Michael Curtis

Summary

  • Five years of vocational experience as an alternative school counselor providing academic, personal/social, and career/college counseling with emotional support and at-risk high school students.
  • Educated and experienced in practical application of crisis management techniques, individual and group counseling, and delivering school-wide services to a diverse student population.
  • Skilled writing abilities, in addition to being adept in organization and paperwork management.
  • Familiar with assessing and implementing appropriate applications of Restorative Practices.
  • Proficient in computer applications, such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and School Max.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008

School Counselor

Lincoln Academy at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
  • Provided academic, personal/social, and career/college counseling to students referred to the Lincoln Academy alterative school program.
  • Scheduled courses, reviewed and maintained transcripts, facilitated student-teacher mediation, communicated with public school staff, and ensured appropriate transitions between the Lincoln Academy program, mainstream classes, and higher education or the workforce.
  • Analyzed program rules and practices, integrated aspects of Restorative Practices, developed individual behavioral plans, and worked together with family, teachers, and administration. 
  • De-escalated students and managed behavioral outbursts during contentious situations.
  • Taught a daily psycho-educational group focused on health, values, and a variety of general life skills.
  • Developed yearlong counseling curriculum designed to address student needs, issues and concerns.
  • Created a program-wide behavioral management system to efficiently outline expectations and positively reinforce desired behaviors.
  • Active team member of the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School Student Assistance Program (SAP)
  • Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in June 2007 and June 2008 for demonstrating key principles of Lincoln Academy.
  • Worked as weight-room supervisor from March to June in both the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.
  • Facilitated after-school drug and alcohol education groups during the 2007-2008 school year.
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008

School Counselor Practicum Placement

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Colonial School District
  • Observed the daily responsibilities of the Counseling Department at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School (PWHS), including sub-departments specific to career and college counseling.
  • Became familiar with practical methods of addressing public school-wide needs, such as attendance, scheduling, course planning, standardized testing (ACT/SAT/PSSA), discipline, class failures, special education (IEP/504), emotional support, student transitions, vocational technical school, and providing career and college related services.
  • Assisted with scheduling students for the 2008-2009 school year using School Max scheduling software.
  • Created Excel spreadsheets that were used to compile data for both the counselor’s individual student meetings, and other services delivered by the Counseling Department.
  • Met individually with students of PWHS to address concerns as needed, in addition to meeting students and parents cooperatively with school counselors, administration, and other support services of PWHS.
Mar 2003 - Aug 2006

Lead Counselor

Buxmont Academy of Community Service Foundation
  • Served as administrative aid and assisted with employee support.
  • Successfully counseled and supervised a caseload of adolescents with various behavioral issues in an alternative school program.
  • Counseled student concerns, including drug & alcohol abuse, resisting authority, conflict resolution, emotional coping skills, social anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, hygiene, and organizational problems.
  • Assisted teachers in addressing classroom disturbances and other school issues.
  • Facilitated therapeutic group circles and Restorative Practices classroom circles on a daily basis.
  • Regularly communicated with public school districts, probation officers, and other related professionals.
  • Co-chair of student council during both 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years.
Apr 2003 - Sep 2005

Supervision Counselor

Community Service Foundation (CSF)
  • Developed and led interactive activities for young adults during overnight recovery weekend retreats.
  • Monitored and guided between 10 – 25 clients per weekend.
  • Organized therapeutic group activities, as well as various Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and processed behavioral issues with clients in a Restorative Practices group format.
  • Supervised juveniles during various tasks designed to teach responsibility and life skills.
  • Therapeutically processed behavioral problems and issues with adolescents and staff as needed.
  • Encouraged leadership and helped clients develop proper work ethics.

Education

Education
May 2004 - May 2008

Master of Arts

Arcadia University

Pennsylvania State Certification as a Secondary School Counselor                                   

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with Honors Distinction                                   

  • GPA: 3.932
  • 57 Credit program with 300 hour Practicum placement.
  • Student member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Nominated to The Chancellor’s List for exceptional academic achievement, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.