•  Rochester MN

Naimo Ali

Child Protection Social Worker at Olmsted County 

Research Interest 

Interest in public  policies related to the integration of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Racial disparities. In addition, the study of  disproportionality  and disparities among ethnic minority groups with disabilities in the Child Child Welfare System.  

Education

Education

Master of Arts: Social Work 

2015
San Diego State University

Advanced seminar in Social Work Practice with Families, Social Welfare Policy and Services and Human Behavior and Social Environment

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology 

2013
San Diego State University

Course specialization: Psychology of Personality, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Infant and Child Development, Psychopathology.                                              

Certifications

Certifications

CARES Scholar

2013 - 2015
The U.S. Department of Special Education & The Department of Counseling and School Psychology  at SDSU. 

Received over two years of specialized training and education in implementing evidence-based academic, mental health, and advocacy services for this population. In addition, received over 50 hours of specialized training and education to be a certified CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) through Voices for Children (national non-profit organization devoted to foster youth).

Work History

Work History

Child Protection Social Worker 

2015 - Present
Olmsted County Child & Family Services 
  • Conduct interview and make home visits to identify needs, challenges and strengths of individuals or families.
  • Counsel individual clients in group, family counseling or individual counseling to explore, identify, resolve, prevent or control problems.
  • Advise clients of possible resources, rights, and responsibilities under programs or services. 
  • Refers clients to other programs or agencies when appropriate 
  • Develop and writes individual and family case plans to address identified challenges 
  • Work  with natural supports and family group decision making.
  • Prepare correspondence reports and social histories and maintains case records in accordance with state, federal and local guidelines.

School Social Work Intern

Aug 2014 - May 2015
Vista La Mesa Academy: Lemon Grove, CA.
  • Provided comprehensive case management services, including creating treatment plans and connecting clients and families to appropriate resources.
  • Encouraged clients to get involved in social, recreational and other therapeutic activities to enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships.
  • Guided clients in effective therapeutic exercises integrated from Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT), Motivational Interviewing(MT), and multi-systemic Therapy(MST).
  • Provided crisis intervention for violent or potentially violent and suicidal clients. Supported several classroom teachers in implementing developmentally appropriate curriculums for at-risk students.
  • Identified warning signs of emotional and/or developmental problems.
  • Presented and informed school personnel's on the legal mandates and educational rights for homeless and foster-care children.
  • Facilitated a collaborative partnership with community agency's, social services and foster-care parents in order service the child's best interest.

School Social Work Intern

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Herbert Hoover High School: City Heights, CA. 
  • Interviewed and assessed an average of 5 incoming students per week. Conducted 5 one-on-one counseling sessions per week.
  •  Collected and analyzed data on individual clients using records, tests, interviews and other collateral information. 
  • Consulted with clients when developing long term treatment plan goals and objectives. Counseled clients to help them understand and overcome personal, social and behavioral problems.
  •  Educated clients and their families about their rights and responsibilities. 
  • Organized outreach events with local agencies to increase awareness of the challenges faced by immigrant students. 
  • Followed up with program participants after completion to track their progress. Gathered and analyzed cultural, educational, social and demographic data about the community to guide local program development. 
  • Developed innovative programs and activities based on analysis of community needs and interests. Planned and hosted on- and off-campus community service activities. 

Refugee Case Manager

May 2012 - May 2013
Horn of Africa
  • Provided advocacy, assessment, and case management services to individuals, families and groups.
  • Gathered and analyzed cultural, educational, social and demographic data about the community to guide local program development.
  • Developed innovative programs and activities based on analysis of community needs and interests.
  • Planned and hosted on-and off-campus community service activities.
  • Assisted with the resettlement of refugees through providing cultural adjustment, employment services, English language training, programs for refugee youth, and immigrant legal services.
  • Ensured that clients received support and information about community resources that would enable them to move toward and become stabilized in independent living.
  • Provided one-on-one and small group(or family-centered) health education to reinforce clients' understandings of health conditions, treatment instructions, medical service plan, and follow-up care. 

Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office Advisor

Aug 2012 - May 2013
San Diego State University: SDSU
  • Advised and mentored undergraduate students placed on academic probation.
  • Monitored students' academic progress and referred students who were struggling to campus resources.
  • Pointed students to relevant information about academic and personal support services available at the college.
  • Advised students on course selection, progress toward graduation and career decisions. Attended community and campus events.
  • Screened telephone calls and forwarded them to the appropriate departments.
  • Answered and directed calls using the multi-line switchboard. Entered new students into advising office database.