New York, NY 10075
EDUCATION Columbia University – September 2006-May 2008
School of Social Work
Masters in Social Work (LCSW)
New School for Social Research – September 1994-January 1999
Bachelor of Arts – Liberal Arts
Department of Veterans Affairs – Hudson Valley Health Care System
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Substance Abuse Counselor
6/23/08 to present
*Provide diagnostic and counseling services, psychotherapy, outreach and case management to clients with serious mental illness, addiction, trauma and readjustment issues. Provide substance abuse counseling and comprehensive psychosocial assessments for veterans entering VA system. Facilitate substance abuse groups and individual supportive counseling to veterans residing in transitional housing programs. Locate returning combat & homeless vets in the community, link and navigate through VA system. Provide case management and clinical and supportive counseling to patients with chronic Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Work closely with treating psychologist and/or psychiatrist to assess patients' needs on an on-going basis, evaluate effectiveness of the treatment plan and need for revision. Determine eligibility, refer individuals to appropriate VA programs, provide follow-up. Work closely with families and children of clients/veterans; provide family and marital therapy. Work closely with medical providers to formulate a discharge plan that adequately addresses each patient's needs in the community in order to prevent re-hospitalization and/or homelessness. Assist in the discharge planning of patients from hospitals and shelters into VA residential programs, outpatient facilities or transitional housing programs. Provided task supervision to social work interns. Expanded outreach sites in the Westchester County. When necessary, conducted home visits to provide case management, advocacy and counseling.
Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (Per-Diem/Evenings) – Bronx, NY
LCSW (10 clients)
*Provide individual psychotherapy to children, youth and families. Therapies range from play therapy, social learning, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness and stress reduction, psychoeducation to parents, and marriage counseling.
The Bridge, Inc.
Continuing Day Treatment Program serving adults with chronic and persistent mental illness
Psychiatric Social Work Intern; 6/07-5/08
*Provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to adults diagnosed with mental illness and/or alcohol, substance abuse/dependence. Provided direct clinical, vocational and employment services. Worked closely with treating psychiatrists to assess patients' needs on an on-going basis. Collected and recorded psychosocial and physical data; conducted intakes, obtained biographic and demographic information. Counseled and treated patients with personal, behavioral or mental health problems. Monitored, assisted and counseled newly housed and newly employed clients with resettlement and adjustment issues. Held caseload of clients for weekly individual psychotherapy sessions (CBT, REBT and DBT therapies). Facilitated groups covering social and life skills, addiction, assertiveness training and family issues. Covered and facilitated over 80 groups in summer 2007 for absent counselors.
Substance Abuse Treatment Program; Outpatient Department
Substance Abuse Social Work Intern; 8/06-5/07
*Conducted individual weekly psychotherapy sessions (CBT and REBT therapies). Performed intake and psychosocial evaluations; obtained biographic & demographic data. Lead support groups, including life skills, relapse prevention, coping skills, anger management, PTSD and co-dependence. Performed all case management duties, assisted clients in attaining vocational training, employment and housing. Wrote clinical assessments, impressions and summaries. Devised comprehensive treatment plans. Participated in clinical grand rounds & assisted with discharge planning
United States Peace Corps
Public Health Extension Volunteer, Kenya (May 2004-June 2006)
*Launched and managed an HIV/AIDS, malaria & TB care and support center in Western Kenya supporting approximately 100 clients. Conducted HIV/AIDS classes/seminars in rural villages, churches, schools, and clinics. Implemented and managed a home-based care program covering Vihiga District. Coordinated and facilitated training sessions for local teachers and health workers. Worked with CDC and Kenya Ministry of Health officials on voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) outreaches. Developed and implemented support group for 50 HIV/AIDS clients. Worked closely with community members affected by community violence, war and terrorism. Instructed community members about sexually transmitted diseases. Provided clinical support, counseling and referrals for individuals with sexually transmitted diseases.
International Language Schools (2000-2004)
*Taught ESL/ESOL in China, Brazil and throughout New York City
*Team Leader for US-China ESL Program
*Created curriculum and developed interactive learning approaches for cross-cultural students
China: Taught High School students; Guangdong Province
Brazil: Taught High School students; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte
Brooklyn: Taught Immigrants and Refugees; Turning Point CBO in Sunset Park
Intern; February 2002-August 2002
*Assisted with development of comprehensive report on child refugees and child asylum seeker
The Caring Community
*Assisted geriatric population in New York City with shopping, appointments, bill paying and provided general support, listening and encouragement