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Shirin Zarqa-Lederman

Freelance Children's Book Writer, Article Writer, & More

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Location:Robbinsville, New Jersey, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/shirinzarqa-lederman
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Kudos
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6 Skills
$100
Rate/Hr
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Child and Family Solutions Position: Mobile Behavior Therapist
November 2008 to present
• Principal Responsibilities:
• Interview clients and family members in crisis to assist in management
• Conduct formal assessments of clients to determine diagnosis and level of care necessary
• Refer clients to the appropriate services when necessary
• Provide brief crisis intervention to clients and family members when appropriate, utilizing various individual counseling
• Facilitate family programming, including individual family sessions as well as multifamily group therapy
• Maintain progress notes to demonstrate patient development

Liberty Behavioral Mgt. Group Position: Community Liaison Southern NJ Regional Representative
August 2005-August 2007
• Principal Responsibilities:
• Community representative for the management of Princeton House Behavioral Health, Conifer Park Residential Behavioral Health Center, Arms Acres Residential Treatment Facility, and The Holliswood Hospital
• Conduct telephone intakes with prospective clients and schedule intake appointments
• Assess appropriate level of care
• Refer potential clients to inpatient and outpatient facilities
• Secure bed allocation, payment arrangements, and transportation for client admission when necessary
• Maintain regular contact with client’s family and the case management team to ensure quality care
• Coordinate outpatient services and assist in discharge planning to ensure continuum of care
• Present in-services and formal seminars to staff, patients and their parents, as well as local community groups, outpatient facilities, law enforcement agencies, and schools

Princeton House Behavioral Healthcare Position: Program Coordinator Adolescent Substance Abuse Unit
June 1999-August 2005
Principal Responsibilities:
• Supervise twenty staff members including case managers and mental health assistants.
• Review program curriculum with treatment team to ensure program is tailored to the population.
• Conduct chart reviews daily to ensure NJ and JCHO standards are met.
• Coordinate admissions and discharges with the admissions department to ensure accurate bed availability.
• Interview and assess the appropriateness and eligibility of clients upon admission to the adolescent unit
• Obtain precertification from insurance company/managed care company when necessary
• Contact referral sources and necessary school administration on client admission and progress.
• Conduct concurrent reviews when necessary with insurance/managed care companies
• Conduct one on one counseling to identify barriers to treatment and treatment goals
• Conduct family sessions and family education program to as necessary.
• Facilitate psychological education groups and group therapy to patients.
• Insure appropriate discharge planning with proper and appropriate referrals for each patient.
• Present in-services and formal seminars to staff, patients and their parents, as well as local community groups and schools.
• Assist Program Director in maintaining census and length of stay when necessary.

Princeton House Behavioral Healthcare Position: Crisis Clinician, Inpatient Admissions: Per Diem
August 2004-August 2007
• Principal Responsibilities:
• Conduct telephone intakes with prospective clients and schedule intake appointments
• Assess appropriate level of care
• Interview clients in crisis in the emergency room and place them at the appropriate facility
• Obtain precertification from insurance company/managed care company
• Verify Insurance benefits when necessary
• Register patients to the appropriate department upon admission to the facility
• Contact referral source if any to inform them of the patient’s potential appointment

EDUCATION:
• Master of Arts in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, IL *Graduated with 3.8 grade point average
• Master of Communication and Info. Studies: Interpersonal & Health Communication
Rutgers University College, NJ *Graduated with 3.7 grade point average
• Bachelor of Arts: Communication and Journalism Alpha Sigma Lambda Recognition
Rutgers University College, NJ *Graduated with 3.43 grade point average:
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION:
• Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Board of Consumer Affairs: State of New Jersey
• Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC)
American Psychotherapy Association
• Licensed & Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC) Board of Consumer Affairs: State of New Jersey
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Board of Consumer Affairs: State of New Jersey

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
• Iwritetoyouas.com, partner, 2015
• American Psychotherapy Association (APA), member 2008
• National Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD), member 2005
• New Jersey Association of Substance Abuse Professionals (NJASAP), member, 2005
• National Communication Association, member 2000
• Rutgers University College Alumni Association, member 1999
• Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies Alumni Association, member 2000

PUBLICATIONS:
• Trotters of Tweeville: Zavis DaMavis, September, 2014, Archway.
• Trotters of Tweeville: Harraf Namrattle, February, 2015, Archway.
• “One of few” Not in my Name, p.209-213. September 2014, Sangria Editoria.
• “First Generation American Arab Adolescents in Suburban America: An Investigation of their Acculturation Issues.” October 2010. Applied Research Project advised by Ileana Torres
• “Communication in couples coping from substance abuse: Analyzing their stories.” May 2000. Master Thesis advised by Linda Constigan-Lederman
• “Drinking Behavior & the Decision Making Process,” January 2000. Independent Study advised by Linda Constigan-Lederman
• “The Irresponsible Society: The Discourse Surrounding Addiction.” January 1999. Senior Honors Thesis advised by Robert Kubey