Online profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brenda-nieves/38/8a4/b52
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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
•Published articles and memoirs in both print and online formats as a freelance writer.
•Contributing writer to Gridlock magazine, an online publication
•Staff writer to The Rescue Journal, a non-profit animal rescue publication
•Staff writer to Blindfold Magazine, a print publication with online content
•Contributing author to chainbooks.com
•Website annotation, contracted freelancer
•7 years writing, including over eight years’ experience conducting research, preparing documents, writing, editing and proofreading reports, including service plans.
•Extensive experience checking legal and psychiatric case-related facts
•Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
CERTIFICATE, FREELANCE WRITING 2011
PENN FOSTER CAREER SCHOOL Scranton, PA
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, SOCIAL WORK 2002
MINOR: RACE RELATIONS FROM COLLEGE OF URBAN AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY Boca Raton, FL
January 2010 - Present
•Authored feature for print publication in NY lifestyle magazine detailing the pros and cons of at-home motherhood in comparison with motherhood paired with paid employment outside the home.
•Authored articles for online publication dealing with issue of mental health.
•Memoir accepted for publication in anthology due out by the end of 2011.
•Staff writer to The Rescue Journal magazine. Produced quarterly by and for A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, Palm Beach Co. Florida
•Staff writer to Gridlock magazine, a men’s lifestyle magazine published twice monthly.
•Staff writer to Blindfold Magazine, a monthly publication with a focus on informing and inspiring people to become involved in local, national, and global issues.
•Author of two projects (1 fiction, 1 non-fiction) sold to chainbooks.com.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CASE MANAGEMENT WORK EXPERIENCE:
FEBRUARY 2004---MARCH 2011
SOUTH COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER; DELRAY BEACH, FL
February 2004 – March 2011
Private, non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Florida in 1974, bringing quality mental health and substance abuse care with a staff of 245 providing service to 5,000+ clients
JAIL DIVERSION SPECIALIST November 2006 – March 2011
•Held responsibility for over 1,000 individual short-term cases (one week at most); collaborated with law enforcement and corrections deputies to ensure appropriate (according to level and kind of mental illness) housing for inmates within two jurisdictions, within secure settings while attempting to present inmates, although criminal, as people dealing with various kinds and levels of dysfunction.
Wrote approximately 30 case narratives (5+ pages each) to document same, utilizing psychiatric, social service and legal terminology, outlining history, current situation and treatment plans.
•Earned recognition in stellar employee evaluations for work developing and implementing operating procedures within the framework of a new program.
FORENSIC CASE MANAGER August 2004 – November 2006
•Promoted within a year in recognition of documentation skills, knowledge of the legal system and overall strict temperament, all of which vital to forensic case work.
•Worked with mental health clients to effectively secure medical and government care, usually contacting 5x+ each week via telephone, mail, and in person, consistently exhibiting both strong communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-up.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGER February 2004 – August 2004
•Provided full-service advocacy for chronically mentally ill patients; developed close working relationships, providing direction, crisis interventions, personal assistance, family counseling as well as assistance navigating systems to obtain Social Security, Disability and Medicaid/Medicare benefits.
•Reduced hospital admissions and increased medication compliance for caseload, teaching clients how to more effectively help themselves.
•Volunteer adult reading teacher; Literacy Coalition; Palm Beach Co., FL; August 2006 – October 2007
•A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue Organization, FL; July 2011 - Present