Portfolio

Specialized Career Functions

  • Professional Development and Consultant services for: YWCA. Project for Pride in Living, Urban Ventures, and Solid Foundation to improve services to housing recipients with mental health diagnosis.
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Bullying training to reduce litigations, and increase fair organizational cultures.
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor for communities to learn basic mental health facts and resources for recovery.

Work Experience

 Psychotherapist

 Empower Therapeutic Services

March 2016- Present

  • Deliver individual, group and family psychotherapy for a broad range of clients
  • Provide clinical supervision to individuals seeking licensure, as well as Solutions’ community based programming.
  • Develop and monitoring individual treatment plans, designed to restore the client’s personal functioning.
  • Utilize online therapy for distant and rural communities.

Psychotherapist  

NorthPoint Behavioral Health- Minneapolis, MN

   September 2013 to Present

  • Facilitate Domestic Violence and Empowerment Women’s Group that provides psychoeducational and therapeutic services.
  • Provide cognitive behavior therapy and services to adults, children/ adolescents, and their families with an emphasis on mindfulness and reality training.
  • Administer, score, and interpret various mental health tools, instruments, and tests as appropriate to crisis intervention and stabilization.
  • Record notes and data pertaining to client progress; write comprehensive reports of client histories, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations.
  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary adult crisis or child crisis response team.

Functional Family Therapist

First Home Care – Washington, DC

July 2012 to November 2012

  • Utilized evidenced-based therapy, Functional Family Therapy, with at risk youths and their families.
  • Incorporated community based resources to help family continue therapeutic work.
  • Collaborated and maintain relationships with community workers to create a holistic approach to counseling.
  • Initiated relentless engagement with children and their families to build hope, family alliances, and positive change

Lead Residential Substance Abuse Counselor

nce Abuse CounselorOlivia’s House – Birmingham, AL June 2010 to April 2012

  • Provided intense therapeutic counseling intervention to over 30 women and their children daily.
  • Taught parenting and life skills for clients obtaining legal custody of their children.
  • Administered and review appropriate psychosocial assessments.
  • Educated clients on cognitive behavioral techniques to assist with relapse prevention.
  • Supervised interns over 7-month period teaching therapeutic techniques, treatment planning, and performing quality assurance on client’s charts.
  • Consulted with government officials and agencies on client’s progress, urinalysis, and transitional living plans.
  • Utilized AA/NA principles through the emphasis of working the 12-steps, attending meetings and obtaining a sponsor.

Substance Abuse Assistant Counselor

Fellowship House – Birmingham, AL June 2007 to December 2008

  • Assisted 72 clients with life skills to readjust into a sober lifestyle utilizing the twelve-step method.
  • Mediated crisis situations by identifying client’s needs and negotiating appropriate resolutions using program guidelines.
  • Facilitated therapeutic process groups for over 75 dually-diagnosed disordered clients by teaching social and independent living skills.
  • Improved program standards by sending “Quality of Service Surveys” to over 25 community
  • Ensured accountability of client’s admittance or discharge by communicating with law enforcement.

Education

Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology Argosy University – Washington, DC

May 2010 to September 2016

Master of Art in Community Counseling Argosy University- Atlanta, GA

August 2006 to October 2009

NOTABLE CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS

Panel discussion on various elements of mental health and resources within the community.

  • MACMH Conference, March 2016

Presenting topic: Engaging Adolescence and their Families Involved with the Juvenile Justice System by Increasing Participation through the use of Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

  • CPS Domestic Violence Presentation Panel, May 2015

Presented during the CPS monthly staffing meeting about Domestic Violence and the effect CPS has on the families once intervention occurs.

  • Insight News Articles 2015

Published articles for Insight Newspaper: No need to fear, just calm the atmosphere and The art of sitting with grandma’s loving hands.

  • Ethics in Distance Counseling Presentation, Maryland Counseling Association, Nov. 2014

Presented in Virginia on ethical components concerning distance counseling and its benefits within the counseling community.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Research Volunteer, Aug. 2004-Dec. 2004

Gathered empirical data from dementia patients and measured correlations between face recognition and their duration of memory.

  • Behavioral Guidance, Social Work Internship, June 2004-Aug. 2004

Mentored over 20 children with behavioral concerns by creating treatment plans, and connecting their families with community resources.

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