James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 1994—1998
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Northeast Behavioral Health, Access STARR, Salem, MA
Short-term residential program for youth ages 12-18 who are currently involved in the Department of Children and Families and need a transitional place to live while additional services or foster care are put into place
Clinical Director March 2011—Current
Oversee up to twelve adolescent DCF youth; provide family and individual therapy for six-ten high risk adolescents, complete paperwork for billing including treatment plans, comprehensive assessments, progress notes, discharge; provide weekly supervision for program clinician, complete a CANS assessment on every youth; provide crisis management to staff, kids and families; attend weekly DCF and administrative meetings, lead weekly clinical meetings, organize and lead periodic team meetings, write clinical summaries for DCF and placement agencies, make referrals for neuropsychological evaluations; make appointments for kids, confer with individual therapists and guidance counselors, communicate daily with DCF and Family Networks via email or phone.
Arbour Counseling Center, School Based Program, Boston, MA
School-based counseling program within the school setting during school hours; Arbour therapists work closely with designated school staff pre-school through 12th grade students in school systems within the catchment areas of the Arbour Counseling Services sites
Therapist September2011—February 2011
Referred youth for psychological, neuropsychological and educational testing and evaluations; provided individual and group therapy, including specialized groups; participated in on-going consultations with parents and school personnel and provided clinical consultation to teachers, aides, school psychologists, and guidance counselors.
Arbour Hospital, Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Boston, MA
Inpatient level of care which emphasizes close collaboration with family members and community providers in order to provide services in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the acuity of the presenting symptoms or behaviors
Adolescent Social Worker—Per Diem May 2008—August 2010
Met individually with 8-10 adolescent patients (age 13-18) three times per week to provide coping skills education and support, crisis intervention and referrals for outpatient treatment; met with families to discuss patients’ and families’ needs; worked closely with clinical team and nurses; collaborated with collatorals in the community such as DCF, DMH, DYS, step-down programs and other supportive teams.
Arbour Hospital, Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program, Boston, MA
Structured and intensive adult psychiatric partial hospitalization program (PPHP) offering mental illness education, coping skills, symptom management, and support to patients; family meetings, medication management
Expressive Therapist—Per Diem September 2008—April 2008
Led three therapeutic groups daily; met with patients one-on-one; worked with PPHP Director to implement new partial program policies, helped to develop structure of program.
Arbour Hospital, Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program, Boston, MA
Structured adult partial program offering education to patients with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse as well as their families that encourages the acquisition of behavioral skills to manage symptoms, attain social supports, and receive mental illness and addiction treatment
Expressive Therapist and Case Manager March 2006—April 2008
Led two therapeutic groups daily; met individually with 8-10 patients three times per week to provide dual diagnosis education, support in recovery, social skills, referral for outpatient treatment; met with families to discuss patient and family needs; spearheaded project of beautifying building; worked closely with small clinical team in an intense environment
McLean Hospital, Appleton House, Belmont, MA
Therapeutic group home that provides personalized comprehensive psychiatric and rehabilitative care to individuals suffering from bipolar, dementia, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
Community Residence Counselor August 2004—February 2006
Supported therapeutic goals by maintaining milieu and developing one-on-one relationships; led bi-weekly young adults social group; encouraged engagement in residents’ treatment goals; coached residents on self-care and available resources; administered medications.
Atlantic Middle School, Quincy, MA
6-8th grade middle school of approximately 500 adolescents in the Quincy School District with an emphasis on critical thinking, cooperative learning and technology. Education includes basic skills and an understanding and appreciation for social, ethnical, and cultural differences and human rights
Guidance Counseling Intern September 2008—May 2009
Led four social lunch groups per week, one after school group; met with five students individually once per week to work on social emotional goals, such as managing depression, anxiety and implementing organizational skills; provided support to students and teachers when crisis situations arose; communicated with teachers and administrative staff regarding student needs by attending weekly meetings; stayed after school three times per week to meet with individual students in need of additional academic assistance and emotional support.
Collaborative Alternative School, Methuen, MA
Alternative middle and high school designed for special needs students with severe behavioral issues
Intern September 2004—May 2005
Counseled middle and high school students in an open art studio setting; facilitated personal growth, social skills development and situational problem-solving through art projects including poetry, song-writing, sculpture and visual art; co-planned and led art projects such as self-portraits, mosaics and visual expression with group of 10 adolescents in conjunction with Laurence Essex Art Center on a grant-funded art program. Students succeeded in presenting an art show and developing relationships with residents of an elderly care facility. Counseled four individual students over an eight-month period; relational counseling included the use of expressive therapy to nurture and maintain students’ emotional needs.
North Charles Cambridge-Somerville Social Club, Cambridge, MA
Provided clients living with mental illness opportunities for socialization, recreational activities and
InternSeptember 2003—May 2004
Maintained milieu and developed one-on-one relationships; led weekly groups including poetry, movement, and art such as pillow-making, self-portraits, mandalas, homemade holiday gifts and wall hangings; provided one-on-one counseling to members; taught techniques for members to stay motivated in therapy and increase self-reliance.
Youth Advocate Program, Harrisburg, PA
Non-profit providing community-based alternatives for care and protection of individuals affected by placement in public or private institutions
Therapeutic Support Staff January 1999 –August 2000
Coached at-risk youth, foster children and adjudicated adolescents at school, home and community; served as an aide to students during school hours; developed behavior modification programs and treatment plans for students; collaborated with students, families and therapeutic team to design healthy alternatives for students.
MEMBERSHIPS: International Expressive Arts Therapy Association member, Massachusetts School Counselors Association member, Member of CORE Team and Quality Assurance Team at NEBH in fulfilling requirements of Sanctuary Model/Trauma-Informed Model of Care, completed Rape Crisis Counseling Training through North Shore Rape Crisis Center.