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Solutions-focused team leader with multiple social work credentials eager to offer dynamic mental health assessment, counseling, treatment, and client relations experience toward maximizing the agency s success.
Integral leader who offers proven skills in the coordination and delivery of solutions-driven programs and services in alignment with facility and / or individual needs, along with ensuring responsible practices based on strict standards.
Excellent communicator who establishes nurturing relationships with individuals of various cultural and economic backgrounds while seamlessly interfacing with all levels of social work leaders and staff, clients, families, and the public.
Nominated for agency s January and March 2013 All Star Award, and attained 2 top-performance commendations.
Crisis Evaluator Emergency Department (2013 2014 2017 Present)
Deliver patient care consistent with established guidelines, care maps, organizational policies and procedures, and regulatory standards of care, including developing plans of care based on observations and patient-specific needs.
Capitalize on the opportunity to assess and interpret data about patient status to identify patient needs and provide key care, including using information to individualize care outcomes to provide direction for the community of care.
Collaborate with interdisciplinary and interagency teams to provide superior patient care while demonstrating advanced knowledge of crisis intervention techniques in coordinating efforts of the ED and the MHU treatment teams to assess, plan, and implement care for the psychiatric patient while making decision in emergency situations.
Maximize use of clinical resources to meet patient goals by planning and prioritizing assignments, including maintaining accurate documentation of patient status, nursing interventions, and response to treatment / progress.
Proactively participate in quality improvement initiatives while consistently developing policies and procedures using evidence-based practices to improve patient care and assist with data collection / monitoring.
Lead Social Worker Mental Health Inpatient Unit (2014 2016)
Spearheaded coordination of social work and recreation therapy functions for a Mental Health Inpatient Unit, including recruiting, hiring, and managing a solutions-centric team of social work and mental health therapy assistants and social workers, as well as promoting open communications and targeted training / mentoring to meet objectives.
Developed a core DBT curriculum and ensured effective delivery and monitoring of key patient-focused programs.
Ensured comprehensive social work support and therapeutic activities to optimize outcome for patients and families in alignment with treatment goals and in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Built multidisciplinary treatment plans and recreation therapy programs, including providing consultative services to providers to maximize quality, identify new programs, and deliver recommendations for improvement.
Mental Health Counselor III Human Services Coordinator I (Team Leader)
Led individual and group treatment for adults diagnosed with a variety of mental health issues (e.g. evidenced-based practice such as DBT and TF-CBT) upon rapid promotion from MHC II (2012) to MHC III (2013) role, including engaging family members in client s plan for recovery, as well as working with teams for effective care coordination.
Performed assessments and supported clients in identifying treatment goals, reviewing progress, and reassessing needs.
Collected, organized, and recorded treatment data and ensure compliance with applicable quality assurance, corporate compliance, and cultural compliance policies, procedures, and regulations, as well as federal and state laws / regulations.
Built and sustained beneficial liaisons with community providers (e.g. schools, DSS, Voc Rehab, DJJ, RCFs).
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Strategically steered social work within an outpatient clinic setting, including completing intakes and admission screenings, performing psychosocial assessments, and determining all treatment based on agency mission and criteria.
Expertly presented case formulations to a multi-disciplinary team of social workers, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists, along with implementing treatment recommendations while developing client-centered treatment plans.
Applied knowledge of psychotherapeutic tools to guide individual and group treatment, including CBT and DBT evidenced-based treatments, as well as delivering comprehensive client and family education, support, and advocacy.
Exhibited solid communication talents toward assisting clients in improving coping and problem-solving skills, as well as performing risk assessments, providing crisis intervention, facilitating referrals, and providing discharge / aftercare plans.
Specialized Foster Care Social Worker
Played a vital role in building and sustaining beneficial therapeutic relationships and providing individual therapy for parents and children within a foster care environment, including conducting home visits in birth parent and foster homes, providing supervision and supportive therapy to foster parents, and supervising multi-site parent visitations.
Evaluated parental competencies and delivered critical recommendations regarding re-unification, along with efficiently completing all reports and documentation (e.g. family assessments, family court reports, progress notes).
Master of Social Work (Clinical Track) State University of New York At Albany
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Hudson Valley Community College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of New York, License #075055-1)
Licensed Independent Social Worker Clinical Practice (State of South Carolina, License #9855)
CPR / First Aid Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavior Consultation
Annual Agency Cultural Diversity Training Disaster Mental Health Critical Response Harm Reduction Training
Stemming the Tide of Violence Domestic Violence Training for Child Welfare Workers Field Instructor Training
Trauma and the Human Brain - Child Abuse / Violence Risking Connections Trauma Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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