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Clinical Social Worker, Addictions Specialist

Richmond, Virginia, United States
August 24, 2018

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Amira R. Turner

**** *********** ****, **********, ** 23112

Phone: 804-***-****; Email:

Professional Experience

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Office of Substance Abuse Services

REVIVE! Coordinator September 2016-Current

Oversee and Coordinate Statewide REVIVE! Trainings for Law Enforcement and Community Stakeholders

Participate in State and Interstate level interagency efforts to address opioid overdose in Virginia

Update and maintain REVIVE! training materials, website, and database

Provide community education on opioid misuse, dependence, overdose, and naloxone


Wellness Coordinator January 2013-May 2016

Interdisciplinary collaboration between healthcare providers to address patient needs

Develop wellness programming for patients and residents at assisted living facilities

Develop marketing strategies to raise community awareness of services available

Supervise 2 additional Wellness Coordinators

Manage monthly billing for Wellness Program

YMCA, Richmond VA

Associate Director of Wellness June 2011-December 2012

Supervise Wellness Staff of 15+

Develop wellness programs and challenges for members

Provide individual and group exercise training

Facilitate staff development opportunities


Bachelor of Social Work 2008

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA

Master of Social Work

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA

Research Project: Impact of Significant Others on Substance Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes; Research Supervisor: Daniel Feagans

Master of Science in Addiction Studies December 2018 (all program requirements completed)

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA

Master’s Thesis: Cannabidiol for the Attenuation of Opioid Craving: A Systematic Review of Current Research; Research Supervisor: Dr. Mary Loos

Substance Abuse Counseling Education 2015

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond VA

Internship Experience

Daily Planet: May 2018-August 2018

Provide individual therapy to a caseload of 10 clients, focused on addiction, co-occuring disorders, and MAT

Therapeutic interventions included Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy

Co-facilitate stress management, trauma, and relapse prevention groups

Provide intake assessments for new behavioral health clients (up to 3/week)

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services-Department of Behavioral Health Wellness May -August 2016

Provide Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and REVIVE! trainings to local community organizations

Assist with building relationships between Virginia Community Service Boards and local community coalitions

Participate in interagency collaboration to coordinate efforts targeted at substance abuse and suicide prevention

Develop quantitative data collection tool for CSB site visits

Additional Relevant Experience

Group Co-facilitator

o2005-2008 – Recovery Virginia: Substance Use Disorders, Women’s Issues, Mandated Groups

o2008-2009 – Chesterfield Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Center (YWCA)

BSW Internship 2007-2008– Hanover Safe Place: Individual and group counseling for Interpersonal Violence

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Society of Clinical Social Work

Phi Alpha Honor Society, Nu Rho Chapter

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