I have 6 1/2 years experience working as a permanency specialist at Youthville. This job includes writing social histories, court reports, attending court hearings, interacting and facilitating meetings with therapists, lawyers, schools, families, children and other social workers. I am capable of facilitating meetings, reporting to the court and meeting with families and children. Through the years I have been able to build rapport easily with clients as I am honest and forward with them while remaining empathetic and acknowledging their situation. Through practicum I have engaged clients in the mental health hospital setting working with adults experiencing menthal health issues. This allowed me to become more educated on services available for the homeless, uninsured, and in danger or returning home. This has also been an excellent opportunity to provide education to clients regarding mental illness and substance abuse.
I am most interested in woking with victims of domestic violence, clients experiencing substance abuse problems, providing therapeutic services and continuing to make changes in the child welfare system as well as advocating for children in foster care.
To obtain a job in the social service industry utilizing my masters degree.
Jul 2005 - Present
As a permanency specialist at Youthville I have provided direct services to consumers. This position entails facilitating family group decision making meetings, writing court reports, attending court hearings, building rapport with consumers and providing resources that may be helpful to the consumer. I have learned and utilized knowledge regarding mental health diagnosis, treatment options for consumers with mental health needs as well as working with professionals from other professions that work with these consumers. This position has allowed and required a wide range of knowledge and skills to perform this job effectively and efficiently.
Jun 2011 - May 2012
Social Work Student
Via Christi Behavioral Health Hospital
This position required individual meetings with clients to complete a psychosocial assessment. This included building rapport with the consumer, starting at the place the consumer was ready to, demonstratiing empathy to the consumers through my actions, body language and facial expressions. This is an assessment that explores the consumers mental state, environment and person as a whole, rather than focusing on what brought them to the hospital. Co-leading or leading process group is another task I enjoyed. Process group is an opportunity for the consumers to discuss their situations, receive feedback from the social workers and other consumers in the group. This is an opportunity to provide the consumer with helpful information to apply to their situation to assist them in making the change they want to occur.
Aug 1998 - Jun 2005
Customer Service Manager
I began working at Walmart as a cashier in Atichison Kansas, then transferred to El Dorado Kansas while I went to Butler County Community College. Following that i transferred to a Wal-Mart in Wichita KS where I worked until I graduated with my bachelor degree in 2005.