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Interests

In the right column, see:

Examples of my art work.

My playlist, some of the music that I like.

A bibliography of my publications.

Skills

Therapy using brain plasticity
Therapy involving techniques utilizing brain plasticity, the ability of the brain to modify its functioning and structure via interaction with the environment throughout life.  Special focus on working with cases of traumatic brain injury.
Supervision
Clinical supervision of therapy staffs in addictions and dual diagnosis treatment facilities.
Arts
Working with clients with mental illness and addictions to guide them in developing and marketing their art work. Creating my own drawings, paintings. Developing my interest in digital photography and image editing art.
Trainer
Presenting college courses and workshop trainings on issue of mental illness and addictions, based on my research reviews.  Topics covered include:  Neuropharmacology, craving, smoking cessation, women’s issues, confidentiality, understanding research, history of treatment services.  
Researcher
Internship in field research in anthropology; findings donated at the request of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, to their School of Environmental Studies.   Reviewing research on addiction and mental illness issues, to determine evidence-based practices in counseling. 
Writer
Writing journal articles based on my literature reviews of papers in scientific journals about addiction and mental health.
Therapist, individual and group
Presenting individual and group therapy for clients with psychiatric, addiction, or dual diagnosis disorders. Developing therapy tracks specifically for addicted women.  

Work experience

Feb 2000Present

Founder

OutcomesBuilders

Designed my own web site, to promote the use of evidence-based practices in social services. 

Click on the name above to see the site.

Aug 2009Present

Therapist

Persoma

Outpatient therapist for psychiatric and addictions clients.

Aug 2008Dec 2009

Therapist

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania

Outpatient therapist for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients at FSWP's clinic at the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services.  (part-time)

Sep 2003Jun 2009

Therapist, Interventionist

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania

Therapist then interventionist, working in the communuity with clients with addiction and psychiatric diagnoses.  (Initially this program was therapy, then due to a shift in state funding was changed to a supports format.)

Oct 2001May 2002

Consulting Therapist

P.O.W.E.R.

Temporary position at this women's addictions halfway house, filling in for a staff member on leave.

Jun 1997Aug 2000

Clinical Supervisor

Sojourner House

Clinical supervision at this mothers' and children's addictions rehab.

1996May 1997

Quality Assurance/Utilization Review Co-ordinator

Mon-Yough Community Services

Coordinating QA and UR services in this community mental health/addictions agency.

19891997

Adjunct Instructor

College/University Level Addictions Courses

Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh PA - 1989 to 1991

Seton Hill College, Greensburg PA - 1989 to 1991

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA - 1993 to 1997

19881996

Clinical Supervisor

Mon-Yough Community Services, Center for Substance Abuse

Clinical supervision at the addictions outpatient component of MYCS.

19861988

Therapist, Relapse Coordinator

Ligonier Valley Treatment Center

Therapist, then coordinator of the relapse track at this addiction rehab.

19811986

Counselor, Site Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor

Alternatives Regional Chemical Abuse Program

Progressively more responsible positions in this outpatient addictions program.

Founded CONNECTIONS, a women's intensive outpatient addictions program.

19781981

Counselor

South Hills Health System Regional Alcohol Program

Therapist in this outpatient addictions program.

Education

19791982

M.Ed., Counselor Education

University of Pittsburgh
19661968

Two years of graduate study including field work

19631965

B.A.

The American University
19611963

Associate of Arts

The University of Florida

Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolio

Certifications

19842015

National Certified Counselor

National Board for Certified Counselors
19962015

Master Addictions Counselor

National Board for Certified Counselors
20022011

Licensed Professional Counselor, State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors

Pennsylvania