E arl Lewis Ed.S, M.A.,LPC, LMHC, NCC
A driven achiever with solid care management, supervisor, and clinical skills with a strong dedication to behavioral health, wellness, and client satisfaction, looking to obtain a position at the management level where I can offer my skills and knowledge by utilizing my education, interpersonal/organizational skills, client relations skills, and experience.
Care Management Skills: P rovide telephone and direct paper case review and authorization for determination of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment at outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial care level of care. Knowledge of CMS, ASAM, and state specific criteria to adhere to NCQA/URAC standards. Able to consult with health professionals including general physicians, psychiatrists,psychologist, and therapist to provide integrated service. Understanding of quality of care to make sure it’s always met. Ability to problem solve with effective decision making & critical thinking that creates results in behavioral health setting. Managing and coordinating activities of behavioral health services. Self-Starter with the ability to lead, delegate, and influence others to their fullest potential. Strategizes functional interventions for specific objectives to address organizational concerns.
Supervisor Skills: M anaging clinicians and other healthcare professionals to assist them with their clinical and professional issues, educate them on behavioral and assure they are providing quality healthcare service.. Able to review and assess level of care, client treatment plans, clinical records to evaluate the necessary level of patient care. Problem solving skills utilized to identify and address administrative concerns to provide best practice and implement interventions. Promote the development of counseling skills, assessment, and evaluation.
Clinical Skills: S trong display of a dvanced counseling skills such as: Active listening, empathy, paraphrasing, unconditional positive regard, genuineness, cooperation, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy interventions. Advanced family therapy skills and knowledge such as: Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, Contextual Therapy,& Structural Therapy. Ability to conduct thorough screenings and assessments with clients through intakes, bio-psychosocial assessments, ESA Assessments, DUI assessments, and mental status exams accurately. Creative production of effective treatment plans for clients mental health challenges. Accurate documentation of SOAP/DAP notes & progress notes with EHR. Ability to analyze and critique counseling sessions through video/audio tapes.
Leadership Experience: An experienced team leader in various associations. Active Emerging Leader in American Counseling Association & its divisions (North Atlantic Region Treasurer), Former Treasurer & Mental Health Representative for the Nu Eta Sigma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, AAMFT & NJAMFT member. Board Member of the Urban Mental Health Alliance (UMHA)
Instructor Skills: C o-instructed in higher education by performing teaching or teaching-related duties: such as teaching graduate level introduction courses, lead & facilitate class discussion, preparing and giving examinations, evaluate & grade examinations/reports/assignments, tutor students outside of class, copy and distribute classroom material, provide assistance to instructor with the use of audiovisual equipment.
Key Strengths: G oal oriented and results driven. Excellent project management skills. Active & engaging interpersonal skills. Responsible and productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts optimal effort in completing tasks. Experienced multitasking in a fast-paced work environment while delivering excellent service to students. A tremendous supporter of others and a team-player. A strong desire to learn. EDUCATION
The College Of New Jersey E wing, NJ May 2015
Ed.S. Marriage & Family Therapy
New Jersey City University J ersey City, NJ May 2013 M.A. Counseling
Concentration: Behavioral Health
New Jersey City University J ersey City, NJ Dec 2009 BA Psychology
● Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)
● Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC-FL)
● National Certified Counselor (NCC)
● Strength, Needs, & Pre-Screening Certification
● New Jersey Crisis Screener Certification
Capital Health, T renton, NJ June 2018-Present
Emergency Psychiatric Screener (Per-Diem)
● Provides Mental Health Screener functions and performs psychosocial assessments including collections of historical data, mental status assessments, and suicide risk assessments.
● Consults and collaborates with medical center staff to coordinate interdepartmental patient services. Develops comprehensive and realistic treatment plans based on patient's needs.
● Provides short term follow-up to ensure linkage and stabilization. Provides advocacy and support to patients to secure treatment and services.
● Engages families, treatment providers, and other parties active in the well-being of the patient whenever possible.
● Provides technical support, assistance, and education to patients, families, and other patient service providers.
● Assumes the duties of charge person when required.
● Assumes the duties of mobile outreach on-call when required.
● Documents all telephone triage information; clinical assessment data; changes in mental status; and all communications related to patient referrals, transfers, and admissions in the patient record. Crisis Text Line, N ew York City, NY March 2016-March-2018 Manager/Supervisor (Full-Time)
● Supervise crisis counselors on conversations via text to provide support, encouragement, and empathy.
● Manage and coordinate services for users needing to identify appropriate behavioral health services
● Offering guidance, skill development, and emotional support/debriefing to Crisis Counselors.
● Provide constructive feedback to Crisis Counselors who (a) request it (b) have low quality ratings.
● Take the lead on conversations including imminent risk, abuse, or neglect.
● Execute active rescues and mandatory reports as needed.
● Assist in facilitating the transferring of conversations when needed and personally take conversations with texters when a) a Crisis Counselor is uncomfortable/needs more than your guidance, b) Texter volume requires additional support.
● Manage 15+ counselors daily on crisis intervention, prevention .
● Served on company committees as requested.
New Horizon Treatment Services, T renton, NJ J anuary 2015-April 2016 C linical Supervisor/Program Coordinator(Full-Time)
Oversight and responsibility for counseling services including case management, individual and group therapy, diagnosis and treatment for services provided by the special services department.
In-depth knowledge of funding sources, Primarily Work First New Jersey (WFNJ).
Review clinical documentation of clinical staff on a regular basis, including regular chart audits.
Responsible for supervising/training new staff and interns.
Assist with the development of new programs.
Assist the director with implementation of new policies and procedures and monitoring to make sure current policies and procedures are adhered.
Consults with the director as needed to make changes to the division by assessing client needs, staff needs, and through feedback from referral sources.
Provides individual counseling and/or facilitate group counseling to clients on a scheduled basis and maintain up to date documentation.
Assign new clients to counselors with appropriate skill set.
Act as a liaison between counselors and director as needed.
Attend and participate in all scheduled agency trainings and meetings as scheduled.
Maintain current substance abuse/dependency & Mental Health knowledge and adhere to all state and federal regulations.
Facilitate staff meeting/trainings as needed.
Write monthly reports for director due on the 3rd of each month.
Assist with group program schedules, attendance, and other tasks identified. Fedcap Aspirations Adult/Children Partial Care Program, W est Orange, NJ J uly 2013-January 2014 Mental Health Counselor (Full-Time)
Provides the following direct care services to (Adults): Group & individual counseling and
support; activities to address daily living skills; pre-vocational, medication education, psycho-education, relapse prevention, coping skills, anger management, recreational and socialization activities. (Children): Group & Individual Counseling and support: Anger Management, Problem Solving, Expressing Feelings, Social Skills, and Conflict Resolution.
Participates in the development of treatment plans, intakes, comprehensive assessments, discharge plans, case conferences, and making needed referrals.
Maintains clinical records in accordance with New Jersey Department of Children and Families, New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and Medicaid standards and in compliance with Fedcap policies.
Refers client, or client’s family/caregiver to other community resources and service linkages; provides advocacy services.
Exert leadership in motivating team members to regard the dignity of all clients and be attentive to the mission and philosophy of the Partial Care Program.
Manage caseload of 15+ clients
The In Home Parent Coach, G arfield, NJ
C ertified Parent Coach (Per-Diem) January 2013 – September 2013
Provide in-home parent coaching utilizing principles and methods from B.E.S.T Parent Leadership Model.
Deliver in-home psycho-social education for building parent leadership skills & conflict resolution.
Assist in coping, limit-setting, and anger management with children ages 6-18. Asun Star Consulting, Orange, NJ August 2013-November 2013 In-Home Therapist (IIC) (Per-Diem)
Provide individual and family therapy to clients with behavioral, emotional, and psychological challenges
Develop and carryout treatment plans based on presenting problem.
Leads intra agency and family meetings to assure continuity of care and coordinates provision of all treatment services
Conduct initial intake and assessment for new clients
Serve as lead clinician to BA’s/Mentors and/or other team members while coordinating services for youth and family. Supreme Consultants R utherford, NJ Sept.2012-December 2012 Behavioral Assistant (Per-Diem
Assist at-risk children/youth using behavior modification to reduce negative behaviors and replace them with positive behaviors based on his/her strengths.
Work with parent (s) and family to help build new responses to their child’s behaviors and teach them to reinforce positive changes.
Consult with a clinical supervisor to implement effective treatment plans using behavioral therapy.
Design activities to address each youth’s unique social, emotional, and behavioral needs through skill development. New Jersey City University/Educational Leadership and Counseling J ersey City, NJ Sept.2011-May 2013 Graduate Assistant (Per Diem)
Co-instructs in the core counseling courses of higher education: Counseling Theories, Interviewing & Counseling Skills
Serves on the counseling program’s graduate student admissions committee through interviewing & assessing incoming graduate students for the counseling program
Assists in the establishment of CACREP accreditation for the counseling program
Develops, coordinates, and maintains SPSS statistical data and analysis for faculty evaluation
Establishes and maintains electronic/hard copy records of students
Supports department chair, professors, faculty, and students with department related activities and course preparation/materials to ensure academic success
Hudson Milestones, J ersey City, NJ Sep. 2007-Sept. 2013 Residential Assistant (Full-Time)
Assist clients diagnosed with mental retardation with in-home activities and human growth & development
Develops emotional and behavioral intervention outcomes for adults diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Educates clients on daily training routines in order to achieve independent living skills
Maintains a group home of 6 + adults with developmental disabilities
Documents client progress notes, treatment plan, and achieving life goals
Manages medication & distribution
Kid Connection F airfield, NJ 07/2009-11/2009
Family Support Worker (Per Diem)
Empowered at-risk youth through counseling and goal setting
Completed assessments of strengths, challenges, and progress on adolescent males
Utilized resources to support family within the community
Identified needs and provided services to children within the community Internship Experience
The College of New Jersey, E wing, NJ M ay 2014-May 2015 Marriage/Family Therapist Intern
Provide couples & family therapy for clients with variety of presenting problems to improve interpersonal relationships
Provided parents and family members with support and education regarding child rearing and developmental issues: discipline, anger management, perfectionism, low self-concept, sensory disintegration, dysregulation, attachment issues, etc.
Initial intake procedures from a system’s perspective
Assessment of clients utilizing diagnostic tools that are appropriate for the setting
Assessment of marriage, couple, and family functioning
Utilized systems approaches (i.e.; Communication, Contextual, Structural, Strategic, and Intergenerational) for working with family and group symptoms
Co-facilitate smart recovery groups resulting in lower rates of substance use
Maintain progress notes for all clients to ensure proper documentation of session content and interventions
Developed thorough individualized, couple, and family treatment plans for clients in accordance to various theoretical orientations, DSM-V which includes: specific individual/family/couple interventions, behavior modification plans, short-term, & long-term goals.
Delivered weekly case updates to individual and group supervisors.
Adhere to organizational policies and procedures of the agency, including
pertinent ethical and legal issues
Collaborated with professors & professional therapists to form engaging multidisciplinary team Jersey City Medical Center J ersey City, NJ Feb. 2012-May 2012 Partial Hospitalization Counselor/Intern (Part Time)
Conducted group therapy & psycho-educational sessions for 8-10 clients working on intrapsychic and interpersonal relationship issues.
Performed intakes, biopsychosocial assessment, & other assessments of clients
Consulted clinicians about progress of clients
Counseling culturally diverse clients in individual psychotherapy
Documented client’s efforts with progress notes
Presented cases in team meetings\
Bayonne Community Mental Health Center B ayonne, NJ J an.2012-May 2013 Partial Care Mental Health Worker/Intern (Full-Time)
Provide individual psychotherapy to adult individuals suffering from mental illness
Guides clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their mental & behavioral problems
Lead counseling/psycho-educational groups for clients attending partial care
Perform agency intake assessments and/or biopsychosocial; prepare treatment plans, progress notes, evaluative summaries
Managed a volume of caseloads (up to 10+)
Attend weekly supervision and staff meetings
Urban Mental Health Alliance (UMHA) 2015-Present
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapist 2014-Present
New Jersey Association of Marriage & Family Therapist 2014-Present
American Counseling Association (Active Student Member) 2010-2012
American Counseling Association/North Atlantic Region 2010-2012
New Jersey Counseling Association (Active Student Member) 2010-2012
New Jersey Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (Active Student Member) 2012-2012
North Atlantic Region Association of Counselor Education & Supervision 2012
International Association of Marriage & Family counseling (Active Student Member) 2010-2012
Chi Sigma Iota/Nu Eta Sigma Chapter (Former Treasurer & Mental Health Representative) 2011-2013 Professional Development
30 Credit Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)Training, Rutgers University, (2015)
24 Credit Compulsive Gambling Training, Freehold Training Center, (2015)
(DRCC) Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Introductory Course. (2015)
Relias Training on Health & Human Services 2014-Present
American Counseling Association (ACA), North Atlantic Region Treasurer 2012-2013
Attended & actively participated in the ACA Summer Institute for Leadership Training 2011 & 2012
Advocate & lobby for professional counseling issues on Capitol Hill including: Veterans Affairs, Elementary School/Secondary School funding for Counselors, Medicare, Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act
Named ACA Emerging Leader 2011 & 2012
ACA Conference volunteer 2011 & 2012
Served on the ACA review committee for conference proposals 2 012
International Association of Marriage & Family Counseling Graduate Student Committee Member 2012
New Jersey Counseling Association Emerging Leader 2011 & 2012
Voluntary service for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development Service Day 2012 in California
Participated in the American Counseling Association’s Annual Ethics Competition 2012
Active participant in Chi Sigma Iota webinars and continuing education webinars since 2011
Attended & participated in New Jersey City University’s workshop Healing the Hurting Child: The Necessary Dimensions of Child-Centered Play Therapy 2012
Attended & participated in New Jersey City University’s Sand Tray workshop 2011
Attended REBT demonstration at the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC 2011
Attended/Volunteered at Connecticut Counseling Association’s: Remembering 9/11 Workshop 2011 Presentations
The Challenge of Change: A Look at Death, Divorce, and Illness in the Family
(New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference 2013) Areas of Interests
Management & Supervision
Behavioral/Mental Health & Wellness