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Social Worker/Substance Abuse Counselor/Consultant/ Educator

Burleson, Texas, United States
May 28, 2018

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James Riley

Burleson, TX 209-***-****

Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor

Expertise in comprehensive care for patients experiencing mental, emotional, drug, and alcohol-related challenges

Dynamic, innovative, and experienced Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor with a record of earning recognition for outstanding achievements. Earned two recognitions while performing in two different areas, including the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and a letter of Commendation from Telecare Corporation Regional Administrator for rapid and decisive response in handling a crisis event. Assisted with the development of educational services and diagnosis programs while furthering knowledge and education within the field.

Skills and Competencies

Mental Health Clinical Evaluations

Individual and Group Counseling

Motivational Interviewing

Client Treatment Plans and Goals

Relationship-Building Skills

Education, Teaching, and Mentoring

Staff Scheduling and Monitoring

Detailed Records Management

Multiple Priority Management

Adaptability and Flexibility

Career Experience


Interim Executive Director, May 2015 – Present

Lead, train, evaluate, and schedule the duties of four clinical staff members, including a social worker and case managers. Successfully oversee the daily operations of the agency, including maintaining responsibilities in finance, maintenance, fundraising, inter-agency collaborations, and clinical scheduling.

Maintain detailed program records and statistical data on program activities. Meet with and collaborate with board members on program data, operational activities, and future endeavors.

Manage several agency youth and adult alcohol and drug educational and prevention programs.

Provide counseling services to 20-25 clients, consulting with families on mental health, alcohol, and drug-related issues.


Clinical Social Worker Team Leader, January 1999 – May 2015

Delivered clinical and administrative supervision, coaching, and educational training for a team of 16 staff members. Evaluated and assessed individuals experiencing mental health and drug disorders, utilizing current clinical evaluation and assessment tools, including DSM-IV TR, SASSI, and ASI.

Consistently coordinated client services needs and partnered with social service and community agencies to safeguard effective client care.

Successfully performed 5150 psychiatric holds and collaborated with psychiatric treatment staff members to ensure best managed care for clients.

Conducted daily individual counseling sessions and weekly group counseling with individuals experiencing dual-diagnosis challenges, averaging a caseload of 10-12 individuals.

Documented client care and ensured confidentiality of all records.

Served on the County Community Interagency Cross-Culture Committee for more than three years.


Mental Health Clinician, January 1994 – January 1999

Evaluated incoming clients and provided assessments on condition, preparing and simultaneously maintaining as many as 15-20 complex client treatment cases and progress reports.

Served as the interim manager of the Children System of Service Program for more than six months, leading daily operations for client care and supervision of six clinical social workers.

Successfully trained 25 mental health staff members on the use of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale.

Provided lead clinical counseling in the county’s first Dual Diagnosis program. Conducted daily client assessments and evaluations for client entry into the program. Served on the clinical treatment team in analyzing monthly statistical data for program effectiveness and client care.


Supervising Alcohol/Drug Counselor, January 1991 – December 1993

Planned and schedule weekly clinical case management, individual and group counseling services for a social model and community model non-residential staff of eight team members. Led weekly staff meetings to review staff performance and service delivery. Conducted staff performance reviews.

Maintained a monthly case load of 15-20 clients. Facilitated a men’s weekly support group and weekly open groups. Assisted 15-20 participants in efforts toward recovery.

Provided AOD education and training to county agencies and community groups.

Became the county coordinator of Youth AOD Prevention Program (Friday Night Live). Managed eight county high school program advisors.


Master of Science – Social Work, California State University – Fresno, Fresno, CA

Bachelor of Arts – Management and Human Resources, Park College, Parkville, MO

Associate of Applied Science – Social Service Aide, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base

Associates of Art – Management, Park College, Parkville, MO

Trainings Workshops

Cultural Competency Domestic Violence Treatment Planning 5150 Certification Training

Clinical Supervision Skills in Behavioral Health Suicide and Violence Assessment Training

Alcohol and Drug Documentation Training Effective Case Formulation Client Engagement

Strengthening Families Interviewing Skills Workshop Understanding the DSM-IV TR

How to Facilitate Anger Management Groups for Adults with Substance Abuse & Mental Health Disorders

Motivational Interviewing, Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

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