Suzanne Russell Thornberry MSW LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 14+ years of experience in medical and mental health settings, working with diverse populations in private practice, health care, outpatient, inpatient and school based treatment settings. NM Social Work License #C-00618
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work - Board Certified Diplomate #60538 CORE COMPETENCIES
TRUE SELF COUNSELING, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Owner/Principal, 2006 – present
• Develop, monitor and update all business associated activities for the practice (financial, marketing, state and government regulation compliance, insurance/claims billing, staffing, staff management, insurance contract negotiation, credentialing and peer networking.
• Conduct intakes with clients, assessments, treatment planning and provide counseling services based on the information and presentation from the client(s) perspective.
• Arrange and refer as needed for additional testing, assessment, medication management or higher levels of care, follow up and discharge planning from therapeutic services.
• Community coordination on current programs in the local area and identification of resources for clients participation and access.
• Practice individual, family and group therapies with clients from a solution-focused and client-centered approach to improve the functional capacity when working with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
• Trained and proficient in DSM-V diagnoses, ICD-10 and current CPT coding. PRESBYTERIAN KASEMAN HOSPITAL – EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, ALBUQUERQUE, NM Medical Social Work Case Manager, 2018 – present
• Responsible for evaluating, developing, and implementing appropriate discharge plans which take into account the psychosocial and financial needs of patients and their families.
• Function as an advocate and liaison to the multidisciplinary healthcare team and be responsible for discharge plans which will achieve optimal patient outcomes.
• Document all assessments, interventions and plans in the medical record.
• Set up durable medical equipment for delivery, assist with obtaining medication, assist with patient transition from Emergency Department to Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Acute Rehabilitation transfers, referrals to Home Healthcare and community resources related to social problems.
• Collaborate with Emergency Department providers to understand the expected needs of the patient and provide recommendations for safe transition plans to prevent inappropriate inpatient admissions.
• Participate in all policies, records, data and reports as necessary for satisfaction of State, Federal, and Joint Commissions regulations.
RETURNING TO BALANCE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Clinical Director/Therapist, 2006 – 2012
• Provide direct support and supervision to clinical staff of four practitioners.
• Monitor, update, comply and train staff on all state and federal regulations as they pertain to clinical providers and managed care contracts.
• Effectively and efficiently credential all clinical staff.
• Provide individual and family therapy with clients on an ongoing basis. UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
School Based Health Clinical Therapist, 2007 – 2009
• Conduct psychosocial assessments and intakes and provide individual, family and group therapy to students in a public school setting.
• Perform initial clinical assessments for self- harm, suicidality and crisis intervention.
• Diagnose, formulate treatment plans to address problems in functioning, refer for further services and discharge students from treatment with post treatment activities.
• Use short-term and brief solution-focused modalities with proven evidenced based strategies.
• Collaborate, problem solve and consult with various school staff members/faculty and administrators to develop an integrated approach to treatment.
• Complete and maintain all clinical documents related to students receiving services in a timely manner and according to Albuquerque Public Schools and State requirements.
• Performed educational presentations and trainings for school personnel and parents based on topics of interest and needs of students.
DESERT HILLS ADOLESCENT TREATMENT CENTER, ALBUQUERQUE, NM Day Treatment Therapist, 2005 – 2006
• Conduct in-depth psychological assessments and assign DSM-IV diagnoses for adolescent patients.
• Develop treatment plans with measurable goals together with patient, his/her family or guardian, and occasionally courts and/or probation officers.
• Provide intensive and behaviorally oriented individual, family, and group therapy.
• Analyze and facilitate referrals to community (public), private, state, and federal agencies based on psychosocial need (e.g. financial programs, medication assistance programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, transportation services, higher levels of care, and/or substance abuse resources and programs) and advocate for client receiving those services.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external treatment team members (e.g. teachers, psychiatrists, counselors, CYFD affiliates, law enforcement).
• Work independently as well as part of a treatment team.
• Comfortable knowledge and training in personal safety issues related to working with patients, crisis responding and the importance of boundaries.
• Complete all necessary documentation accurately and timely to ensure compliance with all regulatory boards and commissions.
NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY, Las Vegas, NM
Masters in Social Work (Direct Practice), May 2005
• GPA: 4.0
• Honor Society
• Dean’s List
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and Mac applications
• Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
• Trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
• Former American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer and Coach