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Jamie Walker

Counselor - Educator - Communicator

Education

2016Present

M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Middle Tennessee State University 

Acquiring skills in the following:

Individual and group counseling.

Administering and scoring assessments.

Counseling research methods.

Diagnosis and treatment planning.

Multi-cultural counseling 

Psychopharmacology 

2012 2013

B.A. Communications

Rogers State University

Built upon my skills in public relations and marketing.

Gained new skills in video production and editing.

Acquired knowledge about communications principles and best practices.

Strengthened my research abilities.

20012004

Northeastern State University

Increased fluency in Spanish.

Learned techniques for the classroom.

Interned in 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classrooms.

Observed exceptional elementary students in classroom for semester. 

19992001

Middle Tennessee State University

Gained useful knowledge about the Recording Industry, including:

Music Publishing

Recording industry contracts

Marketing

Music production.

Academic/Professional Portfolio

Work experience

20172018

Opioid Dependency Counselor 

Behavioral Health Group
  • Assess patients for appropriate levels of care.
  • Provide therapeutic counseling.
  • Facilitate weekly recovery groups.
  • Coordinate care with medical team.
  • Assure all state-required documentation and paperwork is complete.
20172018

Member Connector

YMCA of Middle Tennessee
  • Assisting members in making changes to their accounts.
  • Selling memberships.
  • Registering members for programs.
  • Helping members find solutions to account issues.
20142015

Legal Assistant

Law Office of Mary Alice Akins
  • Drafted legal documents.
  • Drafted client letters.
  • Established billing and time tracking processes.
  • Scheduled client meetings.
  • Maintained monthly expense ledger.
  • Invoiced clients.
2010 2011

Customer Service/Vacation Planner

Trase Miller Technologies
  • Researched, planned and booked vacations for American Airlines Vacations customers.
  • Responsible for over $750,000 in vacation sales from Jan - July 2011.
  • Consistently provided excellent customer service for American Airlines Vacations.
  • Won the "Class Act" award for excellent customer service every month of my post-training employment.
  • Performed website support for AA.com and the American Airlines Advantage program.
2005 2009

Owner/Manager

Jamie's Exclusively Plus, LLC
  • Conducted grass roots market research.
  • Executed business strategies to fill a niche market.
  • Handled all aspects of advertising and public relations.
  • Established brand recognition and customer loyalty.
  • Enforced company policies and procedures.
  • Recorded company profit/loss.
  • Reported monthly sales tax figures.
  • Supervised daily operations.
  • Tracked over 500 consignor balances and payouts.
  • Sold business for a profit.

Objective

To utilize my research and writing skills to better understand the barriers to mental health services for the Latinx population and the complex issues they face. I'm especially interested in problems occurring as a result of acculturative stress, with particular interest in obesity and eating disorders. 

Additionally, I am interested in studying women diagnosed with obesity. I'm interested in how their self-concept is created and how it changes with weight cycling.  I'm also curious about the emotional changes that occur with weight cycling, especially changes in stress levels. On a social level, I'm interested in studying the social barriers they face. 

Finally, I'm interested in utilizing my teaching and communication skills to present research findings in academic settings. 

Awards and Honors

  • Keith Carlson Professional Counseling Endowed Scholarship - 2018 
  • RSU Outstanding Capstone - Spring 2013.
  • Dean's List Student, RSU - Fall 2012, Spring 2013
  • 3rd Place at Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association's Public Relations contest. - Fall 2012
  • Performer in RSU's MLK Day of Service Ceremony, performing an original song - Spring 2013

Skills

Writing

Whether it is writing a 20 page APA style paper, a creative essay, press release or pop song, I'm my best when I'm writing. And I do it creatively and with style. 

Leadership
I am a proven effective leader with experience leading small groups and teams, both academically and professionally. 
Teaching

I'm at home in front of a white board, and when I have the opportunity to lead psycho educational groups or teach Spanish, I'm in my element. 

Counseling

I am a warm, person-centered counselor which helps clients join quickly, but once the counseling relationship is established I can also be directive and utilize the techniques, intervention and challenging necessary for positive outcomes. 

Spanish

Write proficiently in Spanish. Speak at intermediate level.