My goal is to obtain employment that embraces versatility, job advancement, ethical standards, to promote growth as an effective helping professional. I eagerly embrace the challenges of my academic and personal experiences as I obtain a Masters Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling at Thomas University and subsequently taking all that I have learned onto further my educational journey as well as my duties to serve my community. I have served the substance abuse and mental health population since 2008 and am certified in the state of GA as an addiction Counselor level Two.
I am competent and proficient in clinically evaluating clients for SA and MH treatment.
Formulating and implementing treatment plans.
Collaborating with and referring clients to desirable resources that fits their individual needs.
I am also skilled and well experienced in counseling and educating clients, and their support systems on the disease of addiction.
Substance Abuse/ Mental Health Counselor09/2014 to 03/2015Aspire Behavioral HealthBlakely, GAAspire Behavioral Health is a BHDDS, where I provided individual counseling, formulate and implement comprehensive treatment planning, conduct family and group therapy, and case management for rural areas of SWGA. I served a population of people that were mandated to treatment court due to an offense or violation of their probation.
Substance Abuse/ Mental Health Counselor07/2012 to 05/2014Private Clinic of AlbanyAlbany, GAPrivate Clinic is a medication assistant treatment program where I provided individual counseling, formulate and implement comprehensive treatment planning, conduct family and group counseling, and case management in order to address the client as a whole therefore providing effective services. I maintained a caseload of 48 - 52 clients on a monthly basis.
Shelter Advocate03/2010 to 11/2015Liberty House of AlbanyAlbany, GAThe liberty house is a battered women's shelter where I provide crisis intervention and emergency assistance by making immediate assessment of needs and making referrals to other community resources; orients victims to the criminal justice system by explaining procedural status of criminal proceedings or cases; assists in providing court support to victims, maintains essential victim service information and maintains confidentiality unless by written approval of the victim.
Certified Substance Abuse/ Mental Health Counselor level Two01/2008 to 02/2012Albany Second Chance/New DirectionAlbany, GAAlbany Second Chance/ New Directions is a per/post prison release program where my duties included but not limited to formulate and implement comprehensive treatment plans, conduct individual, group and family counseling, facilitate substance abuse education classes, facilitate and ensure communication linkage and continuity of care, through case staffing, and consultation with collaborating agencies.
Associate of Science: Human Services TechnologyMay 2011Darton College Albany, GA, United States
Bachelor of Science: Social Work2014 Thomas UniversityThomasville, GA, United States
Master of Science: Rehabilitative CounselingThomas UniversityThomasville, GA, United States
Southern Organization of Human Services (SOHS)
National Association of Social Work (NASW)
Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA)
I coordinated the Recovery Celebration from 2010-2013 in honor of National Recovery Month.
Ive collaborated with other agencies in order to educate the community with resource fairs about the disease of addiction/mental illness as well as the agencies that I am employed by, which resulted in news coverage for the agencies serving the addicted population.
I am passionate about what I do. I am employed by the agency, but work for the population of the people in which I serve. I am competent and skilled as a counselor dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, and social factors leading to lack of optimal functioning. I am a change agent. My goal is to present the population of people that I serve, with the knowledge and education as well as the tools to move beyond there current status and into a more desirable status; therefore yielding the outcomes in which they seek. I am able to maintain professional boundaries, yet treat each client like the deserving human beings that they are. I believe in people, despite the situation. I am a hopeless optimist of the human race. Meeting each individual where they are in there situation is my goal and assisting them towards, their goals is my mission.
Individual and group counseling
I am a servant. I volunteer with Free Life SA Support group, The Albany Rescue Mission, The liberty House of Albany and The House of Mercy, all which are non profit agencies that serve the community with resources and education to help their individual needs.