ART THERAPIST INTERN / MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST INTERN
Trained in, teach and reinforce Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as models of treatment to assist in anger management and stress reduction
*Formally trained in and demonstrate knowledge of Professional Assault Response Training (PART) principles and use PART concepts to manage aggressive and assaultive client behavior
*Formally trained in the most recent changes made to the DSM
*First Aid and CPR certified
Art Therapist Intern / Marriage and Family Therapist InternMay 2014 to Current Cordilleras Mental Health Center － Redwood City, CA
Treat clients with severe mental illness and long term institutional backgrounds in a Subacute, inpatient facility Coordinate and provide progressive rehabilitation therapy and recovery based treatment services through psychotherapy, art therapy, mindfulness teachings, group activities and emotional support Provide, implement and reinforce problem-solving and coping techniques for clients specific to the disabilities associated with their mental illness diagnoses and/or co-occurring disorders Promote and assist clients in developing self-help skills to achieve an improved level of functioning, independence, and self-reliance in community based environments Foster, teach, and develop environmental and community supports necessary for each individual to reach and maintain their optimum level of functioning in the least restrictive environment Coordinate all rehabilitation activities using Psychiatric Rehabilitation concepts and Recovery Philosophy that address the symptoms of clients' mental disorders, the loss of personal care and social skills, and the handicaps that can develop if the symptoms persist Restore, improve, and teach social, interpersonal and independent living skills which may have never been learned or decompensated due to periods of illness or hospitalization Assist clients in their development and implantation of recovery goals that focus on symptom management, skill development and independent functioning in normal social and vocational roles Develop, implement, review and update interdisciplinary Individual Treatment Plans for assigned clients on a monthly basis beginning on initial assessment, reviewed monthly and updated quarterly Develop schedules, i.e.
Individual Daily Planners, of therapeutic activities with and for individual clients Coordinate and supervise clients on outings in the community to increase socialization and develop independent living skills Provide assistance to Rehabilitation Activity Leaders, interns and volunteers as directed Observe, record and report social, ADL and psychiatric behavior of clients in weekly charting and monthly overviews of progress in recovery Attend monthly offsite Spiritual Initiative meetings to further support Whole Person Care treatment Developed, coordinated and lead weekly Spiritual Support group therapy sessions Assist clients in obtaining access to outside support systems (i.e spiritual support, vocational training, community skill building groups, and formal Client Advocacy groups) to help treat individuals in a holistic approach Evaluate client's need for and skills in the areas of coping with symptoms, medication compliance, substance abuse/chemical dependency and provide treatment accordingly Assist clients in developing coping skills and techniques to assist them with emotional regulation Reintroduce and reintegrate clients into the community at whatever level is possible and provide them with the opportunity for discharge to a less restrictive setting Thoroughly assess functional abilities including but not limit to: basic personal care, grooming, basic independent living skills, social and leisure skills, and communication skills Provide direct consultation and education to family members, caretakers, and significant others of those who will be living independently and to the staff of the facility Actively participate in scheduled inter- and intra-departmental staff meetings to represent an assessment of client's functional performance in regards to their cognitive, physical, life management, and social skills along with their recovery process Actively participate in coordinating and evaluating program functions, identifying problems in clients' recovery and developing solutions for clients' recovery Attend and actively participate in weekly Rehabilitation Department Meetings Coordinate and lead therapy sessions combining didactic, experiential and group processing components Individually and collaboratively develop and implement structured activities to provide social stimulation and entertainment.
Analyst 1 / Activities Coordinator
Art Therapist Intern / Marriage and Family Therapist InternOct 2013 to May 2014 UCSF Medical Center － San Francisco, CA
Worked with a diverse population in regards to ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and gender, and a broad range of sensory, cognitive, and physical diagnoses.
Worked with, but not limited to, patients with clinical issues including developmental disabilities, psychiatric illness, substance abuse problems, homelessness, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, grief, loss, bereavement, pain management, dementia, delirium, psychosocial issues, palliative care, personality disorders, and mood disorders.
Worked in an inpatient Acute medical unit Developed Intake Evaluation format and procedure Created Activities Therapy Service Log documentation format and procedure Understood cultural specific values and reached patients from different social backgrounds and ethnic groups Acted in accordance with CA-MFT Ethical Standards and state laws relating to the delivery of mental health services Complied with regional, local, and hospital policies and procedures in regards to patient confidentiality, records, and information Provided individual, group, couple, family, and milieu therapy with care and compassion Attended and actively participate in monthly MFT/Art Therapy supervision Provided psychoeducation to patients and staff Competent in administering psychological testing and diagnosing patients according to the DSM IV Client centered advocacy Provided Wellness and psychological education Collaborated with Volunteer Services, art based recovery services, and Spiritual Support leaders to provide psychological, spiritual and emotional support for patients Evaluated patients' mental, emotional, social and physical capabilities to determine the patients' needs in the Activities Department Used psychotherapeutic techniques including, but not limited to, Motivational Interviewing to aid patients in their recovery and help them meet their personal goals Responsible for developing, organizing and administering activities to provide therapeutic treatment for patients Managed clinical documentation and progress notes evaluating and documenting treatment given and patients' progress Worked collaboratively with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, case managers, physicians, and nursing staff in a milieu setting using an interdisciplinary team approach Recruited, trained, and lead volunteers Supported staff in self-care and team building Eased patients' transition both into and discharge from the Acute medical unit.
Art Therapist Intern / Marriage and Family TherapistSep 2011 to Aug 2013 California Pacific Medical Center － San Francisco, CA
Worked in a medical inpatient Post-acute unit and Skilled Nursing Facility with a diverse population in regards to ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and gender, and a broad range of sensory, cognitive, and physical diagnoses Worked with, but not limited to, patients with clinical issues including developmental disabilities, psychiatric illness, substance abuse problems, homelessness, bipolar disorder, anxiety, adjustment issues, grief, loss, bereavement, pain management, dementia, delirium, psychosocial issues, palliative care, personality disorders, and mood disorders Understood cultural specific values and reach patients from different social backgrounds and ethnic groups Program development Client centered advocacy Provided wellness and psychological education to patients, those associated with them and staff Presented case conferences displaying formal psychological assessment and treatment course Competent in providing intake assessment to determine psychological and activity needs of patients Evaluated patients' mental, emotional, social and physical capabilities to determine the patients' needs in Activities Therapy Developed and implement treatment plans using an integrative therapy model that includes intermediate and long-term goals and objectives for patients Provided individual, group, couple, family, and milieu psychotherapy with care and compassion Developed, organized and administered activities to provide therapeutic treatment for patients Acted in accordance with CA-MFT Ethical Standards and state laws relating to the delivery of mental health services Administered psychological evaluations and testing including, but not limited to, the Mental Status Exam Managed clinical paperwork and progress notes evaluating and documenting treatment given and patients' progress Assisted case managers with discharge planning and psychosocial issues Worked collaboratively with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, physicians, and nursing staff in a milieu setting using an interdisciplinary team approach Complied with CA-MFT Ethical Standards and state laws pertaining to the delivery of mental health services Participated in weekly individual supervision and group supervision lead by licensed marriage and family therapists for feedback and collaborative treatment planning Participated in weekly training sessions and staff meetings.
Mentored beginning interns in the Activities Therapy department Trained and lead volunteers Supported staff in self-care and team building Facilitated biweekly Spiritual Support Groups along with weekly Animal Assisted Therapy and Entertainment (Medical Clowns, Bread and Roses) Supervised patients on visits outside the unit Eased patients' transition both into and discharge from the Post-acute unit.
Education and Training
Masters of Arts, Marriage and Family TherapyNotre Dame de Namur UniversityMarriage and Family Therapy
Masters of Arts, Art Therapy2012Art Therapy
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology2007San Francisco State UniversityPsychology
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