Highly experienced Social Worker with a demonstrated track record of successfully working with diverse client populations. Understands the many levels of social and emotional needs of clients by developing strong relationships with them gaining their trust resulting in positive out comes. Team-oriented with a extensive history of establishing solid relationships with co-workers, administration and local agencies.
Developed and facilitated social skills groups for students on the autism spectrum. Created and implemented support group for students with Attention deficit Disorder. Instrumental in in reducing student restraints over a 30 to one in entire 2006-7 school year in a behavior program for behavior program. Instrumental in program development for the Second Chance Program at the Youth Diagnostic Center. Supervised protective service social workers for two years . Promoted as Senior Social due to experience and knowledge. Currently licensed as a Master in Social Work and has completed the hours for an Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Attended IEP meetings for special education students, wrote comprehensive goals and objectives in their behalf. Taught students anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills and functional living skills. Provided individual, family and group therapy. Wrote functional assessments, social work screens and developed behavior intervention plans.
Investigated cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly, adult disabled population in the community and licensed facilities/institutions. Efficiently gathered information from families and social services agencies for development of treatment plans. Wrote recommendations for guardian ship and attended court appearances on clients behalf. Coordinated with State Agency for Aging, Licensing and certification, Ombudsmen on all licensed facilities as lead investigator.
Worked with abused and neglected children and adolescents removed from homes in need of alternative placements. Developed comprehensive treatment plans that focused on accurate diagnosis and treatment for the emotional needs of the children and adolescents served. Crisis Intervention was constantly required for the youth and families.
Managed caseloads of people with diagnosis of mental illness/monolingual developmentally disabled. Acted as advocate for clients mental health rights according the the Mental Health Act of 1986, Advocated for monolingual families with developmentally disabled family members trying to access services in schools and the community.
Conducted preliminary inquirers on juveniles charged violations of the law. Worked closely with the youth/ families, provided counseling, crisis intervention and support. Wrote court reports, attended court hearings made recommendations on the youth best interest at the proceeding.
Investigated cases of abuse and neglect of children/adolescents. Directed all protective placement, case management, parent education and family reunification activities. Maintained thorough case history records, and wrote detailed social/psycho summaries for court proceeding.
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