Aki Raymer

Summary

I am seeking a position where my relationship-based, infant mental health perspective will be an asset. I am culturally competent, and have a strong background in both psychology and early childhood development. The last ten years of my life has been dedicated to strengthening families, and through self-reflective practice, I hope to continue to grow as a scientist- practitioner.

Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Apr 2009

Mental Health Counselor

Prenatal to Three

Year-long internship as a mental health counsellor for San Mateo County's behavioural health division. Case-load included both children 0-5 requiring intervention and parents diagnosed with a mental illness.

Skills acquired/ achievements:

·Provided a relationship-based model of care through home visits, dyad and family counselling, play therapy, and individual office visits.

·Co-facilitated an 8-week long group for mentally ill mothers and their infants.

·Kept detailed charts both for record-keeping and billing purposes.

·Conducted intake assessments of both adults and children

·Participated in weekly multidisciplinary staff meetings and trainings.

·Reflective practice through journals and weekly reflective supervision meetings.

Jun 1999 - Aug 2008

Nanny/Childcare Provider

Various Households

Skills acquired/ achievements:

·Developed close relationships to families while working in their homes.

·Provided support to new parents

·Provided sensitive care to children with various special needs (learning disabilities, seizure disorders, speech delays, etc…)

·Mentored and supported middle schoolers and teenagers

Jul 2007 - Jun 2008

Parenting Lounge Manager

Co-manager for the space designated for parenting students at Mills College.

Skills acquired/achievements:

·Linked families to local resources for childcare, social services, etc…

·Created a culturally inclusive space for all parenting students

·Worked closely with co-manager to plan events and manage donations.

Sep 2007 - May 2008

Student Teacher (Infant/Toddler Classroom

Mills College Children's School

Worked with a dynamic team of teachers in Infant/Toddler classroom (0- 3) of the well-respected children's school.

Skills acquired/ achievements:

·Acted as primary caregiver to three children and supported fellow teachers in overall classroom management.

·Planned and coordinated developmentally appropriate activities centred on themes of nature, art, and understanding the world at large.

·Participated in weekly reflection meetings with fellow teachers parent meetings.

Apr 2005 - Jul 2006

Cooperative Preschool Teacher/Member

Shazaam! Coop

Parent member of a nature based home-based cooperative preschool for 2 to 3 year olds.

Skills acquired/ achievements:

·Curriculum planning: this involved weekly themes (such as boats, Japan, etc, worms, etc…), which were incorporated into snack time, field trips, and arts and craft projects.

·Budgeting for materials.

·Weekly meetings with the head teacher and other parents.

Education

Education
2008 - 2009

MA

Mills College

§Parents and Cargiving

§Assessment and Intervention

§Social. Emotional, and Moral Development

§Infancy

§Developmental Psychology

§Attachment and Loss

§Hospitalized Child

§Children with Special Needs

§Research in Infant Mental Health

§Stress and Disease

§Psychopathology

2006 - 2008

BA

Mills College

Skills

Skills

Spanish

I speak intermediate level Spanish. Because I was fluent at one time, I am confident that I would be available to see clients in Spanish after a brief period of study.

Japanese

I have spoken Japanese throughout my life and am conversationally fluent.