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Mental Health Management

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
January 06, 2017

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Samantha Pearl Torch, LCSW

*** ***** ****** ** #**** Atlanta, Ga 30308 404-***-****


New York University School of Social Work - New York, NY

Masters of Science in Social Work: May 2007

University of Georgia - Athens, GA

Bachelor of Social Work: May 2006


Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Georgia LCSW number: CSW005411

Emory University Ethics Consortium- Atlanta, GA 2016

Applied Behavioral Analysis Certification- New York, NY, June 2007

Post-Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice- NYU, March 2008

Evidence Based Treatment for Disruptive Behavior Disorders Training - NYS Office of Mental Health, August 2007


●Motivated independent practitioner with excellent clinical and client relationship skills

●Tenacious problem solver with keen ability to deliver innovative solutions

●Strong team player interested in the collaborative approach to practice

●Supportive leader expecting accountability and clinical excellence


Dekalb Medical- Senior Palliative Care Counselor 10/14 - Present

Atlanta, Ga

●Initiated and formed Palliative Care Service consult team at DeKalb Medical.

●Established relationships with physicians, nurses, case managers and community hospice agencies.

●Authored Student Intern Orientation Manual, physician education materials, and wrote and developed various written program materials

●Provided supervision for multiple masters level social work students.

●Developed Program Goals for Palliative Care Program.

●Function as the palliative care expert to the internal medicine service, as well as other consulting physician services, nurses, therapists, and case management.

●Participate and present difficult cases and palliative care education on an Ethics Committee on a consult basis

●Serve as the palliative care expert in ICU setting. This involves working closely with Intensivists and nurses to enroll patients in hospice at the hospital or have them transferred to an inpatient hospice facility, significantly impacting length of stay and decreasing death in the hospital rates.

●Served on hospital wide Standards of Behavior Engagement Committee, as well Ethics committee serving three different locations across DeKalb Medical system.

Grady Health System- Medical Social Worker 09/13 - 10/14

Atlanta, Ga

●Provided link to local supportive services: employment opportunities, job training, healthcare services, and substance abuse recovery.

●Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to provide holistic care for hospitalized patients experiencing life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and their families.

●Assisted in development and implementation of Palliative Care Social Work interventions for hospital-wide Palliative and Supportive Consult Service.

●Provide psychosocial assessment, patient/family support, grief counseling, and advance care planning as a member of the Palliative Care Team

●Facilitate family meetings and communication between patients/families and health care team.

●Provided coverage for social worker for Behavioral Health Consultation services

●Performed assessment and treatment planning for Neurological Step-Down unit

Community Counseling and Mediation- Psychotherapist 11/07 - 4/11

Brooklyn, NY

●Responded to crisis situations involving children in an abusive/neglectful situation

●Investigated referrals/complaints relative to alleged child abuse or neglect

●Interviewed individuals associated with a referral/complaint

●Documented all relevant and appropriate information obtained from interview

●Examined children for signs of abuse or neglect

●Identified clients' primary needs and made appropriate referrals to community resources

●Determined risk to individual by gathering information via telephone, written reports, collateral contacts, and face-to-face contact with clients and community in accordance with established procedures

Karen Horney Clinic- Psychotherapist, Trauma, Child and Adolescent Program 5/07-11/10

New York, NY

●Provided long-term therapeutic services for children and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric problems including depression, anxiety, psychosomatic disorders, school phobias, sleep disturbance, obsessive compulsive disorder and family systems issues.

●Educated children and parents in changing characteristic and self-defeating behaviors, while assisting in adjusting to certain life circumstances such as school issues, divorce, eating disorders and a wide range of trauma experiences.

●Monitored, evaluated, and recorded patients’ progress according to measurable goals described in treatment plans created by therapist.

●Collaborated with clients’ schools, case managers, rehabilitation facilities, foster care agencies and housing authorities when clinically indicated, and made referrals and connections with outside community resources.

Institute for Urban Family Health: The River Center – Social Work Intern 06 – 07

Bronx, NY

●Provided long and short-term psychotherapy treatment for severely emotionally disturbed adults and adolescents unable to afford insurance.

●Provided long and short-term play therapy treatment for severely emotionally, physically and/or sexually abused children.

●Coordinated patient care with team psychiatrists, physicians, and nurses.

●Developed individual treatment plans and assessments based on DSM diagnoses.

●Conducted comprehensive intake sessions including making referrals when necessary.

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems Homeless Day Service Center - Social Work Intern 05 – 06

Athens, GA

●Provided intensive case management for Supportive Housing Program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

●Managed a caseload of 20+ ongoing homeless clients dually diagnosed with chronic mental illness and substance abuse issues.

●Honed and utilized diagnostic, evaluation and referral skills, and developing coordinated and mutual treatment plan development.

●Provided link to local supportive services: employment opportunities, job training, healthcare services, and substance abuse recovery.

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