Ph.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Expected Graduation: August 2013
Master of Science in Professional Counseling
Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
LICENSURES & CERTIFICATIONS
National Board Certified Counselor, 2010
PA Licensed Professional Counselor, 2008
CLINICAL & SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PAOctober 2010 - Present
Responsible for supervising the outpatient group therapy clinic as well as administrative and clinical supervision of the counseling staff. Completed both individual and live supervision in an effort to enhance the counselor’s clinical skills. Participate in a clinical consultation role to other counselors within the addiction medicine service line. Administrative responsibilities include completing staff performance evaluations, tracking monthly statistics, and participating in quality improvement projects in an effort to enhance client quality of care. Develop and run clinical trainings as part of WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming.
Psychiatric Specialty Counselor August 2008 – October 2010
Responsible for running the partial hospital program for adults with co-occurring disorders. Position includes developing and implementing a psychoeducational and therapeutic group curriculum, completing treatment plans and group therapy notes as well as providing necessary clinical information for insurance authorizations. This role has also allotted me the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to master level interns in community counseling programs. Position also includes completing intake assessments, maintaining an individual therapy caseload and crisis and triage work within the clinic.
Wesley Spectrum Services, Pittsburgh, PADecember 2006 – August 2008
Drug & Alcohol Outpatient Supervisor
Responsible for staff clinical and administrative supervision and ensuring successful program outcomes and daily operations of the drug and alcohol program. This included assuring that the program was compliant with the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol licensing requirements. Position also includes developing and implementing marketing plan to grow program. This included internal and external program presentations, education and training development and program evaluation. Clinical responsibilities included completing drug and alcohol assessments and individual therapy with both adolescents and adults.
Mercy Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh, PA
Assessment, Crisis & Treatment Services (ACTS) SupervisorDecember 2003-December 2006
Was promoted into this position from the crisis clinician position below. Responsibilities included directly supervising eight full time crisis clinicians, maintaining administrative documentation as well as assisting the unit with direct line clinical assessments. Supervision included developing individual performance evaluations, assisting staff with developing their clinical and professional skills through training and skill set assessment as well as providing support as needed. This role also included working with other departments to better streamline processes and increase consumer support. Supervisory role also included on-call responsibilities, which include providing support and clinical supervision to the Allegheny Crisis & Emergency Services (ACES), the Diversion and Acute Stabilization (DAS) and Residential Treatment Facility for Adult (RTFA) units. Administrative documentation included supervision notes, tracking unit monthly statistics, providing collaborative report documentation and maintaining mobile crisis database. Clinical documentation included psychosocial assessments, mental health and drug and alcohol diagnostic impressions, providing provisional diagnosis and referring on to most appropriate level of care.
Crisis Clinician January 2003–December 2003
Provided support and clinical assessments as a phone and mobile crisis clinician at ACES. Phone crisis includes triaging, providing support, recommendations, and referrals to callers in crisis. Also complete phone intake assessments for consumers interested in participating in outpatient mental health and drug and alcohol services. As a mobile crisis clinician, provide face-to-face clinical assessments of consumers, determining consumers current mental health and/or AOD status and making recommendations for the most appropriate level of care to aid in stabilization. Crisis work also included work at Mercy’s Diversion & Acute Stabilization Unit. This unit provides consumer support and stability, acting as either a step down from a higher level of care or a diversion from an inpatient psychiatric unit. Administrative duties include written clinical documentation, progress notes and intake assessments.
American Counseling Association
Pennsylvania Counseling Association
Association for Specialist in Group Work
WORKSHOPS AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Assistant, Duquesne University, Course: Introduction to Group Counseling, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2012
Groups and Clinical Skills in Working with Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders, presented as part of WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming, State College, PA, August 2011
Assessing Drug & Alcohol Use and Assessment Tools, presented to the therapists of WPIC’s Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE), Pittsburgh, PA, November 2011
Treatment Issues: Generating Motivation, Utilizing Confrontation and Treatment Resistance, presented to therapists at the Addiction Medicine Services clinic, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2011
Group Treatment for Addiction: Introduction and Overview. Co-facilitated with Dr. Dennis Daley, presented as part of WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming, Waynesburg University, October 2010
Dual Disorder Treatment, presented as part of WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming, April 2010