GEORGE VETTIKUNNEL, LMSW.
Texas 78520, Ph: 956-***-****
HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
Licensed Master Social Worker: License Number 51765.
Thirty years of professional social work experience in various service settings including hospital, behavioral, child welfare, probation & correctional social work.
Skilled in conducting clinical interviews and bio-psycho-social assessments for clients in various settings.
Proven skills in need identification, program planning and program development.
Experienced in case management, individual, family and group counseling with children and adults. Besides CBT alternative therapies like Hypnotherapy, Meditation & Breathing modalities are engaged.
Effective team member in working with multi-disciplinary team.
ASSESSMENT AND COUNSELING
1Conducted clinical interviews and performed bio-psycho-social assessments for clients in various settings.
2Provided individual and family counseling for children and their families.
3Offered supportive counseling for coping with illness and life transition problems of developmentally disabled.
4Provided crisis intervention, problem solving and psycho-education groups of emotionally challenged children, adults and their families.
5Prepared court reports for adolescents and adults who are on probation.
6Facilitated the early release of long term convicts and coordinated their rehabilitation.
7Provided aftercare services for children in conflict with the law.
TREATMENT PLANNING AND CASE MANAGEMENT
1Developed individualized plan of services using treatment modalities and available resources.
2Linked clients and families with resources and community services based on assessment and plan of service.
3Made appropriate referrals for transition to open prisons from closed ones for convicts.
4Maintained accurate clinical records in accordance with professional standards and agency’s requirements.
5Conducted case conferences and coordinated services for clients.
PROGRAM PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Developed and conducted in-service program for the agency staff.
Participated in the drug dependency assessment for the Planning Commission of India.
Taught MSW final year students for one academic year and provided supervision and field instruction for two years.
Developed guidelines for the early release and rehabilitation of convicts.
Taught fundamentals of Corrections and Criminology at the Correctional Officers’ Training School.
Coordinated field work opportunities for student social workers in Corrections.
DISABILITY INTEGRATION ADVISER (2017) :With FEMA at Houston for Disaster 4332 since October 17 as a local Hire. The role is to work w/ mitigation, DSA /TSA in identifying survivors and providing them w/ services and linking them w/ resources to be resilient to spring back to pre-disaster capabilities & function.
CASE MANAGER MSW (2015-17) : With Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen TX 78503. The role focused on enabling the patients to choose optimally beneficial discharge plan and in linking clients with community resources apart from being the liaison between the patient, the treatment team and the insurance agencies.
Correctional Officer (2014-15): With the Geo Group at the Hidalgo East Detention Center in La Villa. The responsibilities included enabling the orderly routine activities of offenders within the facility as a team ensuring the safety & security of inmates, as per the rules, procedures.
Social Worker, 2013: At Social Workers As Needed, San Antonio, TX 78245. Responsibilities include: Assessment for home health care, linking clients with community resources, Individual & Family sessions, and Treatment & Discharge plan in liaison with the home health care agency.
Licensed Master Social Worker, 2009 - 2012: At Valley Baptist Behavioral Health Services (VBBHS), Brownsville, TX-78521.Responsibilities include: Biopsychosocial assessment, group therapy, individual & family sessions, Master treatment plan & Discharge planning.
Correctional Officer III: (2008): With the Texas Department of Correctional Justice at the Walls Unit in Huntsville. The responsibilities included enabling the orderly routine activities of offenders within the facility as a team ensuring the safety & security of inmates, as per the rules, procedures.
Research Officer, 1996-2007: Department of Corrections, Government of Maharashtra, Pune, India. Responsibilities included: Needs assessment, coordinating after care and rehabilitation services. Planning and organizing prison reforms, revising prison manual. Scientific classification of prisoners, redress prisoners’ complaints against the staff and facilitating enquiries from the Supreme Court, National & State Human Rights Commissions at the Inspectorate General of Prisons.
Lecturer, 1994-1995: Department of Criminology & Correctional Administration, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Duties included field work supervision, teaching courses and conducting seminars for MSW students.
Satisfactorily completed 3month’s On the Job Training Course required for Case Manager MSW at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, TX in Sep 2015.
Day Accelerated Hypnotherapy Certification offered by the Wellness Institute, Seattle WA at Harlingen,TX in July 2011.
One Day recertification Course in SATORI: Alternatives to Managing Aggression at VBBHS, Brownsville, TX in June 2011
Day Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorder organized by U S Journal of Training at Clearwater,FL in Jan 2010.
One Day Intensive Cognitive Therapy Training organized by Hope Family Health Center,McAllen, TX May 2010
Satisfactorily completed one month’s Pre-service Part I course & the On the Job Training Course required for Correctional Officer at Houston TX in Nov 2008.
LICENSURE & PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) : issued by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (www.dshs.state.tx.us/social work)License no.51765,expires05/30/2018.
M.S.W concentration in Criminology & Correctional Social Work. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 1986; The Council on Social Work Education evaluated this degree as equivalent of a master’s degree in social work earned from a school of social work accredited by the CSWE vide its letter dated 1-9-2008.
Member: National Association of Social Workers, The Bombay Association of Trained Social workers, Indian Red Cross Society and the Indian Society of Criminology.
REFERENCES: References will be made available upon request.