I am an LCSW who enjoys encouraging clients to identify their goals and strategies for self-empowerment, discovery and healing.

Experience

  • Integrated Behavioral Health Consultant in Primary Care

    at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL 2017-Present

    August 2017 - at Present

    Florida

    • Assess risk factors, behaviors, symptoms, attitudes, preferences • Advise, specify personalized options, decrease symptoms, improve functioning and quality of life • Agree collaboratively, select goals based on interest and motivation • Assist, teach skills, help problem solve barriers to reach goals, develop personal action plan • Arrange, specify plans for follow up with personal action plan

  • Medical Social Worker

    at Fresenius Kidney Care

    August 2013 - at Present

    Florida

    •Conduct psychosocial assessments, provide symptom targeted interventions in order to assist with coping mechanisms, provide medical education in order to improve outcomes, assist with individual needs, provide counseling, link to community resources, provide support to families. Sell product goods for purpose of improving lab values, health and well being

  • Therapist

    at Contractor

    April 2004 - September 2017

    Florida

    Specializing in support services, grief and loss, child and adolescent issues, child abuse and neglect, parenting issues and support, mood disorders, panic attacks, women’s issues, domestic violence, self esteem issues, medically complex cases, adjustment issues---via several agencies over more than a decade, starting with a domestic violence shelter. Other agencies include: Edwards Counseling, Mental Health Consulting Firm, counseling with dialysis patients, counseling with DHS clients. Extensive experience in behavioral health; depression, anxiety, stress, weight loss, diabetes, smoking cessation, chronic pain.

  • Protection and Placement Specialist

    at Department of Human Services

    April 2007 - June 2013

    Georgia

    Assess risk and safety-Conduct home evaluations and interviews Guide clients’ with self-sufficiency processes, referring to critical resources Develop individualized case plans to preserve family unit and prevent children from entering state care Coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary meetings with clients’ support groups, school counselors, mental health professionals and others who can offer valuable insights on issues that are directly affecting the family such as substance abuse, mental health, and child safety Establish effective partnerships with community agencies to help clients cope, manage, and resolve obstacles Hire professional services for specific interventions in least restrictive environment

  • CORE COMPETENCIES/CREDENTIALS/CERTIFICATIONS

    at Department of Human Services

    April 2007 - June 2013

    Georgia

    • Biopsycho-social Assessments • Knowledge of DSM-IV-TR and DSW V • Certified: First Aid/Crisis Intervention/ Foster Care/Child Protective Services Units • Conflict Resolution and Crisis De-escalation • Elevated understanding of child welfare policy - service delivery practice • Mentor, train, support & lead new graduate social worker interns, hires & colleagues • Some Knowledge of spoken/written Spanish • Proficiency: MS Office Suite: Word, Excel & PowerPoint • Work independently and as part of a team, as required, in fast-pace environments • Analyst: collect data, evaluate effectiveness, research • Evidenced-Based Interventions

Education

  • Masters in Social Work

    at Kennesaw State University

    2010 - 2012 (2 years) Georgia

  • Baccalaureate in Social Work

    at University of Georgia

    2001 - 2004 (3 years) Georgia

Services offered

  • social work

    Patient, dedicated social work professional successfully assisting diverse families with life-affecting conflicts with more than 15 years of experience. Competent, driven, ethical individual who learns quickly is looking to thrive in new environment.

  • Mental Health Counseling

    Specializing supportive services, grief and loss, child and adolescent issues, child abuse and neglect, parenting issues and support, mood disorders, panic attacks, women’s issues, domestic violence, self esteem issues, medically complex cases, adjustment issues

  • Leadership/Community Service

    Board member of Coalition for Latin Leaders, a progressive grassroots organization that works for positive change through community organizing, civic engagement and advocacy for human rights. I teach a citizenship class as well as an English second-language class.

    I participate in many other events that focus on informing, advocating and providing needed services. Some of these events include community immigration forums that advocate and educate the Latino community about current events

  • Telemed

    Pilot program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Languages

  • Spanish Elementary

  • English Native

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