Education and Professional Experience

Education:

MS - Columbia University School of Social Work (1996) - Clinical social work with a special emphasis on research.
BS- Southern Vermont College (1996) - Major in social work, minor in psychology.

Current Employment:

Rambler Mental Health
CEO
Toms Rirver, New Jersey
Responsible for all aspects of programming, budget, and planning. Provides psychotherapy to adolescent and adult clients. Provides clinical supervision toward professional licensure for professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers. Providing both clinical and ethical consultation for mental health professionals. Provides ethical and whistleblower support to individuals struggling with ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Provides brokerage services and expert opinion on clinical and ethical quandaries for lawyers, judges, and other court related staff. Provides trainings for all levels of healthcare professionals in the areas of clinical supervision, ethics, and whistleblowing.

Past Employment:

Meridian Behavioral Health System LLC
Consultant and Interim Program Director
Franklin, Tennessee

Served as a clinical consultant under Government Relations for Meridian Behavioral Health. This included being the Interim Director of Clinical Services and Director of Intensive Outpatient Programs. Responsibilities included all aspects of clinical programming for a 124-bed inpatient hospital setting that spanned seven distinctly different inpatient units. Inpatient programs served both adolescent and adult populations respectively. Also served as the Program Director responsible for all aspects of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The outpatient program served adult clients. Provided training and clinical supervision to clinical and milieu staff respectively. Provided training and supervision to the Trauma Informed Care Team (group of lead mental health technicians). Responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory standards for both the inpatient and outpatient departments. Responsible for budget and performance data. Ensured that all operations of departments and programs under my supervision were both under budget, high performing, and in compliance with regulatory standards. Created and developed policies, procedures, and outcome studies for all program areas. Coordinated application for the addition substance abuse services in accordance with SAMSHA guidelines. This included both a detox and long-term substance abuse program. Worked collaboratively, through regular meetings, with insurance companies to assure best practices and to provide high quality data for their performance measurement metrics. Served as an adjunct faculty and intern supervisor for Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Social Work. Also, worked collaboratively with LSU design faculty and students, as an interdisciplinary approach, to provide clinical insight into healthcare design projects..

Acadia Healthcare
Director of Social Services and Program Director
Covington, Louisiana

Maintained a dual role as the Director of Social Services and Outpatient Program Director at Covington Behavioral Health. Ensured compliance with regulatory standards. Created and developed policies, procedures, and outcome studies for all program areas. Set individualized performance goals for staff, as well as, budgetary and performance goals for my departments. Provided staff trainings for all staff. Responsible for the creation and utilization of research and performance improvement data. Provided performance evaluations, performance improvement plans, and progressive discipline as needed. Worked collaboratively with both internal and external constituencies and agencies to foster collaborative relationships to meet the needs of a diverse client population. Fostered and supervised a diverse and inclusive work force to meet the complex needs of our patients in both the inpatient and outpatient programs respectively. Managed substance abuse detox thematic with SAMHSA guidelines and protocols.

Loyal Source Government Services
Clinical Social Worker
Melbourne, FL

Provided psychotherapy services to active duty service members at Patrick AFB -45th MDOS through Loyal Source Government Services on an annual contract. Provided individual and couples therapy. Provided trauma informed therapy. Certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for trauma victims through The Center for Deployment Psychology. Provided eyes on supervision for paraprofessionals and non-credentialed providers. Patients include active duty service members from all branches of the US Armed Forces.

Independent Contractor
Clinical Social Worker
Ormond Beach, FL

Provided psychotherapy services to elderly patients on an as needed basis as a Medicare provider in the state of Florida. Worked collaboratively with external agencies and families to meet the needs of patients in assisted living and skilled nursing programs. Managed all aspects of office budgeting. Adjunct faculty, internship supervisor, and clinical supervisor for University of Central Florida Daytona Beach Campus.

National Deaf Academy
Clinical Social Worker
Mount Dora, FL

Provided psychotherapy services to adolescents and adults who are deaf, hard of hearing, or autistic. Provided and coordinated services to residents from multiple states and systems. Provided individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and wellness services to both adolescents and adults..

Private Practice
Clinical Social Worker
Ormond Beach, FL

Maintained a private psychotherapy practice. Provided supervision to master’s level social work students through The University of Central Florida’s School of Social Work - Daytona Beach campus. Provided individual, family, and couples therapy to patients on an outpatient basis.

Psychiatric Solutions Inc.
Interum Director of Clinical Services, Residential Services, and Performance Improvement
Charlottesville, VA

Recruited for a one-year commitment for a senior management position to implement organizational change to a residential treatment program. In this multiple role position, I coordinated program planning meetings (SWOT analysis), multidisciplinary program development meetings, and supervision meetings for clinical and mid-level managers. Responsible for the creation and utilization of research and performance improvement data for all aspects of patient care and employee satisfaction thematic with best practices in research and patient delivery models of care. Presented research, clinical models, outcomes research, and strength based programming and marketing data to JCAHO, VA state licensing representatives, VA Human Rights representatives, and other concerned constituencies. Increased patient census and program profitability through improved relations with referral sources and creation of new programs. Patients included a broad range of psychiatric disorders, as well as, dually diagnosed patients. Adjunct faculty and intern supervisor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Private Practice
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Brattleboro, VT

Maintained a full-time private psychotherapy practice for patients ranging from early childhood to adulthood. Provided consultation and training services for local school systems and the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF). Provided psychosexual assessments for juvenile and adult sexual offenders. Provided brokerage services for judges, lawyers, and DCF. Provided expert witness testimony in child custody and sexual offender court proceedings.

Retreat Healthcare
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Brattleboro, VT

Provided psychotherapy and case management as a per-diem Social Worker in the Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (CAPHP) with children and adolescents within the age range of 6-18. Provided staff training for the treatment and supervision of sexually reactive youth.

Trinitas Hospital - New Point Campus
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Elizabeth, NJ

Coordinated mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults in the outpatient and inpatient unit within the department of psychiatry. Provided court-ordered evaluations and treatment for adjudicated sexual offenders and sexually inappropriate youth. Worked within a supervision team framework with probation, NJ-Family Services, and the courts in an effort to ensure community safety. Served as a member on the Domestic Violence, Adult Sexual Offender, and Juvenile Sexual Offender specialized treatment teams. Coordinated and supervised a domestic violence outcome study to assess the ability of domestic violence treatment to reduce future criminal charges after a six and twelve month follow up study. Coordinated psychotherapy services for college age adults living in an independent living program. Served as liaison and therapist for Union County College Counseling Center. Coordinated program development, quality improvement, productivity/utilization review, and research programs with the New Jersey Youth Services Commission and Union County Courts for continued funding. Developed and implemented outcome studies and performed grant writing. Served as the head of the Juvenile Sexual Offender grant program and maintained data to increase funding three times during my tenure. see less IEP Youth Services Inc. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Company NameIEP Youth Services Inc. Full-time Dates EmployedJan 1999 – Aug 1999 Employment Duration8 mos LocationFreehold, New Jersey, United States Coordinated services for incarcerated adolescent sexual offenders and MICA population at the New Jersey Training School for Boys. Provided progress updates and utilization review summaries to the Sexual Offender Classification Committee to ensure continued grant funding. Provided testimony, assessments, treatment summaries, evaluations and recommendations for the courts.

Atlantic Health System
Clinical Coordinator
Liberty Corner, NJ

Served as the head of a multi-disciplinary treatment team at Bonnie Brae Residential School for Boys. Coordinated educational services, psychotherapy, and health and wellness services. Provided comprehensive Adventure Based Counseling/Experiential Education programming. Participated in training and supervision through the Minuchin Center for the Family. Provided salient court testimony on behalf of the adolescents being treated at the program. Provided staff orientation, training, and supervision for sexual offender programming.

Bennington School Inc.
Residential Counselor/Mental Health Tech
Bennington, VT

Served as a mental health technician at Bennington School. Worked with adolescents in residential treatment.