Mental Health Professional skilled in leading situation-specific counseling sessions. Experience in working with adults in crisis situations.
Expertise in crisis intervention techniques
Skilled in intake interviewing
Adept at treatment and discharge planning
Case management proficiency
Learning disability awareness
Adept at conflict resolution
Adult First Aid
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, 08/2014 to Current Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. – Chicago, IL
Manage and coordinate overall development and implementation of client-based habitation programming including individual service and behavior plans for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Coordinate services from all internal and external providers including speech pathologist, psychiatry, occupational therapist, physical therapist, dental, and dietary, in order to meet the need of the individual and ensure quality of care.
Formulate the annual comprehensive functional assessment for each client. Completes risk assessments, adaptive behavior assessment, and personal preference inventory assessment to complete the individual service plan.
Complete monthly analysis of each individuals status, needs, progress, and trends. Coordinate input from all service meetings into an individual program plan. Ensure documentation meets Medicaid and licensure standards and requirements.
Participate in planning meetings, community outreach activities; attends workshops and conferences. Attends in-services and conducts trainings; services on committees, acts for other QIDP's as needed.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Coordinator, 07/2012 to 08/2014 Lakeshore Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre – Chicago, IL
Demonstrate knowledge in working with ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of the patient and family in making health care decisions based on personal goals of care.
Ensure patient's end-of-life wishes are documented and known by assisting with advanced directives, DNR orders, and POLST forms.
Assist with insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid paperwork. Contact local agencies and community resources to help patient and family including home health care agencies, Meals-on-Wheels, and Life Alert.
Identify emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their loved ones and locate appropriate support as needed. Assist with bridging family gaps to bring loved ones together whenever possible.
Assist survivors with necessary arrangements and paperwork after death occurs. Provide support to survivors in obtaining appropriate grief counseling.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service Coordinator, 07/2009 to 07/2012 Central Plaza Residential Home – Chicago, IL
Provided comprehensive case management services, including creating treatment plans and connecting clients and families to appropriate resources.
Guided clients in effective therapeutic exercises integrated from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Developed goal-oriented psychoeducational and activity therapy groups to improve clients' level of functioning.
Kept abreast of new and developing information in the mental health field by regularly attending professional conferences and workshops.
Recorded client information on special flow sheets, accurately indicating suicidal precautions, sleep flow and restraints.
Supportive Employment Case Manager, 08/2004 to 07/2009 Thresholds – Chicago, IL
Create individualized supportive employment service plans with the individual and treatment team providers.
Assist in job search and job development activities directed towards positions that are consistent with the needs and interest of the individual, adhering to the principles and procedures of supportive employment.
Discuss and encourage the realization of work as central to the recovery process when talking with the individual, staff, employees, and funders.
Assure all records are organized in a systematic manner. Follow all appropriate safe guards with regard to the confidential files of the individual. Adhere to policies and procedures pertaining to all records including restricting access to all records per agency policy.
Provide outreach services as necessary to individuals when they appear to disengage from the service. Maintain contact with consumers to sustain engagement.
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, 2004 Chicago State University - Chicago, IL