews and psychiatric assessments. Re-evaluating and updating on-going clients' records. Initiating and accepting referrals to/from outside agencies including The Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Project H.O.M.E. and The Philadelphia Housing Authority. Establishing and maintaining mental health, recovery, and educational programs. Facilitating individual and group counseling. Providing quarterly educational staff in-services focused on pertinent topics or new resources. Clinical supervision of students at the graduate, undergraduate, and associate's degree level and from various human service disciplines.
Conducted both individual and group therapy sessions for persons with chronic mental illness in a long-term structured residence. Assisted the program director with the development and management of treatment.
Developed and implemented a behavioral health and an art therapy program. Duties included individual and group therapy sessions, diagnostic evaluation, treatment planning, and clinical documentation. Specialized in assisting veterans locate, finance, manage, and maintain permanent housing via Philadelphia's Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, Shelter Plus Care, and the Supportive Housing Program.
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