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Work experience

Aug 2008May 2009

Counselor

San Diego County Office of Education
  • Provided counseling services to at-risk ninth graders at in alternative school using psychology concepts, criminological theory and social work practice.
  • Maintained caseload, completed reports and made referrals to administration and other support staff.
  • Built rapport and cultivated relationship with students
  • Upheld student privacy and confidentiality
Apr 2005May 2007

Program Manager

Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Provided supervision and technical assistance to program coordinators and data entry personnel
  • Developed and improved evaluation and monitoring criteria for mentoring training program
  • Monitored program activities and made recommendations for improvement
  • Coordinated and led monthly meetings with state and community agencies  
  • Improved program protocol, evaluation tools and updated the database
  • Assisted in creating and managing program budget
  • Worked closely with venders and approved expenditures
  • Developed and maintained contracts of agreement, memorandums of understanding and requests for proposals
  • Built and cultivated partnerships with local, state and community agencies and secured vital collaborations necessary to ensure program success
Jan 2004Apr 2005

Program Coordinator/Family Counselor

Child & Family Services of Newport
  • Implemented new strategies to increase participation in role model support capacity program
  • Built and cultivated partnerships and collaborations with local businesses and other community- and faith-based organizations
  • Recuited, hire and supervised and evaluated program trainers
  • Counseled individuals who were in the process of reunifying with their child(ren)
  • Ensured individuals complied with court orders concerning visitation, counseling, substance treatment and child support--in coordination with Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, & Families  

Parent-to-Parent  Counselor (volunteer)

  • Mediated family discussions on a range of issues from teenage drug use to authoratarian parenting style that resulted in, or perpetuated, family dysfuction
  • Taught parenting, effective communication and appropriate discipline techniques
  • Referred clients to social services and other available resources
  • Modeled positive behavior for youth and parents 
Jun 2001Dec 2002

Youth Community Leader

Blackwater Career Development Center
  • Supervised adjudicated males ages 14-17
  • Enforced rules, regulations and state codes within the facility
  • Encouraged and modeled positive behavior
  • Utilized case management practices and prepared activity reports
  • Supervised work details and directed group activities
  • Provided classroom security
1998

Corrections Officer

Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Supervised inmates and maintained order
  • Enforced rules and policies
  • Counseled inmates
  • Conducted search and seizure of inmates' persons and cells
  • Monitored activities throughout institution
  • Completed daily log and reports

Education

Aug 2008Present

Master of Social Work

University of Southern California

I am in the MSW program concentrating on Community, Organization, Planning & Administration that I plan to apply to the field of criminal justice.  The courses I have completed are as follows:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals 
  • Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
  • Seminar and Field Placement in an Alternative School

In the process of completing additional courses and field placement.

Jun 2001Aug 2003

Master of Science

I completed a MS in criminal justice with a focus on Administration, Constitutional Law & Theory. The courses I completed are as followed:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Organizational Theory
  • Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • Administrative Law
  • Prinicples of Administration
  • Current Trends in the Administration of Justice
  • Court Adminstration
  • Survey of Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Theory
  • Juvenile Justice
Jan 2000May 2001

Bachelor of Science

Graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several academic awards, including the Dean's List. An abridged list of courses completed are as follows:

  • Drugs and Crime
  • Race, Ethnicity and Crime 
  • Drug Court
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile justice.
  • Law and Crime
  • Probation
  • Four-month internship in an outpatient drug detoxification center
  • Substance Abuse Counseling 
Jun 1999May 2001

AAS

Graduated with Academic Distinction. Courses completed are as follows:

  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Procedural Criminal Law
  • Corrections Function
  • Police Function
  • Wellness for Law Enforcement
  • Detention Officer
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Firearms
  • First Responder/CPR
  • Community Relations
  • Crime & Delinquency
  • Ethnics

Skills

Excel
Power Point
Word
Internet
Used the Internet more than ten years to conduct research for college assignments and work related  reports and other projects.

Certifications

1998

Corrections Technology

Rio Salado College

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Summary

A position in which my criminal justice and social work scholarship along with my leadership, management and counseling experience in corrections, human services, public health and education can be used to help enhance public safety and human  and community well-being. 

Additional Training

  • Substance Abuse Prevention, New England School of Prevention Studies 
  • Grant Writing (40 hrs), The Grantsmanship Training Program
  • Alcholol & Substance Abuse Counseling (graduate course), Northern Arizona University
  • Crisis Intervention Training, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families
  • Family Centered Practice Training, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families
  • Program Evaluation, University of Rhode Island, 2006 (graduate course)
  • Strategic Planning, University of Rhode Island, 2005 (graduate course)
  • Research Methods, University of Rhode Island, 2006 (graduate course)
  • Correctional Officer Training Academy (COPA), Arizona State Department of Corrections, 1998
  • Statistics for Social Workers, Arizona State University
  • Human Biology for Social Worker/Special Topics, Arizona State University

Professional Membership

  • American Society of Criminology Member, since 2003
  • Society for the Study of Social Problem Member, since 2006

Professional Committees

  • Rhode Island Youth Development Advisory Committee, 2004-2007
  • Partnership for Healthy Kids in Providence Committee, 2004-2007
  • Rhode Island Teen Pregnancy Coalition, 2004-2007
  • Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Task Force, 2005-2007
  • Rhode Island Fatherhood Coalition, 2005-2007
  • Rhode Island Father & Family Network Steering Committee, 2005-2007
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Committee, 2005-2007
  • Rhode Island Prevention of Youth & Gun Violence Committee, 2005-2007
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Steering Committee, 2005-2007