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Social emotional international school counsellor with 10 plus years experience developing and implementing effective adolescent counselling support.
  • Expertise in a range of therapeutic modalities
  • Strong leadership skills, collaborative team member, empathetic & effective advisor
  • Passionate student advocate
  • Focused on helping the teen realize their full potential beyond academics
  • Crisis training and response {PREPaRE, CIBITS, Sanford}
  • Sexual heath educator
  • Certified social skills / interaction trainer for teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • Bowen Family Therapist trained
08/2010 to Current
Professional School Counselor The Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Monitored students academic progress, mental health and sociability through ongoing individual assessments.
Followed-up with outside mental health service providers to coordinate in-school support.
Worked collectively with education professionals to deliver in-school counseling support for identified students.
Built the Big Brothers - Big Sisters US - LS student support program
Planned, implemented and co-taught 'morning breakfast US female empowerment group with School Psychologist
Planned, implemented and co-taught the grade 6 & 7 Understanding Sisterhood Friday program
Started a student support group, 'split peas' for children whose families were in transition due to divorce
Certified Parenting Trainer - offered parenting and child support workshops to parents
Worked collectively with colleagues to deliver activities and supports for school transitions
08/2001 to 06/2010
High School Counsellor TEDA International School Tianjin Shi
Established developmentally-appropriate support groups and activities for high school.
Promoted parent and teacher partnerships and communications to support students educational goals.
Coordinated the development and implementation of student Individualized Education Plans/Programs (IEPs).
Delivered a comprehensive high school guidance curriculum to grades 9 - 12
Established the first grade 9 - 12 community service program
Established the first grade 11 work experience program
Senior administration team member
Delivered monthly 'coffee & conversation' parenting classes and book chats
10/1993 to 11/1994
Family Individual Case Worker Big Brothers Big Sisters Grimsby, ON
Interviewed, trained and matched  volunteers to their little brother/ sisters
Trained little brothers / sisters and their families in sexual abuse prevention
Collected and maintained records

08/1990 to 06/1991
Volunteer School Counsellor St. Peter's Anglican School Orange Walk, Orange Walk District
Worked with at-risk senior students
Provided strategies, support, guidance
12/1988 to 05/1990
Social Worker Durham Regional Family Serivces Whitby, ON Contract social worker- individual care for young adult clients with mental health challenges
06/1987 to 10/1988
Social Worker Scarborough General Hospital Toronto, ON Psychiatric Care Worker
Education and Training
BASc: Applied Science University of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada Exceptional Children
Master of Arts: Counselling The University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada Post Graduate Degree of Education, Faculty of Counselling Psychology, Diploma in Guidance Studies
Certificate: Crisis Response Trauma and Life Counseling Fort Payne, AL, United States Disaster, terrorism and psychological first aid; understanding the mental health treatment of acute trauma
Certificate: Bullying American School Counselor Association Alexandria, VA, United States Bullying Prevention Certificate
Certificate: Bown Family Therapy International Social Service Hong Kong Branch Hong Kong Family Counselling
Certificate: Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Partnership Limited Hong Kong
  • Bullying Prevention for teens with ASD- with practicum
  • Practical Applications of Teaching Social interaction – with practicum
National Certification : Applied Behaviour Analysis Capilano University North Vancouver, BC, Canada in process
Post- Graduate Certiifcation : Human Sexuality University of Alberta Edmonton, AB, Canada

Sexual Health Educator

Activities and Honors
Ministry of Education- Teacher- subject specific - K-12 Counseling and Guidance #L209834
Member of American School Counsellor Association
Member of the Ontario School Counsellors Association
Member of the International School Counsellor Association

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Visionary, with excellent leadership skills, a clear and broad perspective of tasks, and an ability to motivate and inspire others. Experienced service provider and education advocate. Expert networker and relationship builder, able to interact well with a wide range of personality types across all functional and management levels.
Education and Training
May 2012
NYACK COLLEGE Nyack, New York Interdisciplinary Studies Business Communications and English
  • Strong communicator
  • Detail-oriented
  • Team player
  • Passion for social work
  • Skilled mediator
  • Counseling
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Natural leader
  • Case planning
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Charismatic public speaker
  • Creative Writing
10/2016 - Current
SCO Family of Services Jamaica, NY Foster Care Case worker
  • Provide safety and needs assessments in order to facilitate the development and implementation of family service plans;.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation of services provided to families on progress notes and FASP's, in CNNX database systems;.
  • Establish contact with children, birth parents, and foster families within 48 hours of placement.
  • Provide counseling, referrals and advocacy to clients and families in accordance with service plan goals.
  • Ensure that all families receive contractually obligated services including regular home visits, school visits, and case conferences. 
  • Compose Permanency Hearing Reports, court reports, and make court appearances for the needs of the families and the agency.
  • Conduct face-to-face and home casework contacts every month to assess child safety, provide support, and discuss progress towards permanency; additional contacts to be conducted as needed.
  • Prepare court reports and other legal documentation to provide updates regarding casework with families.
  • Testify in family court proceedings regarding the status of cases.
  • Make referrals for services for children and families both internally and externally.
  • Coordinate and participate regularly in conferences with families, children, and foster parents regarding safety, permanency and well-being.
  • Coordinate, supervise, and assess visits weekly between parents/family resources and their children, using proper observation and coaching methods.
  • Available 24/7 to handle crises or emergencies, such as psychiatric hospitalizations, whenever they occur.
  • Communicate and work effectively with SCO foster care support staff.
  • Interview clients individually and with families to determine what services would best address their needs.
  • Advise clients on community resources, made referrals and devised realistic treatment plans.

06/2014 - 08/2016
Harlem Children Zone Student Advocate
  • Maintaining and developing partnerships with families through biweekly check ins regarding goal setting, behavior modifications, and academic interventions to foster student success.
  • Works daily one on one with students to hone and develop academic, social, and personal skill sets necessary for success.
  • Schedule school visits, meets with guidance counselors and teachers to discuss the students' academic progress.
  • Schedule weekly advisement/ counsel sessions with all students.
  • Heavy Case Management-Create and maintain case notes for the purpose of tracking student progress in order to inform student intervention strategies.
  • Develop a curriculum and write lesson plans for career and college prep, test taking, and social awareness seminars.
  • Teach lesson plans to a classroom of 30 students daily.
  • Train students on nutrition and cooking organic meals.
02/2013 - Current
SCO Bridges to Health Waiver Service Provider
  • Provides a variety of waiver services to youth and families, including family/caregiver supports and services, skill building, planned respite (for children with developmental delays or emotional disturbance) among other services.
  • Assists in crisis avoidance as necessary.
  • Participates in the development of Detailed Service Plan goals and objectives for youth and families related to the Waiver Service Provider role.
05/2012 - 09/2013
The Ivy Key New York, NY SAT Test Prep Proctor
  • Monitor test rooms and helped enforce time limits and compliance with other examination procedures.
  • Answered questions concerning procedures and discrepancies in test booklets.
  • Collected input data into the exam database.
01/2009 - 08/2011
Nyack College New York, NY Writing Lab, Writing Tutor
  • Tutored students in specific course material and integrate study and learning strategies to promote independent learning.
Vice President Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc. 
NY Alumni Chapter, 2013-2015
Cooking, event planning, traveling, local community organizing

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Professional Summary
Highly skilled and empathetic social worker with 15 years experience in  working with children and families who are experiencing family breakdown and/or child protection concerns.  Skilled in assessments, intakes, referrals, crisis management and case management.  Additionally 7 years successfully teaching and supervising student social workers.
Ability to reflect on practice as well as use reflection in practice. 

Excellent communication Skills especially during stressful or difficult situations.

Excellent Multi Agency working relationships and ability to build and maintain professional relationships with outside service providers.

Proficient in writing assessments within strict timelines

Ability to work fast and efficiently.

Desire to learn new skills and take on new tasks. 


  Extremely organized which aids in excellent time management. 

  Focused on positive outcomes for clients and their families.

NY State certified Mediator in Parent/Teen Conflict.

Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with families and couples. 

 NY State Licensed LMSW.

Work History
Multi Agency Support Hub Senior Social Worker 01/2016 to Current
The London Borough Of Bromley Bromley, England
Worked as part of a multi agency service to review and research incoming referrals to Children's Social Care and assess the needs of the families to identify the level of service required.

Assess child protection concerns while considering current legislation in order to identify the level of risk while working directly with Management to escalate and action high risk cases. 

Identify appropriate outside support services and refer families to these agencies where the identified level of need did not meet social care thresholds. 

Speak directly with professionals, members of the public, and families wanting support or services for themselves or others and gathering the relevant information to ensure the correct level of support was identified and implemented. 

Additional task included supervising student social workers and student Practice Educators. 
Teenage and Parent Support Service Senior Social Worker 02/2013 to 01/2016
The London Borough Of Bromley Bromley, England
Supported the Manger by working directly with team members to review cases and identify the necessary interventions and make recommendations for future case work. 

Scheduled and lead monthly peer group supervision sessions which covered topics such as  the impact of parental mental health issues on young people, the implication of placing an adolescent into local authority care, adolescent brain development and developmental stages, psychosocial approaches to working with adolescents, safeguarding concerns, and benefit changes specifically around housing.

Chair Child In Need Meetings for team members and develop constructive action plans which identified future work, support services, and made recommendations when more intense child protection support may be required.

Additional task of supervising student social worker.

Case work the high risk referrals that came into the service.
Teenage and Parent Support Service Social Worker 01/2009 to 02/2013
The London Borough Of Bromley Bromley, England
Receive and review referrals in regards to families with young people age 11-17 who are experiencing difficulties that could result in family breakdown.

Assess the client's needs, develop and implement a plan of intervention that considers AOP and ADP and focuses on such areas as parenting skills, communication, rules and boundaries, and mediation.

Manage a caseload of families with adolescents who are deemed to be either Children In Need or Looked After Children. 

Maintain and update all relevant paperwork and reports in a timely and effective manner. 

Additional Task of supervising student social workers.  
Family Solutions Specialist 01/2008 to 01/2009
Family & Children's Association (FCA) Mineola, NY
Manage a caseload of P.I.N.S. (Person In Need of Supervision) Diversion cases for clients living in Nassau County, New York. ·     

Meet with the clients at the client's home or at the office to discuss their issues and concerns in regards to a certain adolescent within their home.  

Assess the clients needs and make referrals accordingly.  The referrals included but were not restricted to individual therapy, family therapy, anger management, family mediation, parenting skills, substance abuse counseling, and mental health services.

Monitor the progress of the adolescent and the family and continually reexamine the issues and concerns and make recommendations on additional services or interventions that may assist the situation. 

Maintain the case record for each client and complete state and agency required documents and reports.

 Where necessary assist the family in accessing the family court system and apply for a P.I.N.S. petition.  
Direct Care Worker 08/2006 to 01/2008
Mercy First Syosset, NY
Monitored and recorded the daily activities and behaviors of adolescent mothers and their babies living in a group home setting.   

Provided a safe and secure environment through counseling, verbal intervention techniques, and crisis management. 

 Taught the mothers valuable skills on how to care for, play with, educate, and prepare food for their babies. 

Transported the mothers and their babies to and from medical appointments, their place of employment, and home visits.

Supervised and helped the mothers with daily chores and meal preparation.

Distributed psychotropic medication to those mothers with psychiatric diagnosis.  
Student Social Worker 09/2006 to 06/2007
Lindenhurst High School Lindenhurst, NY
Provided scheduled therapeutic services to students mandated to counseling through their individual education plans as well as students who requested services due to emotional and social issues that affected their performance during the school day.

Provided crisis management to students who encountered difficulties during the school day, such issues included suicidal and homicidal ideation.

Facilitated several social skills groups with special education students possessing physical, emotional, social, and developmental disabilities.  One of the social skills groups included students with severe developmental and emotional disabilities like mental retardation, autism, and aspergers disorder. 

Developed and monitored social skills goals for Individual Education Plans.

Participated in C.S.E. (Committee on Special Education) meetings for those students who received special education services. 
Case Worker 08/2004 to 08/2006
Mercy First Syosset, NY
Manage a caseload of foster care cases for adolescent males in residential placement and on after care services.

Served as a member of a treatment team to develop monthly treatment plans focused on each client's individual needs.

Maintained direct communication and worked on cases with New York state social service agencies in the following counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings, New York and Bronx.

Maintained consistent contact with the family members and legal guardians of the adolescent males in residential placement.

Scheduled and organized weekly home visits and family visits held on the facility grounds. In addition, made airline reservations and purchased tickets for those family members located out of the state.

Facilitated adoption services for the legally freed adolescents including several appearances on the Channel 4 news program, Wednesday's Child.  

Facilitated transfers from the residential treatment center to psychiatric hospitals when necessary. 

 Attended and testified in family and criminal courts.

Gathered information for and wrote weekly progress notes, Family Assessment Service Plans (FASPs), court depositions, court reports, and psychosocial assessments.
Child Care Worker 08/2003 to 08/2004
Mercy First Syosset, NY
Monitored and recorded the daily activities of adolescent males placed by the court in a residential treatment center for participating in juvenile delinquent acts.

Provided a safe and secure environment by using verbal intervention techniques and physical intervention techniques, when deemed necessary.

Conducted and participated in daily community meetings, discussing issues and concerns related to the adolescents' behaviors and feelings while in placement.

Helped the adolescents' to improve on their social skills, decision making skills, anger management issues, and peer conflict issues through daily counseling and crisis management. 

Transported the adolescents to activities off of the campus grounds and to home visits. 
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology 2002 University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
Masters Degree: Social Work 2007 Fordham University Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Master of Arts: Practice Education 2013 Goldsmiths, University of London - England, United Kingdom

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Rutgers University - Camden, NJ | Master of Social Work 2007
Richard Stockton College of NJ - Pomona, NJ | Bachelor of Social Work 2006
Work History
ACP Specialist | 10/2018 to Current
Iris Plans Inc. - Austin, TX

Developed remote, web based new hire training for all member facing roles inclusive of clinical and non-clinical staff.  Successfully coached newly hired facilitators to competency in the Iris ACP facilitation model and Iris proprietary technology.   Developed facilitator training assessment.  Assessed for learning needs and developed training, manuals, and job aids for existing staff members as needed.  Implemented an online resource library for staff to easily access resource material. Collaborated with team to further develop, implement, and evaluate program efficacy.  Served in all member facing roles to fulfill organizational need.

Senior Training Specialist | 04/2018 to 09/2018
Highmark Health - Pittsburgh, PA

Responsible for applying adult learning theories to implement and deliver in person and remote training on a variety of topics for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Collaborated with business partners and subject matter experts to assess training needs, design, and develop effective training.  Served as a subject matter expert in Motivational Interviewing and member engagement.

Trainer/Coach | 01/2016 to 04/2018
Vital Decisions - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Responsible for participating in the training department's development and implementation of training curriculum to achieve company outcomes.  Provide initial new hire training as well as ongoing training and education for staff regarding Advance Care Planning and Motivational Interviewing.  Provided individual MI coaching and development sessions to staff as needed.

Professional Development Specialist | 09/2014 to 01/2016
Vital Decisions - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Responsible for continuing the process of on-boarding and training newly hired specialists.  Strengthened foundational knowledge of Advance Care Planning and Motivational Interviewing skills for new specialists.  Provided individual and group education and MI coaching sessions.  Coached new specialists surrounding working through initial struggles and barriers to learning the role and developing strategies for long term success.

Healthcare Counselor | 04/2013 to 10/2014
Vital Decisions - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Provided telephonic service to clients experiencing complex medical situations. Utilized Motivational Interviewing skills to collaborate with and empower clients to improve communication with doctors and family members and incorporate quality of life priorities and preferences into health care decision making process. Facilitated peer learning groups to compliment learning of Motivational Interviewing. Participated in MI Implementation Team meetings.

Director of Social Services | 09/2008 to 03/2013
Collingswood Manor - Collingswood, New Jersey Responsible for the psycho-social well-being and advocacy for residents in Residential, Assisted Living, Sub-Acute Rehab and Long Term Care settings.  Provided monthly and as needed staff in-services and training. Implemented and followed interdisciplinary care plans. Arranged safe discharge for SAR residents. Investigated and resolved grievances and complaints. Gathered data and compiled reports for quarterly quality assurance reviews. Facilitated monthly Alzheimer's Association care giver support group.
Social Worker | 07/2007 to 09/2008
VITAS Hospice - Mount Laurel, NJ Provided social services in the home, long term care, and inpatient hospice settings.  Provided hospice/palliative care education in professional and community settings. Participated in interdisciplinary team's development and implementation of ongoing plans of care. Provided end of life and bereavement counseling in individual and group settings. 
Case Worker | 04/2007 to 07/2007
VITAS Hospice - Mount Laurel, New Jersey Responsible for administrative duties and Medicaid billing procedures. Processed donations to VITAS Foundation. 
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
Recipient of Hartford Gerontology Fellowship, 2007
Gerontology Certificate- Hartford Geriatric Fellowship/Rutgers University, 2007
Accepted into the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Train the Trainer workshop, 2017

Licensed Social Worker - New Jersey