To obtain a position with the ability to give back to the community and help others in the process.
Doctor of Philosophy Counseling, Liberty University (2015)
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Health Coach Certification (7/2013)
Master of Science in Counseling, Community Agency Concentration, Virginia State Univ. (12/95)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Virginia State University (7/93)
Allied Health Sciences, Medical Technician Certification, Community College of the Air Force (1991)
• KePro Submission with 98% approval rate with qualified mental health clients.
• Volunteered as PEER Counselor and Family Violence Project Awareness Counselor
• Integral part of multidisciplinary team
• Developed and presented staff development workshops.
• Adjunct Instructor while in Master of Science program.
• Planned, marketed and coordinated several major public events with attendance of over 500 members.
• Planned, Coordinated and Participated in Several Community Service Projects.
• Successfully Defended Masters Thesis on Observations, First Impressions, Preconceived Notions and Judgments of Others
• Actively pursued Masters of Education Degree while excelling in full time position.
Clinician/Site Supervisor (10/10 – present) Brothers’ Keeper, Inc. – Full Time
Supervised staff up to 10 case managers between four sites. Responsible for all supervisory paperwork to include, but not limited to evaluations, disciplinary documentation. KePro Submission with 99% approval rate with qualified clients. Utilize DSM IV-TR for client diagnosis. Prepares initial assessments for services, written diagnostic assessments, assessing clients from multiple perspectives, including family functioning, psychological/emotional, social, academic, medical, behavioral, substance abuse, skills, strengths, barriers to economic self-sufficiency, treatment history, and others, and utilizing various assessment instruments. Development and implementation of Treatment Plan/Individual Service Plan. Facilitates weekly treatment team meetings with staff. Provides direct clinical services to clients, including individual, family, couple, and group therapy, and issue-specific or educational groups (parenting skills, anger management, substance abuse interventions). Responds to crisis situations with twenty-four hour a day availability. Documents case activities for both clinical and billing purposes. Carrying a Case load with use of therapeutic interventions, therapy sessions, family, crisis management, development of agenda for brief therapy, use of various clinical therapies to meet client needs, family needs, with the goal of stabilizing behaviors and strengthening the family. Direct collaboration and liaison between social services, school administration, LMHP and other established members of multidisciplinary team clients may be part of. Supervision of staff at ten or more site facilities within assigned counties.
Assessment Specialist (12/08 – 6/12) ATIBA Youth Intervention Services – part time
Utilize DSM IV-TR for client diagnosis. KePro Submission with 99% approval rate with qualified clients. Prepares treatment plans, initial assessments for services, written diagnostic assessments, assessing clients from multiple perspectives, including family functioning, psychological/emotional, social, academic, medical, behavioral, substance abuse, skills, strengths, barriers to economic self-sufficiency, treatment history, and others, and utilizing various assessment instruments. Facilitates wraparound team meetings to enlist existing supports in determining and meeting service objectives and to identify additional resources and supports. Prepares written service plan, incorporating input from clients, involved service providers, and wraparound team members, and clearly identifying problem areas and needs, strategies, and service objectives. Provides direct clinical services to clients, including individual, family, couple, and group therapy, and issue-specific or educational groups (parenting skills, anger management, substance abuse interventions). Responds to crisis situations with twenty-four hour a day availability. Documents case activities for both clinical and billing purposes. Prepares progress reports as required by referral source or service purchaser. Participated in Child Specific Team, Family Assessment and Planning Team, and other interdisciplinary, diagnostic, or planning meetings.
Counselor (01/07 – current) Total Mind Wellness
Health, nutrition education, depression and eating disorders. Medical and counseling background in the hospital and clinical settings includes experience with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, mental health, hypertension and other illnesses relating to behavior patterns. Assist clients with weight loss, weight management, fitness program, set and attain health goals, positive self image and wellness lifestyle. Development and implementation of Individual Service Plans and behavior modification plans with use of DSMIV. Counseling and sharing information regarding health, fitness and nutrition, work with individuals, corporations and sport teams. Provide encouragement and motivation for change to clients. Provide case management services and crisis intervention and prevention. Community referral and escalation as needed per client. Provide therapy, mental health services and case management to families in a home-based setting. Conduct assessments, identifying specific stressors and risk issues. Develop and implement treatment plans. Build professional relationships with contract employees. Conduct group informational seminars on health and nutrition. Administrative tasks to include but not limited to weekly reports, narratives, documentation, billing, filing, client follow up, appointment setting, generating business documents. This position is responsible for achieving results through leading, directing, coaching, training and developing clients. Write Articles to educate clients and public on current health, wellness, nutrition and fitness issues and trends and assist with publication of newsletter.
Sales Manager (11/04 – 1/02) Scenic Homes/Ascot
Training of Agents. Resolution of Issues and Problems as related to Community Sales Agents and customers. Motivational sales training and distribution of materials to new hires, construct training manuals. Provide current market data via Comparative Market Analysis, reports and marketing. Research area markets, acquisitions, as needed for potential market area. Efficiency reports for current budget, product pricing and branding. Sales and Consumer Counseling. Served as advisor in interactive and web- based communication and marketing. Conduct site selection search and make recommendations or decision on final location. Negotiate rates and contract terms with the chosen venue, using professional knowledge and skills to obtain cost savings for the organization. Reviewed contracts to ensure terms and conditions are acceptable and meet organization guidelines.
Case Manager, Admissions Counselor (1992-1996, 1999) Poplar Spring Hospital
Crisis intervention, one on one counseling sessions, case management, conducted group therapy sessions as well as family counseling support. Use of multi-axial assessment. Knowledge of child welfare/protective service system. Completed Functional Behavior Assessments. Determined service needs. Developed and Implemented Service Plans and Behavior Intervention Plans. Background and experience with mental health services and substance abuse. Recommended and implemented additional services such as Support Groups, Emergency Funds, and Community Awareness Projects. Identified and resolved client residential issues. Utilized counseling theories and skills to effectively integrate clients back into society to function productively as contributors to society. Manned crisis hot lines and assessed need for hospitalization. Delivered safety planning, independence planning for residential youth preparing for discharge (assessed housing, employment, financial needs) and made referrals to service providers. Held responsibilities included coordination of social, cultural and educational programs. Served as Multidisciplinary team member. Assisted with Family Violence Project Awareness. Administered work schedules, staff meetings and staff evaluations.
Medical Technician (1986-1998) United States Air Force
Veteran. Active Duty 4 years, Reserves 8 years. Worked as medical technician in labor and delivery, term nursery, OB/GYN clinic, maternity ward and NICU. Provided all aspects of patient care and administrative tasks as assigned and responsible for staffing units. CPR adult and children.
• Qualified Mental Health Professional
• Submission of several articles to various online magazines and newsletters on various topics to include mental health, health, wellness, nutrition, religion, sports, food, travel and shopping.
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• Behavior Management Certification (Handle with Care, previous TOVA and Crisis Management)
• Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certification
• LGBT Training through ROSMY
• Administrative support
• Development & Implementation of Service Plans, Behavior Modification Plans, Care Plans, Treatment Plans
• Individual, Family and group Counseling
• Conflict Resolution and responding to crisis or emergency situations
• Contract presentation and negotiation
• Computer research, investigation, information gathering
• Event and project planning
• Preparing written communications, reports and articles
• Maintaining emotional control under stress
• Technical: Typing 55 wpm, Microsoft Office Professional, SEO, Internet exploration and other software.