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Team Leader - Transition To Adulthood

Personal Statement

My career with the State of Tennessee is a direct result of my desire to become more involved with my community. During my 24 year tenure with the State of Tennessee I have trained personnel and taught classes on everything from how to maintain control of an interview to diffusing mental health clients.  This has fueled my commitment to offer guidance to others using the lessons I have learned and the experiences that have led to an understanding of those lessons.

Managerial Philosophy

As each individual grows and matures his or her emotions, social desires and beliefs, intellectual goals and physical change and can require a steady and consistent framework for learning to maintain a positive mental focus on life and continual well-being. As a supervisor, it is my sternest desire to provide and maintain this type of learning framework for my fellow employee's and the community we serve. This atmosphere can assist person's in meeting his or her full potential, and invite idea exchanges among each other, which will lead to new and better organization of ideas. I believe it is not enough to learn various techniques and theories, one must also learn practical application of these theories and techniques for them to be fully understood. Once achieved, the community can then take part in affecting his or her environment and society with fresh ideas for positive social change integration.

Work experience

2018Present

Team Leader CM-IV - Transition To Adulthood FSS

Tennessee Department of Children's Services

I am responsible for the direct supervision of staff who are providing case management services for children under the State's supervision, in State custody, or at risk of State custody, and their families.  This unit specializes in preparing children in State custody for independent living as an adult.   Which includes transitioning children to ECF Choices (formerly DIDDS) and EFC (Extension of Foster Care) , as well as directly into their respective communities.  

Sep 19932018

Case Manager III-Child Protective Services

Tennessee Department of Children's Services

Obtain information relevant to an assigned child's welfare, or crisis intervention case; conducts interviews with child's family and other individuals involved in a case; works with family to develop a plan that outlines the objectives to be accomplished by the child and family to achieve safety and permanency for the child; communicates regularly with family and/or residential case manager to discuss family/child progress or further actions required to meet plan objectives.

I also investigate cases of suspected child abuse or neglect: conducts intake interviews with individuals reporting suspected child abuse or neglect; determine if abuse or neglect has occurred, who the abuser is, the level of risk or harm to the child.

Education

Jan 2008Nov 2009

Master of Science

University of Phoenix
Aug 1983May 1988

Bachelor of Science

Tennessee State University