Thirteen years experience in the nonprofit sector and graduating with a Master's of Arts Degree, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, in July 2016.
Print Shop, Acrobat, Windows Operating Systems, multiple databases, internet, and email, MS Office Suite expert
Exceptional problem solver, charismatic public speaker, compassionate, sound judgment, passionate, empathetic, driven, organized, conscientious, team player but able to work well individually
Case planning, DSM-V knowledge, group behavior and dynamics, child abuse prevention, BLS certified, mental health status exams, intake, assessments, outreach programming specialist, sexual orientation issues, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training, natural leader, 12 steps programs, Child Protective Services (CPS) knowledge, family therapy, conflict resolution training, clinical documentation, suicide risk assessments, parenting skills educator, community resources specialist
AFL-CIO Union Counselor Vice Chair for Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition - 2014 Chesapeake Coalition for the Homeless Chair - 2012-2014 Co-Chair Regional Homeless Singles Committee - 2012-2013 (Successfully created and implemented a regional housing central intake for single homeless individuals in the South Hampton Roads) Certified First Aid/CPR Instructor.
10/2015 to Current
Therapy InternMarie Carter and Associates - Mount Pleasant, SC
Conduct initial intake and assessments with each client assigned.
Assess and write treatment plans and weekly progress notes for assigned clients.
Pursue ongoing education and training opportunities to further develop professional skills.
Diagnose clients using DSM-V criteria.
Conduct individual counseling sessions to address physical, mental, social and emotional problems.
Conduct counseling with families, children, and couples.
Act as a role model for clients by exhibiting positive behaviors.
Participate in weekly supervision with Marie Carter and Webster professor.
Collaborate with peers.
05/2015 to 10/2015
Therapy InternMy Sister\'s House - North Charleston, SC
Conducted domestic violence assessments with victims entering into shelter.
Conducted therapeutic sessions with victims during their shelter stay.
Documented all therapeutic and group sessions in client folders and staff notes.
Developed treatment plans for assigned clients.
Participated in and conducted various psycho-educational counseling groups.
Met with three supervisors about sessions, clients, clinic, progress and experience.
05/2009 to 07/2014
Program Director, HOPE VillageThe Salvation Army, Hampton Roads Area Command - Norfolk, VA
Planned, directed, coordinated, and monitored the day-to-day operations of H.O.P.E. Village transitional housing program and facility.
Developed, implemented, and evaluated program operations and services.
Supervised all program staff and ensured work was in compliance with established policies and procedures as well as local, state, and federal regulations.
Researched and prepared grant proposals and secured program funding.
Prepared and monitored program expenditures in compliance with program budget.
Conducted "counseling" sessions with program clients.
Maintained all statistical data for TSA and funders.
Prepared weekly briefs for commanding officers
Conducted all public speaking and presenting of H.O.P.E. Village programs to the community.
Conducted workshops related to life skills.
Conducted trainings with TSA staff related to empathy, crisis intervention/de-escalation, counseling, small group interactions, etc.
Researched and scheduled training opportunities for the staff.
Researched and developed partnerships for H.O.P.E. Village.
Organized, administered, and developed adult education programs.
Implemented the policies and objectives of the Board of Directors.
Supervised and evaluated staff of six.
Acted as primary spokesperson of Peninsula READS to the public.
Developed and managed the fundraising and marketing efforts.
All grant research, writing, implementation, and evaluation.
Created and managed the organization's budget and fund development resources.
Served as the liaison between Peninsula READS and the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.
Created all materials used for publicity and marketing.
Created and distributed bimonthly newsletters.
Collaborated with website designer and host.
Managed and maintained the databases as necessary.
Created and modifiedthe agency\'s policies and procedures as necessary.
Served as the liaison between the agency and other community organizations.
Master of Arts: Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family TherapyWebster University - North Charleston, SC, USA
Graduation Date: July 2016
Education, Mental Health CounselingOld Dominion University - Norfolk, VA, USA
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Spanish (minor)Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA, USA
Speak (passable), read, and write Spanish.
Individual counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, grief counseling, counseling with children, excellent customer service, grant writing, grant proposals, program development, implementation, and evaluation, budget management, program management, and community engagement.