Helping Hands Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapist, Reunification Specialist, Supreme Court Certified Family Divorce Mediator, Social Investigator, Social Investigator, Supervised Visitation Monitor, Parent Education Instructor including parent Aliention, Qualified Parent Coordinator, Supervised Visitation Program Director
Practices privately serving individual adults, adolescents, children as well as families. Services include screening, assessment, treatment and recommendations for: Reunification therapy, parent alienation, parenting skills, parent time-sharing, domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, family risks, needs and strengths, substance abuse, mental health, individual and family behavior modification, individual, group and family counseling for anger management interventions, stress management interventions, child development, domestic violence and abuse, teach parent education classes, crisis intervention and management, substance abuse, parenting skills, conflict resolution, biopsychosocial assessments; Forensic services as a Social Investigator, Certified Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator.
Provides direct services to the general public, as well as consults with attorneys in the areas listed above. Receives referrals from the 13th Judicial Circuit to conduct court ordered individual mental health & substance abuse assessments, parenting assessments, family assessments, parent alienation assessments, reunification therapy, supervised visitation, timeshare changes, home studies, provide recommendations for adults, children and families. Authored a DCF approved Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course curriculum and certified to teach the course.
Provides surrounding communities with hope, support, education and treatment for individuals and families of all ages troubled by disordered life patterns, social concerns, behavioral concerns, mental health concerns, relationship issues, family issues.
Competent to testify regarding: parent and child reunification assessment and therapy, parent alienation, parenting plans and time-sharing evaluations, child custody issues, family and marital relationships, child development, clinical diagnosis, mental health assessments, substance abuse assessments, family assessments, parenting assessments, parenting skills, parental alienation, home studies, biopsychosocial assessments. Led instruction for anger and aggression management, domestic violence, stress management. Testified as an expert witness in the 13th Judicial circuit.
BayCare Health Systems:Community Health Care
Marriage and Family Therapist; Social Investigation work; Parent Coordination work, Reunification assessment and therapy, Field Based Programs: Family Intensive Treatment (FIT) for substance abuse, Urgent Family Care (UFC) for mental health, Family Intervention Services (FIS), Children’s Case Manager for substance abuse and mental health, Parent Education
Worked for a managed community health care system with BayCare Health Systems obtaining direct referrals from Child Protective Services, and Youth and Family Alternatives/Eckerd, providing individual adults, adolescents, children and families with screening, assessment, treatment and recommendations for: reunification, parenting skills and parent education, domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, family risks, needs and strengths, parent alienation, parental time-sharing, substance abuse, mental health, individual and family behavior modification, individual and family counseling for anger management interventions, parenting skills, parent education, behavior modification, stress management interventions, child development, domestic violence and abuse, crisis intervention and management, substance abuse, parenting skills, conflict resolution, social investigation work, parent coordination work.
Provided direct services to the general public, as well as consulted with Youth and Family Alternatives/Eckerd, Child Protective Services in services listed above. My duties entailed attending case staffing’s with YFA, attending court hearings and testifying in the 6th Judicial Circuit if needed in the services listed above for clients on my caseload, assisting individuals and families to work through their case plan in order to reunify with their child(ren). Trained in FSFN to document family progress for dependency cases directly to judges and CPI workers. Led trainings related to anger management and stress management for Pasco County Head Start Program.
Competent to testify regarding:
parent and child reunification assessment and therapy, parent alienation, parenting plans and time-sharing evaluations, child custody issues, family and marital relationships, child development, clinical diagnosis, mental health assessments, substance abuse assessments, family assessments, parenting assessments, parenting skills, parental alienation, home studies, biopsychosocial assessments.
Led trainings related to anger management and stress management for Pasco County Head Start Program.
Healthcare Connections of Tampa
Marriage and Family Therapist in the Family Program at the Substance Abuse Inpatient Facility; Masters Level Internship
Gained experience training and conducted individual therapy and taught psycho-education groups for the substance abuse inpatient population and their families. Led therapeutic groups for the patients and their families related to ACOA, codependency, support, stress management, anger management, parenting skills, coping with having an addicted family member.
Pasco County School System
Special Education & Regular Education Integrated Classroom Teacher/Imagine School
Taught as a special education teacher providing behavioral modifications, parent training in discipline, behavior modification for home, implemented Project Child, created individualized lesson plans, peer mentor for children in the special education program.
Hillsborough County School System
Special Education Teacher/Mendez Exceptional Center
Taught as an exceptional center with students’ whose mental health issues and behaviors were too severe for mainstream public school. The center is part of MHC program who provided psychiatric care and therapy in the center as it is in the building with Mental Health Care (MHC). Provided education and peer mentor support for child and adolescents inpatients in the Children’s Crisis Center. Counseled students whose behavior, school progress, mental and physical handicap or condition indicated need for assistance. Led and attended team meetings to discuss and determine students’ school and community resources and other treatments to effect remedy. Collaborated in teams with psychologists and therapists to child and adolescent progress and unmet needs, prepared individualized lesson plans to show objectives and skills for student achievement. Assessed, identified and implemented appropriate behavioral modifications to alter attitudes and behavior of parents and children that caused or aggravated problems.