I have a Masters Degree in Social Work. I have a AA degree in French and speak Italian and Spanish as well. Will Tutor in all three languages to students of any age. I will assess your abilities to speak, read and write and then teach as indicated. Will work at students pace and address the needs the student requires.
I have informally taught to friends and family members. I have an AA degree in French and have taken classes in Spanish and Italian as well. I have traveled extensively in Europe and have been able to utilize my abilities to speak, read and write in all three languages of French, Italian and Spanish in my European travels over the past years.
Psychotherapist/Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Grant May 2013 to Aug 2014
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
Health and Wellness Center / Behavioral Health Clinic
5281 Honpie Road
Placerville, CA 95682
Provide social services and or clinical treatment of an advanced nature to a variety of clients with identified needs including emotionally disturbed individuals, mentally ill persons, and or substance abusers; counseling to individual and groups: crisis intervention: participate in the development and implementation of various treatment and outreach services. Coordinate Federal Suicide Prevention Grant for clients who are Native Americans from the ages of 10 to 24 years.
Clinical Social Worker III/Volunteer Coordinator Jan 2012 to May 2013
Ridgecrest Hospital Home Health and Hospice
1653 Triangle Drive
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Social Services in Home Health Care Agency and Hospice Program. Conduct Psychosocial Assessments and ongoing treatment interventions to patients and their families. Facilitate Bereavement Support Groups and ongoing bereavement services. Coordinate, recruit, train and supervisor Volunteers for the Hospice Program. Provide In-Services for interdisciplinary team. Field Instructor for MSW Intern from USC School of Social Work.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer Oct 1989 to Nov 2009
Lighthouse Staffing, Inc.
4202 Loma Street
Irvine, CA 92406
Founded this national registry for social workers and mental health professionals. Duties included developed and maintained a 1.5 million dollar budget; coordinated national marketing efforts; oversaw national recruiting; training and supervising regional staff managers; wrote and negotiated facility contracts; drafted employment and independent contract agreements; developed and implemented companywide policy and procedures and employee handbook; supervised human resources and accounting departments; oversaw business operations, fiscal management; and clinical supervision of professional staff; middle management and administrative staff.
The Professional Experiences listed below were concurrent with my work at Lighthouse Staffing Inc. These were undertaken to ensure I would keep up my clinical skills and experiences, while operating my own company on an executive and administrative level. These work opportunities enriched my overall clinical skill set. These jobs in many diverse locations around the country allowed me to provide for my daughters differing rich educational setting and social experiences valuable to their own personal and scholastic development. Unfortunately, in 2007, my husband was diagnosed with ALS, subsequently making it necessary for me to close Lighthouse Staffing, Inc and constrain my professional efforts considerably until his demise.
Clinical Director Sept 2009 to May 2010
Unity Care Group
237 Race St.
San Jose, CA 95126
Responsible for the administrative oversight and clinical supervision of Unity Care Group’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) and multiple other clinical programs related to family reunification and sustainability. Duties include provision of clinical support to ensure quality of care adherence to best practice guidelines; management of internal day-to-day operations including oversight of budget and establishment of external community relationships; facilitation ongoing staff meetings and trainings, and periodic clinical review of documentation; represented Unity Care Group on various community committees and organizations as well as providing clinical education and supervision internally and within the greater community; provided program development and implementation; ensured continuous refinement of existing programs as well as extensive outreach and program development for existing needs within the catchment area of the agency.
Community Care Program Coordinator April 2008 to Jan 2009
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
215 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05009
Responsible for the provision of Social Work Services to veterans participating in the Medical Center’s Community Care Program. This program includes the Community Contract Nursing Home Program and the Contract Adult Day Health Care Program. Responsible for site visits to ensure quality of care, liaison services, family support, monitoring, advocacy, community referrals and appropriate discharge planning. Coordinate and Conduct annual site survey inspections to both Community Contract Nursing Homes and Contract Adult Day Health Care Programs.
Psychiatric Social Worker Aug 2007 to Jan 2008
Metropolitan State Hospital
11401 South Bloomfield Avenue
Norwalk, Ca 90650
Member of Psychiatric Team providing clinical services in a forensic setting to Mentally Ill Population. Duties include researching and writing court reports; conducting psychosocial assessments; providing individual and group therapy; writing wellness and recovery treatment plans; providing case management services including money management/trust office issues, family contacts and CONREP follow-ups.
Emergency Service Clinician April 1999 to Dec 1999
Genesis Behavioral Health
111 Church Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Member of Emergency Services Team. Duties include conducting psychiatric assessment in the Emergency Room; Out-Patient clinic, all units of the medical hospital and county jail, telephone triage and crisis intervention; providing follow up clinical services in the Stabilization Clinic; assisting case managers in developing appropriate treatment plans including DBT therapy; act as a consultant to the case managers and residential treatment facility staff during crisis situations and debrief with psychiatrists and provide appropriate discharge planning.
Psychiatric Social Worker/Case Manager Aug 1997 to Aug 1998
Montana Community Partners
Division of CMG Health, Inc.
Norwest Bank Building
175 North 27th Street, Suite 1400
Billings, MT 95101
Member of the Behavioral Health Adult Team of Case Managers. Duties included crisis intervention and assessments telephonically and by computer; assigning appropriate clinical providers; reviewing and authorizing clinical treatment plans for outpatient providers as well as in-patient facilities; assist in appeals process for denied services. The population served included individuals, couples, Gero-psychiatric clients and the chronically mentally ill.
Psychiatric Social Worker III March 1996 – Aug 1997
Deaconess Psychiatric Center
2950 10th Avenue North
P.O. Box 37000
Billings, MT 59107
Member of the Psychiatric Assessment Team. Duties included conducting psychiatric assessments in the Emergency Room and facilitate direct admissions into the In-Patient Unit. Psychiatric assessments were also conducted on all units of the medical hospital and outpatient medical clinics associated with the Deaconess Medical System. This Psychiatric Assessment Team also conducted telephonic assessments for rural outlying areas in Montana. The Emergency Room assessments conducted were for the geographic area that included the Eastern part of Montana, the Western part of South Dakota and the Northern party of Wyoming, inclusive of the Indian Reservations within those geographic regions. The populations served included children, adolescents, adults, geriatric and chronically mentally ill patients.
Hospice and Medical Clinical Social Worker Aug 1986 to Jan 1996
Family Health Plan
9930 Talbert Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Hospice and medical social worker in the home health division. Duties include providing direct social services to patients, families and significant others in their homes; networking the patients and their support system to all and available community resources as indicated by their needs and treatment plan; provided in-service training to all professional staff on the appropriate role of the social worker on a home health team staff and with hospice patients and their support system; on-call social worker for after hours and weekends for all emergency situations throughout the FHP system, including psychiatric and medical emergencies that required social service intervention; provided in-house counseling and intervention to Nursing staff in the NICU unit during difficult administrative transition time. Conducted group therapy and supportive services to the Nursing staff throughout the HMO system as indicated.
Rehabilitation, Psychiatric and MCSW Sept 1987 to Oct 1989
Long Beach Community Hospital
1720 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Social Worker on the Rehabilitation Unit and float social worker to the In-Patient Psychiatric Unit, Oncology floor, NICU, Child and Maternal Health, Emergency Room and Medical/Surgical floors. Duties include conducting psychosocial assessments, individual and family counseling sessions, facilitating group therapy, conducting family conferences and providing complex discharge planning.
Manager of Rehabilitation Services Oct 1986 to Aug 1987
Visiting Nurses Association of Orange County
2500 Red Hill Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Supervised a staff of 17 Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and medical social workers in the Central Orange County area. Duties included clinical supervision of Rehab staff providing in-home direct clinical services to their patients; prepare and conduct in-service training programs within the agency and throughout the community on clinical rehab and social service issues; review and evaluate treatment plans for PT, OT, ST and MSW staff in the central Orange County area; represented the VNA on various community committees and boards including the Orange County AIDS Advisory Committee, Orange County Adult Protective Service Advisory Counsel and Orange County Oncology Social Work Association.
Director of Social Service Department Oct 1982 to Oct 1986
Goldenwest Home Health Care
17011 Beach Boulevard
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Developed a Social Service Department within an existing Home Health Care Agency. Duties included clinical supervision of all social workers providing in-home direct services throughout all of Orange County and part of Los Angeles County; performed administrative functions including staff development; in-service training for social service staff and interdisciplinary team; supervise graduate and undergraduate student interns as their field instructor for California State University at Long Beach and University of Southern California.
Psychiatric Social Worker and Consultant Aug 1981 to Oct 1982
County of Riverside, Department of Health
Office of Continuing Community Care
1695 Spruce Street
Riverside, CA 92507
Case Manager and Consultant for chronically mentally ill clients placed in a locked psychiatric facility. Duties included providing consultation and review of
treatment plans for all county patients placed in the locked facility; provided out-patient case management and therapy for caseload of 20 plus chronically mentally ill clients; interfaced and networked with the various community agencies that service this population; served as a member of Riverside County Regional Quality Assurance Committee; Co-Chair of Provider Level Peer Review Committee; member of Provider Level Utilization Review Committee; trained paraprofessionals to develop appropriate individualized treatment plans and approaches for clients in locked long-term care facility.
I have been actively involved in continuing education and community service throughout my 35 years of experience as a social worker. In this area, I have served as a guest speaker and panelist for numerous seminars including:
• Speaker at the National Social Work Association (NASW) Conference on the social worker’s role as a member on an interdisciplinary team home health care
• Speaker at the Vermont Healthcare Association on rehab guidelines for skilled nursing home patients.
• Speaker at the Post Award Conference: Bio-Medical Ethics in the Nursing Home Setting.
• Speaker at the California Association of Health Care Services at Home (CAHCS) on social work issues in home health care
• Guest appearance on “Make Today Count” a televised show discussing Cancer issues
• Facilitating “I Can Cope” an American Association of Cancer education program
• Developed and facilitated “S.H.A.R.E.” a Cancer support group in Orange County
• Served as Creator and Associate Producer of “Senior Support Services” a televised educational program on Roger’s Cable systems
• Served as Creator, Associate Producer and Host of “The Human Kind” a televised education program on Roger’s Cable systems
• Authored and edited a monthly column on home health issues for the National Association of Social Workers, California Newsletter
HONORS AND AWARDS
• 2003-2004 Fellow Lifetime Member of Continental “Who’s Who”
• 2002-2003 National Leadership Award Honorary Co-Chairman of the
Business Advisory Council
• 2001-2002 Honored Professional in the National Registry “Who’s Who”
In Executives and Professionals
• May 10, 1984 – Received State of California License (LCS 10644)
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK – MAY 1981
San Diego State University
San Diego, California
Mental Health Concentration
Master Research Project: An Exploratory Study of Independent Living Skills for
The Chronically Mentally Disabled in San Diego
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – JUNE 1979
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Major in Human Services, Mental Health Concentration
ASSOCIATES OF ARTS - JUNE 1976
Fullerton Community College, Fullerton, Fullerton, California
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