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Special Education Manager

Spring Valley, NY
September 23, 2018

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** ******* **, ****** ******, NY 10977 Home; Work: 845-***-**** Cell:914-***-****

Over 20 years working as a professional in roles of behavioral intervention specialist/case manager/school psychologist, substitute teacher (days) and clinical psychologist (evenings).

Strengths include, anger management/assertiveness training, stress management, substance abuse and referral to medical, psychiatric, neurological specialists, services, programs (i.e., Jawonio), or other specialists and programs as needed for client well-being include: Psycho-educational testing, counseling/psychotherapy, assertiveness training/anger management, dialectical behavior therapy, crisis intervention, consultation with parents, teachers, program development, grief counseling, efficiency, substitute teaching, applied behavior analysis (ABA), functional behavior assessment (FBA) writing behavior support plans and assisting with response to intervention (RTI).

Clinical strengths include establishing trust and rapport, a therapist alliance, emotional intelligence, empathy, individual, marital/couples and family therapy, thorough in-takes, determining DSM-5 working diagnoses, developing treatment goals and objectives, follow-up, SOAP notes, anger management/assertiveness training, stress management, substance abuse and referral to medical, psychiatric, neurological specialists, programs (i.e., Jawonio), or other specialists, services and programs as needed for client well-being.

Computer skills include: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and Internet.


Independent Private Practice, Spring Valley, NY (P/T) 1981-Present

Multicultural Counselor

Individual, group, preschool, child, adolescent, elder and counseling gifted, psycho-educational testing requested by distrusting parents to validate handicapping conditions/classifications, RTI for students, attending CST, CSE, CPSE and IEP meetings with parents, integrating IEP goals into therapy. Specializations: Most of the DSM-5 diagnoses. Substance abuse, assertiveness training/anger management to appropriately express and diffuse negative feelings toward psychic equilibrium or restoration of a neutral mood, impulse control, good judgement and decision making (without the use of mood altering substances or activities). Referring students/clients for services, CPS/Probation (PINS Petitions) high risk to the emergency room, psychiatrists, other specialists services or programs. Behavioral contracts are done for improved behavior and academic performance.

Ramapo Senior Program, New City, NY 2012 - Present

Volunteer Member

Senior citizens (age 80 to 96) enjoy breakfast café (set up and run by seniors or volunteer staff). Volunteers give out word-find/puzzle books, assist during scheduled activities, i.e., Monday morning exercise, speaker presentations, etc. Seniors are helped when they present emotional issues to be worked through and resolved confidentially. Assist seniors when they play games (Bingo, Po-ke-no and Dominos), go on trips i.e., to local super-markets, dollar stores, plays, casinos, Duncan Donuts, the winery and concerts in the afternoon. Developmentally disabled young adult volunteers attend Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly and serve lunch. Goals: to increase appropriate work behaviors, i.e., remembering to put on aprons and rubber gloves when serving food; to reduce stereotypic self-stimulatory or verbally inappropriate behaviors by positively reinforcing the opposite more appropriate or desired behaviors with lavish verbal praise. Pre-school children (age 2-4) from Smarty Pants Learning Center next door visit also for sitting 1 : 1 with the seniors to play bingo with volunteers' help and lining up in a straight line to leave the program efficiently.

Intercommunity Relations Council, (IRC Prep School), Spring Valley, Jamaica, Queens1994-2012

School Psychologist

Students were age 6 months to 12. Observed and provided positive reinforcements for appropriate behaviors including toilet training with practice, developed self-esteem, crisis intervention, play therapy, current events, handling strangers, show and tell, individual and group counseling, also to help children learn letters, numbers, shapes and colors for reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic readiness skills, grief counseling, psychological testing (i.e., Bayley-3, DAY-C, E-LAP, CTON1-2, Rossetti, PPVT-4, PLSS, PES-2, ADOS-2, CARS, CRS-III, BCL,WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, SB5, Leiter- R, Bender-Il, Vineland-III, WRAT-5, WIAT-III, Woodcock-Johnson-lll, KTEA-III, BASC-3, CAT-3, TAT, Rorschach, H-T-P, DSM-5), wrote reports, presented recommendations for treatment of handicapping conditions/ classifications interfering with academic performance at CST, CSE, CPSE and IEP meetings, consulted with parents, teachers, acted as and consulted with case managers. Set up the special education program and assessed the first developmentally disabled child for CPSE services.

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY Bronx, Port Chester, Yonkers, YorktownHeights1990-1994 Adjunct Professor (P/T)

Used a book, syllabus and course outline to instruct Bachelor and Master level students in introduction to psychology, child psychology, adolescent development, gender role dynamics, addiction, drugs and behavior, human relations, organizational behavior and other psychology courses.

College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, New Rochelle, NY 1990-1994 Used a book, syllabus and course outline to instruct Bachelor and Master level students in introduction to psychology, child psychology, adolescent development, gender role dynamics, addiction, drugs and behavior, human relations, organizational behavior and other psychology courses.

NYC Public Schools, NY, N 1993-1994

School Psychologist

CSE 12/Theodore Roosevelt Gathings School, Intermediate School 158 (Central Office), Bronx, NY, PS 50/234, IS 193/PS 6; PS 186 PSY 7 ED/LD, PS 129/234, Grades 1<-8. Duties: Consulted with teachers and parents, counseled students for improved learning and academic performance (regular, special education and gifted students), including assertiveness training/anger management to appropriately express feelings, attended CST, IEP and CSE meetings, presented results of psychological-education evaluations for appropriate special education placement and interventions, did crisis intervention.

BOCES Summer School Program, Chestnut Grove School, New City, NY Summer 1993 Assistant Principal/School Psychologist

Grades K- 8, preschool age 2 1/2 to 5 and age 5-21 multiply handicapped children, adolescents and young adults, severely emotionally/learning disabled and developmentally disordered. Duties: Covered building, dining room at lunch time, teacher and time-out staff lunches, consulted with special education teachers and parents to implement behavior modification contracts, provided results of psychological testing to determine most appropriate classification or educational placement and interventions for students, did crisis intervention.

Palisades Public Schoolhouse, Tappan, NY 1992-1993

School Psychologist/Substitute Teacher

Pre-school age 3 1/2-5. Duties: Observed, did psychological evaluations, crisis intervention including time out of circle, play therapy, breakfast and lunchtime chores, supervised hand washing, toilet training with positive reinforcement and practice, developed self-esteem, did current events, how to handle strangers, show and tell, supervised socio-leisure activities, taught letters, numbers, shapes and colors for reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic readiness skills.

Substitute Teacher 1987-1992

East Ramapo, Ramapo Central, South Orangetown, Clarkstown North and South, North

Rockland, BOCES and Edwin Gould Academy, Rockland County, NY

Substitute taught children of all ages, grade levels and subjects including Spanish, French, gym, shop, and swimming at local school districts.

NYS Teachers Retirement System - Pension #0637846


Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck, NJ

On-line Post-Doctoral Program toward M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology, GPA 3.75

Need to take on-line Exit Exam

The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Dissertation: "Social Adjustment in Black and White Bipolar Patients and Its Relationship to Affective Environment in the Family", Clinical Psychology Major; Substance Abuse, Individual, Group and Family Therapy Minors 1984-1992

New Jersey Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, Rutgers University, NJ

Certification in Substance Abuse in Adult Blacks and Hispanics, Adolescent Substance Abuse 1987

1970 - 1973 State University College at Oneonta, NY-B.S. in Elementary Education; Permanent Teaching Certification, Grades N-6.

1973 Student Teaching: Duties: Taught general curriculum to third graders, Hempstead Elementary School, Spring Valley, NY; kindergarteners (AWPM), Tappan Zee Elementary School, Piermont, NY.

1973 - 1975 Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ M.A. in Educational Psychology, Professional Diploma in School Psychology; Graduated Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.91 School Psychological Services Certificate; Permanent Certification-New York; Conditional Permanent License-New York City (1993-1994).

1973 - 1975 School Psychology Internship: PS 22, Jersey City, NJ. Govenment Title 1 Program: Duties: Administered psychological test batteries to children (Grades 2 5) manifesting learning problems, met with CST and presented results to IEP team for follow-up treatment; interviewed parents, consulted with teachers, nurses, etc., conducted group therapy to improve emotional stability; interned at Jersey City Medical Center's outpatient, in-patient, partially hospitalized and drug addiction clinics, administered psychological batteries to adult psychotic/schizophrenic patients, participated in case conferences, discussed case histories, diagnosis, treatment modalities, and prognosis of patients.

School Psychological Services Certificates; Conditional Certification-New York City; 1993; Permanent License State of New York 1998

State University College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, NYS Regents Scholarship and Incentive Award for College 1990-1993

B.S. in Elementary Education; Permanent Teaching Certification, Grades N-6 1990-1993

1979-1982 Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY Spanish, Fairly Fluent.

1966-1970 Nanuet High School, Nanuet, NY, New York State Regents Scholarship and Incentive Award


American Psychological Association, NYS Psychological Association, Rockland County Psychological Society, Prescribing Psychologists' Register and National Psychologist.


Congressman Benjamin Gilman's Education Committee, NAACP Education Committee,

Volunteer at Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center, Rockland Psychiatric Center's Secure

Unit, Volunteer at Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center's Senior Program, Volunteer at People to People, Volunteer at Finkelstein Memorial Library, Volunteer at Ramapo Senior Program, Mentor for college students.


Marilyn Freimuth, Ph.D., Mentor for The Fielding Institute; weekly meetings at 21 West 86th Street, Suite 208, New York, NY 10024. Current contact at The Fielding Institute, 2020 De la Vina st, Santa CA 93105 805-***-****)

Sharon Olang, Ph.D. Supervisor of Psychology, CSE District 12, 800 Home Street, Bronx, NY 718-***-****)

Michele Gewing, M.A., Special Education, Asst Principal/Supervisor Educational Evaluator, IRC Public School, Home 31 Red Barn Lane, Middletow71, NY 10940 Home 845-***-****)

Joan P. Carter, MPA, Program Manager, Ramapo Senior Program, Meals on Wheels, 484 New Hempstead Rd, New City, NY 845-***-****)

Sharon F. Martini, Volunteer Program Coordinator, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954 845-***-****)

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