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Chaunte Andrews

Master of Social Work (Health and Mental Health)

Professional Summary

  • Clinical social worker with 9+ years experience in health and mental health, working in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings, with diverse populations.

Work History

Nov 2016Present

Health Science Specialist

Veterans Affairs: Veterans Health Administration
  • Implements suicide/mental health crisis prevention strategies.
  • Provides support for the identification of veterans at high risk, and coordinates enhanced care.
  • Conducts interviews and utilizes assessments tools to assess emotional, functional, and/or psychological conditions.
  • Completes structured diagnostic and clinical assessments.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports in accordance with program guidelines.
  • Creates and maintains forms, surveys, instruments, and materials for proper coordination of the different treatment modules.
  • Provides psycho-education and directs advice regarding suicide/mental illness crisis.
  • Works collaboratively with other members of the VA Crisis Hotline Program to identify appropriate services for patients in crisis.
  • Assists patients and their family/friend/significant other with issues regarding the patient's mental health issues, referrals, benefits, support groups, and Performs other duties as assigned.
Jan 2016Nov 2016

Social Services Case Manager

Georgia Department Of Human Services: Division of family and Children Services
  • Conducted interviews with individuals and families to assess and review their needs.
  • Wrote up assessments (sometimes in collaboration with other professionals) which meet specified standards and timescales.
  • Offered information and support.
  • Organized and managed packages of support to enable people to lead the fullest lives possible.
  • Recommended and made decisions about the best course of action for a particular person or family.
  • Participated in multidisciplinary teams and meetings regarding, for example, child protection or mental health.
  • Maintained accurate records and preparing reports for legal action as well as, advocating for children & families as well as giving evidence in court.
Jul 2013Sep 2015

Psychiatric Therapist 

Hillside Hospital 
  • Managed crisis intervention for severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children by utilizing human empowerment and leadership (HELP).
  • Developed several clinical assessment and administrative forms including weekly behavior contract, no self-harm contract, relapse prevention plan, overnight safety plan and personal safety plan, Which increased staff productivity by 10%.
  • Developed and implemented training curriculum and instructional tools.
  • Managed case loads and health needs of 10+ children from diverse backgrounds.
  • Created classroom curriculum to teach dialectic behavioral therapy skills to children which helped reduce relapse rate.
  • Co-Facilitated evening dialectic behavioral therapy class for parents and children, teaching core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Discharge Planning.
  • Evaluated and suggested the appropriate type of in-home help required by a newly discharged patient.

  • Provided training pertaining to crisis intervention practices.
  • Medical Social Work.
  • Facilitated classroom dialectic behavioral group therapy.
  • Conducted individual therapy and family therapy that assisted children and families with better managing behaviors, emotions and thoughts by utilizing cognitive behavior therapy.
  • Provided psychoeducation to children and parents with the goal of improving family functioning.  
Aug 2012Jan 2015

Therapist

Atlanta Quality Care Solutions
  • Responsible for providing group and individual outpatient therapy to 15+ adult clients utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy(IPT) to assist clients with managing social skills, community and family relationships.
  • Managed care coordinator for care of patients with co-occurring disorders.
  • Responsible for conducting client intake and reviewing clinical assessments with the goal of creating comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Facilitated home-based individual and family therapy for medically fragile children with the goal of improving family functioning.
  • Training Development and Education pertaining to crisis intervention practices.
  • Provided leadership and supervision to staff.
  • Assisted with research on health, mental health and care advancing policies to implement a whole health and wellness peer program (WHAM) for the organization with the goal of addressing the health needs of 50+ children and families. 
  • Developed and implemented curriculum, polices and procedures used for peer based program (WHAM).
May 2011Mar 2012

Court Appointed Special Advocate

Chesapeake District Courts
  • Volunteers appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.
  • Assisted with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
  • Executed home visits to ensure child's safety.
  • Spoke to judge on behalf of the child.
  • Organized evidence by properly maintaining records and statistics.
  • Typed case history and ensured each case properly composed and prepared to present to courts.
Aug 2009May 2011

Administrative Assistant/Teacher Assistant

Norfolk State University
  • Increased class attendance 15% by composing new curriculum for students that help maintain productive classroom setting.
  • Composed and facilitated student examinations.
  • Maintained data records by creating spreadsheets for graded assignments, attendance and class participation.
  • Emailed students assignments and class related information. 
Feb 2009Apr 2011

Behavioral Specialist

Public Partnerships
  • Provided oversight to autistic children.
  • Analyzed Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL).
  • Distributed medication.
  • Escorted children to physical and speech therapy daily.
  • Received and transmitted information critical to child care.

Education

Aug 2012May 2015

Masters Of Social Work (Health and Mental Health)

Clark Atlanta University

MSW Program Objectives

  • Clinical Program 
  • Apply empirically based theoretical frameworks to develop an understanding of the dynamic interactions that exist between human and environmental systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for human diversity as evidenced by a heightened sense of social consciousness, involving the ability to understand one's own and others' racial, ethnic, and cultural background, to engage in nondiscriminatory culturally sensitive practice that seeks social and economic justice for clients, without regard to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate, and apply research findings to practice, including evaluating one's own practice, to effectively practice with, and on behalf of, diverse populations.
  • Use appropriate supervision and consultation to conduct research and disseminate
  • research findings that contribute to enhancement of students' personal and professional development.
Aug 2008May 2011

Bachelor Of Liberal Arts

Norfolk State University
  • Multidisciplinary preparation in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the Arts.
  • The goal of a liberal studies major is to learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, and to imbue critical thinking with ethical thought.

 Certifications & Trainings 

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population.
  • In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
Microsoft Office Specialist 
  • MS Office
  • Excel
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Outlook
Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED
  • First Aid Basics
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Injury Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Adult CPR AED
  • Adult Choking
  • Child CPR AED
  • Infant CPR
  • Child and Infant Choking
HELP (Human Empowerment and Leadership Skills)
  • HELP is a safety management program for residential treatment facilities.
  • When implemented in its entirety will reduce the possibility of injury during episodes of aggressive behavior by helping the learner to focus on safe functional problem solutions. 
Cultural Competency and HIPPA Privacy
  • Cultural competence is the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients.
  • HIPAA Privacy establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.
  • HIPPA requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization.
  • HIPPA also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.

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