Deborah Corey

Freelance Article Writer & Biography Writer

Location:San Diego, California, United States
2 Skills
Deborah Corey, LMFT
Summary of Qualifications:
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience in mental health program management, clinical supervision, and providing individual, group, family, and career counseling. My greatest passions are supervising and mentoring interns, developing and expanding innovative mental health services, and inspiring people with disabilities to return to the workforce. Populations I’ve worked with include adults with severe mental illness, adults with physical, learning and developmental disabilities, couples, and parents of children with special needs. My therapeutic specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential/Humanistic Therapy, Brief/Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Outside of the mental health field, I’ve worked as a family mediator, college instructor, diversity trainer, educational consultant, and research/program evaluation consultant. As a research consultant I have designed qualitative surveys for interviews and focus groups, conducted the research, and written in depth research reports.

Education, Licensure, and Certifications:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since August 2010.
Clinical Supervision Training completed August 2012
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia, completed in April 1998
Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, California State University Fullerton, completed in June 1993
California State Certified Mediator with over 250 hours of mediation training completed in June 2000

Work Experience:

Exodus Recovery Center, Vista, CA
Marriage Family Therapist/Clinical Case Manager (9/12-present)
Conduct psychosocial assessments and provide crisis intervention, psychoeducation, counseling and community service linkage to adults needing urgent mental health services. Provide clinical supervision to social work interns. Provide individual and family counseling to adults diagnosed with a mental illness and their family members.

County of Santa Barbara Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team Leader/Clinical Program Manager (6/09-9/12)
Directed the day-to-day operations of a community based mental health team-serving adults with a severe mental illness. Supervised 20 employees, which included clinicians, nurses, psychiatric technicians, substance abuse specialists, peer support assistants, vocational rehabilitation specialists, case managers, and support staff. Directed staff recruitment, orientation, and training. Conducted performance evaluations and performance improvement plans. Coordinated 24/7-crisis intervention coverage. Provided clinical supervision and direct clinical services.

Superior Court of California-Ventura
Family Court Mediator/Investigator (6/08-4/09)
Conducted child custody mediation sessions with separated parents and their children to develop parenting plans that are in the best interest of the children and reduce acrimony between the parties. Conducted custody, guardianship, and conservatorship investigations and provided recommendations to the court. Testified in court as needed.

College Hospital – Partial Hospitalization Program, Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Cerritos, CA
Marriage and Family Therapist/Clinical Case Manager (7/04 – 7/07)
Provided group, individual, and family therapy to adults with a mental illness and their families. Collaborated with interdisciplinary treatment team to develop client centered treatment plans and provide recovery oriented clinical case management. Provided career counseling and coordinated vocational rehabilitation services.
Fulfillment Fund, Century City, CA
Teen Access Program Coordinator (11/03 – 7/04)
Coordinated, monitored, and expanded the Teen Access Program, a mentoring program for junior and senior high school students with disabilities. Supervised a case manager and an administrative assistant. Recruited mentors, matched mentors with students, and facilitated the mentoring relationship. Educated students, parents, and mentors on disability rights legislation. Collaborated with high school counselors, disability rights agencies, and independent living centers to organize workshops to help teenagers with disabilities prepare for college.

Private Consulting Practice (1/97 – 11/03)
Provided educational consultation, advocacy, social skills training, conflict resolution, and counseling for students with disabilities. Developed and implemented training seminars on cultural diversity, prejudice/stigma reduction, conflict resolution, disability etiquette, assertive communication, and disability rights. Conducted needs assessments and program evaluations for non-profit organizations using qualitative research methods.

Community Research Foundation, San Diego, CA
Vocational Program Coordinator / Clinical Case Manager (9/01 - 2/03)
Developed and implemented an employment program for adults with a mental illness. Supervised three peer support specialists. Provided individual counseling, career counseling, treatment planning, and clinical case management in collaboration with an interdisciplinary treatment team. Facilitated cognitive behavioral therapy, conflict resolution, and employment preparation groups. Conducted psychosocial assessments.

North Orange County, South Orange County, and Long Beach Community College Districts
College Instructor/Adjunct Faculty (6/92 - 5/08)
Taught Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and Introduction to Human Services college courses.

British Columbia Review Panel, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hearing Officer (1/96 - 5/98)
Deliberated on administrative law hearing panels conducted at psychiatric hospitals to determine if the hospital’s decision to detain a patient involuntarily was legally justified under the British Columbia Mental Health Act.

Orange County Council on Aging Ombudsman Office, Costa Mesa, CA
Ombudsman (6/92 - 6/93)
Conducted quality control assessments for residential care facilities for senior citizens. Investigated elder abuse allegations filed against residential care facilities. Filed Community Care Licensing reports when allegations were substantiated. Helped residential staff develop strategies for improving quality of care for residents.

Continuing Education and Affiliations:
Psycho-social Rehabilitation and Employment Transition Immersion at MHA Village in Long Beach
National Coalition Building Institute Train the Trainer Workshop
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; one workshop with Dr. D. Meichenbaum, another with Dr. C. Padesky
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; one workshop with Dr. Marsha Linehan, another with Dr. Neil Friedman
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing at the University of British Columbia Student Counseling Center
Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorders with Dr. Kevin Blake
Working With High Conflict Individuals with Dr. Joseph Shannon
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member of Toastmasters International