SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
I am an assertive and self-motivated credentialed clinician with strong research skills and an extensive background in counseling individuals struggling with addiction. Excellent evaluation skills with the ability to locate and promote appropriate community services for client population. Goal oriented, good documentation and organizational skills with the capability to work with individuals or groups all within a variety of settings, also with the ability to quickly establish working relationships with clients, and referral agencies’. I am Hard working, reliable, a good morale builder and able to work in a team or independently.
Ph.D. in Addiction Psychology Minneapolis, MN
Expected Graduation, spring 2019
Metropolitan College of New York
M.P.A in Public Affairs and Administration, spring, 2006 New York, NY
Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor – CASAC-2 # 20461 New York, NY
Samaritan Village- DayTop 2/2018 – Present New York, NY
Substance Abuse Specialist (CASAC)
Provided flexible treatment and support using a person centered approach to people with mental illness, and substance use disorders who are non-adherent with medication and outpatient treatment and, therefore, are high users of inpatient and emergency services. I provided highly individualized services directly to consumers in their homes and in their community to prevent from frequent hospitalizations and/or incarceration.
Addicts Rehabilitation Center 11/15- 2/2018 New York, NY
Senior Counselor (CASAC)
Provides administrative back-up for Clinical director as needed. Provide clinic oversight in the event staff are on leave or vacant. and ensure delivery of Behavioral Health Services. Oversees case notes and individual case records. Provide staff training to treatment personnel and ensures the implementation of evidence-based practices. Serves as a member or chairperson of the
Interdisciplinary Team in the development of the patient's treatment plan. Ensures the thorough and timely completion of patient treatment and reporting documentation in all systems including HRA-STARS, OASAS-CDS, agency electronic health records system, and manual records as appropriate.
Palladia Inc. CTI Program 11/14- 5/2015
Substance abuse counselor (CASAC) New York, NY
Provide comprehensive assessments, evaluations, and diagnostic summaries of chemically dependent patients. Compile Patient centered, comprehensive treatment plans, meeting the regulatory time frames. Document Pt. progress towards the goals of treatment within OASAS regulatory standards. Conduct education and therapeutic treatment protocols focused on Pt. need and OASAS regulations. Provide case management services, on behalf of Pt. with all collateral agencies. Provide necessary reports to TASC, Drug Court, Parole, DCMH, DSS, and CPS/ACS. Completed discharge summaries using OASAS required forms, and within the OASAS time frames, with appropriate aftercare in place. Provides initial mental health screenings for all patients prior to admission. Accurately complete the required documents for admission to the program. Obtain appropriately signed consents when soliciting information from, or providing information to, outside sources to protect patient confidentiality and rights.
Green-Hope Services for Women Inc. 10/13 - 2/14
Case Manager Coordinator New York, NY
Provide case management services. Conducted substance abuse intervention to individuals referred by the Department of Probation and Parole. Assisted clients in developing strategies to maintain abstinence from illicit substances through group and individual sessions, and developed comprehensive treatment plans that supported sobriety, and recovery efforts. Worked with an interdisciplinary treatment team to provide participants with services that ranged from mental health evaluations, Voc./Ed services, Family reunification and reentry back into society and documented pertinent information on weekly progress notes.
Care for The Homeless (Various Locations) 10/12-10/13
Medical CASAC Counselor New York, NY
Provided substance abuse intervention counseling to the homeless population at various sites, soup kitchens, and family shelters. Coordinated care for participants registered to the medical clinic through referrals, case conferences recommendations. Developed treatment plans, and documented clients progress on weekly progress notes. Assessed and referred clients for mental health evaluations. Developed an agency-wide substance abuse component for all contracted sites.
Harlem United Inc. 11/07-6/12
Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor New York, NY
As part of an interdisciplinary team. Primary functions included complete coordination of client care. Provided substance abuse intervention to individuals living with HIV/AIDS through group and individual sessions (harm reduction, risk reduction, and relapse prevention). Monitored/developed detailed intakes, psychosocial assessments and comprehensive care plans and implemented evidenced based practices to document and promote client progress within treatment.
Harlem United Inc. 3/08-5/12
Harm Reduction Coordinator New York, NY
Supervised the Harm Reduction evening program in the absence of the program director. Provide administrative, technical and clinical supervision. Keep Operations director, and Clinical director informed regarding changing conditions of patient problems with admission/transfer or referrals, As well as informing them of unjustified denials of admissions, transfers, or referrals. Attend weekly clinical case conference, offering conflict resolution as required. Develop, implement and evaluate clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. Performs administrative and personnel management function relative to staff supervised. Familiarity with CARF and OASAS standards and regulations, assisted in conducting program evaluations to enhance the quality of service provided to patients.
New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) 4/07-11/07
Addiction Counselor New York, NY
Provided case management services to youths and young adults referred by the Department of Probation and other community based organizations. Delivered individual and group counseling sessions around the negative effects of illicit substance use. Screened and assessed participants appropriateness for treatment and developed comprehensive treatment plans. Coordinated specific referrals for participants needs, and provided coaching and support and acted as the company’s liaison for participants at court dates and advocated to judges, attorneys and probation officer.
West Midtown Medical Group Inc. 1/05-12/06
Substance Abuse Counselor (MMTP) New York, NY
Conducted regularly scheduled sessions with a caseload of 50 patients concerning psycho-social needs. Provided case management for each patient to ensure that services are coordinated to meet each assessed need. Conducts therapy groups. Assists patients in the identification of problems, and Worked with patients in the definition of those problems. Ensures all necessary forms are completed. Maintains accurate and confidential patient records. Attended training seminars where instruction on treatment techniques and theories underlying these approaches are provided. Identifies and records significant data in the case folder regularly. Develops treatment plans for presentation and team review. Holds individual conferences with other disciplines when necessary to facilitate effective treatment throughout the agency. Meets weekly for clinical supervision with the Behavioral Health Supervisor, concerning work performed, problems encountered in the treatment process, and for case conferences. Performs all forensic collection for patients on their caseload and monitors for treatment related issues in order to update the treatment plan. Provides vocational/educational assessment, counseling and follow-up for patients not assigned to the Vocational Specialist.