SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER/ HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE OUNSELOR
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor #APC 004483 Nationally Certified Counselor Georgia Certified School Counselor Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills Able to work effectively with students, parent, and faculty of diverse cultural backgrounds Knowledge and experience in working with school age children and their families.
August 2014-CurrentSchool Social Worker/ High School Guidance ounselor | Georgia Cyber Academy | Atlanta, GA
Serves as the agency designated reporter of child abuse/neglect for the District; Assesses child abuse/neglect allegations by individuals that include, but are not limited to, parents, guardians, relatives, family friends, and District employees Conducts required training for mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect Provides casework assessment and services to students and their families Works with schools to implement attendance programs and support compliance of the compulsory attendance law; Prepares and files educational neglect and truancy petitions with Fulton County Juvenile Court once a student has accumulated excessive unexcused absences; Attends all court hearings on petitions filed Conducts home visits to assess the social environment, emotional, physical, and safety needs of a student and to verify residency as requested by schools Assists parents and students with referrals to community agencies and resources Maintains case records and related statistical data, demonstrating knowledge of various student information and software programs Submits accurate monthly reports electronically on School Social Work Services provided at each assigned school Solicits the aid of community agencies and resources to provide tangible needs to the individual student and his/her family Works with parents and children in a confidential and caring manner and assists the family, school, and community in any way required to bridge gaps between family and school Complies with the Code of Ethics for Educators adopted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Code of Ethics for Social Workers adopted by the National Association of Social Workers Participates in District-level and school-based professional learning activities for continued professional growth School counselor Provides academic, social, and emotional support for high school students; Counsels students on high school transition, course selection, social and emotional Issues, and college and career planning Develops a comprehensive plan based on assessed needs and identified goals and objectives.
Develops an individual plan of action based on the school guidance plan.
Conducts individual counseling with students.
Conducts group counseling with students in identified areas of need.
Conducts guidance activities as identified by the school guidance plan.
Assists with preparation for standardized group testing or in the identification of resources for test preparation.
Gathers evaluative data to determine effectiveness of plans and makes revisions where necessary.
Communicates over-all guidance and counseling plan to stakeholders.
Coordinates the delivery of career/life development information to students and parents.
Provides interpretation of student standardized group test scores to students, parents, or teachers as needed.
Provides consultation services to District staff, parents, and community about student concerns as needed.
March 2013-August 2014Program Director | ProActive Management Consulting PMC | Atlanta, GA
Implements and oversees all Georgia Department of Family and Children Services(DFCS) Support Services (Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment (CCFA's), WRAP Around, Homestead, Parent Aide, Prevention of Unnecessary Placement (PUP), Early Intervention) and transitional youth behavioral health services.
Provides administrative and programmatic supervision to fifteen (15) staff members and functions as a member of agency management team.
Managing the activities of the assigned service contracts; provides advice on contractual requirements responds to inquiries, e.g., purchases of services, administrative and financial policies and procedures Conduct monthly trainings on Mandated Reporting for all social service providers Consults with and trains social service staff; verifies that service delivery process is in compliance with legal guidelines, contract principles, PMC policies and procedures and DFCS agreement; promotes the improvement of the quality of their service delivery.
Provide counseling and therapeutic services for individuals and families to enable them to meet their goals and to increase their quality of life related to their emotional, educational, medical, social and physical needs.
Acting as PMC's liaison to coordinate communication between PMC and social services staff and the integration of contracted services and programs Providing advanced knowledge of contract administration trends and the regulatory development and the laws that govern child welfare federal and state contract administration.
August 2012-May 2013School Counselor Intern | Miller Grove High School | Lithonia, GA
Develop and provide a comprehensive counseling program that integrates individual sessions, group sessions, and classroom guidance lessons across 9-12 grade levels.
Extensive counseling of high school students to help them establish goals, identify options, and determine plans of action in reference to their post-secondary future Led and co-led girls/boys groups weekly.
Topics included social skills, academic issues, behavioral issues, and bullying Individual student planning and counseling for social and emotional issues Responsive counseling for urgent mental health situations Created and implemented programs for high school students in areas such as academic achievement, personal development, and social decision Collaborated with teachers and parents to discuss effective interventions for students to promote personal and academic development.
Assisted students with the college admissions process, financial aid process and SAT/ACT preparation Participated in IEP meetings Knowledge and experience in ASCA National Model.
August 2011-May 2012Graduation Coach | Tech High School | Atlanta, GA
Served as a support for students in the school setting.
Assisted students in meeting the requirements for high school graduation.
Monitored school attendance.
Tracked and monitored the academic progress of each student in the program.
Developed relationships with teachers to obtain homework assignments and student progress reports.
Provided homework assistance and identifies tutors in special subject areas.
Assisted students in preparing for the high school graduation test.
Developed individual career plans for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
Served as a resource and assisted students by providing information on career assessments, scholarship opportunities, vocational training programs etc.
Identified internship opportunities for high school students.
Assisted students in submitting college and vocational school applications.
Scheduled college and university tours throughout the school year.
Provided support and served as a resource for students after graduating high school.
October 2010-March 2013Social Services Case Manager | Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services | College Park, GA
Received, investigated and provided follow-up services for cases alleging child abuse, neglect, or exploitation Provided services to children placed in Foster Care and their families to ensure protection and stabilization for the children and to assist the families in developing and completing a successful plan for reunification.
Offered crisis intervention and case management services to the child, the family and the foster parents Prepared all necessary reports as required by DHS and the legal system according to prescribed guidelines.
Assisted in crisis intervention and assists families in understanding the implications and complexities of domestic violence.
Developed, implemented, documented and reviewed behavioral goals, methodology of service delivery and objectives Ensure emotional, social, developmental, educational, vocational, financial, medical, psychiatric , legal educational needs of all clients are meet and maintained on an individual bases.
May 2007-October 2010Academic Mentor | Student Athletic Support Services | Auburn, AL
Provided academic support services to academically under-prepared college athletes Assisted and supported students in their transition into educational programs Knowledge of NCAA eligibility rules Monitored and advised students regarding academic progress in courses, short/long-term goals, study skills and time management.
Informed academic advising staff regarding individual student registration issues Coordinated use of academic support resources offered by other campus units Monitored and prepared, maintained and distributed records relative to student academic progress Conducting group and individual counseling Provided administrative support to academic advising efforts within unit.
May 2013Certification of Education in School Counseling: Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
May 2009Master of Education: Community Counseling AgencyAuburn University, Auburn, ALCommunity Counseling Agency
May 2007Bachelor of Arts: Social WorkTuskegee University, Tuskegee, ALSocial Work
Obijiofor, N., Stafford, E., Burgess, J., Smith, J., & Meachum, L. (2008, November). Children and poverty: implications for counseling professionals. Presented at the 42nd Annual Alabama Counseling Association Conference, Huntsville, AL.
Obijiofor, N., Stafford, E., Burgess, J., Smith, J., & Meachum, L. (2008, October). Developing an awareness of poverty through multicultural training and advocacy. Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
Stafford, E., Burgess, J., Meachum, L., Smith, J., Obijiofor, N. (2008, March). How poverty affects children in the educational setting: implications for counselors and counselor educators. Presented at the Iota Delta Sigma 2nd Annual Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Columbia, SC.