Work History

Work History

Therapeutic Social Worker/Counselor

Children's Village

Practiced family, individual, and group counseling. Provided written treatment plans, universal report chart for the Administration for Children Services, and maintained electronic progress notes and files. Reported to family court in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Attended child study team meetings and advocated for services for the child. Offered crisis intervention services as well as psychoeducation support.

School Social Worker/Counseling

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark

Practiced individual and group counseling, and crisis intervention. Supportive counseling to parents. Linked student and family to services. Documented all reports and statistical data; filed reports to be reviewed by IDEA. Provided trainings and workshops to staff, administration, and student.

School Social Worker/Counseling

Central Jersey Art Charter School

 Practiced individual & group counseling, and crisis intervention. Linked students & parents to social services and counseling services. Aided administrations with student conduct policies and procedures. Participating member of the IR&S Committee and CST. Network resources for students having emotional and psychological crises.

Sep 2009 - Present

CEO/Owner

Hicks Group

Hicks Group is a woman-owned small business and mental health practice. Providing service to those in need and helping others become what they need to see. We specialize in alternative mental health, EAP, psycho-education support services, assessments & evaluations, research,consultations for small and micro-business, substance abuse counseling, mental health aftercare, and state & federal contracts.

Our goal is to bring about personal growth, dignity, and worth to every client with alternative developmental, and behavioral changes by learning new ways to cope with stressful life situations through implementation of Individual, Peer, or Group setting with the use of Expressive Arts Therapy, Social Therapy, Creative Music & Arts, Special Education/Learning Skills, Wellness Practice of Mind/Body/Soul, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management and other related therapeutic aims and orientations

Jul 2007 - Aug 2010

School Counselor/Social Worker

Hoboken Charter School

Practiced individual and group counseling as well as crisis intervention to students (K-12) and supportive counseling to staff, administration, and families. A member of the Child Study Team (CST) and Intervention & Referral Service (I&RS) program. Chairperson for the School Crisis Mental Health Team, facilitator for the school behavior modification program, provided psychoeducational and psychosocial assessment and submitted monthly reports to the Board of Trustees. Started a monthly newsletter called Tips for Teachers and put in information to the school newsletter. Provided workshops related to mental health, violence in families and schools, and academic improvement. Set up Parent Support Club. 

Instructor for "Sophomore Psychology"

The course was a comprehensive overview of the field of social psychology. The major psychological models were introduced, such as cognitive, behavioral, biological, and cross-cultural perspectives. The emphasis of the course explored the psychological principles that foster a greater understanding of human behavior and mental processes. The importance of the scientific method and psychological research was also emphasized.

Student & Staff Presentation & Workshop Facilitator

Provide and provided presentations for students on teen dating violence, bullying, conflict resolution, HIV/STDs, suicide & depression, drugs & alcohol use, and diversity. Also gave trainings & workshops to faculty, staff, and administration on Behavior Modification Intervention Plans, Functional Behavioral Assessments, Division of Youth & Families, nonviolent communication, children & mental illness. Facilitated networks with the Mental Health Associations of New Jersey, Department of Children & Families, Horizon Health, and other organizations to provided education, training, and services to schools. 

School Counseling Supervisor

One-to-one supervision once per week for 6 hours. Student was given information about school policy and procedures and was given opportunities to explore academic skills in a school environment. The student-intern attended Child Study Team meetings, assisted during Sophomore Psychology class, observed student behaviors within the classroom, and assisted the Special Education Director.

Education

Education
Dec 2005 - Present

ABD

Walden University

GPA: 3.7

Doctoral Dissertation Research

Multimodal expressive arts intervention and its impact to special education elementary and middle school children. Proposal defended and the Institutional Board Review (IRB) has accepted and approved data collection.

Skills

Skills

Counseling Specialization

. Children & Adolescent . Chronic/Terminal Illness . Child Abuse & Neglect . Women's Mental Health . Military Life Issues . Life Coaching . Domestic Violence . Post Trauma . Special Education . Ethnic/Cultural Issues . Depression/Anxiety . Harmful Groups/Cults/

Key Skills and Experience

Managing working relationships Effective communications/meetings Shorthand / typing  Presentations/interviewing Crisis intervention Writing reports Networking of resources Groups Consulting Parent education Short term counseling Mental health Developing plans Providing management information Trainings

Summary

Counseling /Consulting/Coaching/Contracting

Possess an eclectic approach to clients' emotional and psychological well-being. Multidimensional and highly skilled with a wide-range of experiences and achievements. Inclusive practices of individual, group, organizational development, adults, and families services. 8 years providing psychoeducation, short-term counseling, and enrichment groups in elementary, middle, and high schools. 11 years supplying crisis intervention and prevention services in child welfare, families, AIDS social services agencies, and hospitals. Individual private practice and promoting cognitive behavioral approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal skills and self-esteem awareness for at-risk adolescence and children. 2 years of lecturing and teaching psychology and social psychology courses. 6 months supervision of Fairleigh Dickinson University psychology students. 9 years facilitating and directing workshops, trainings, and presentations.

Clinical Internships

 Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ                                                                                           01/ 2004-06/2004

HIV Counselor/ Case Manager 

 Provided case management and supportive counseling for HIV positive pregnant females.

Philadelphia Defenders Association, Philadelphia, PA                                                                           09/1997-05/1998

Social Work Intern

Provided advocacy for children in Pennsylvania foster care and/or juvenile system. Interview clients, attended family court hearings, visitations to schools, residential treatment centers, and wrote up court reports.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden, NJ                                                                                                         1997-1998

 Social Work Intern

 Provided supportive counseling to psychiatric ward.

Research Thesis & Papers

Doctoral Dissertation Research Interest & Proposal

Multimodal expressive arts intervention and its impact to special education elementary and middle school students.

Specialization & Papers                       

Child & Adolescent Mental Health                                                                       2004-Present

  • Capella University, 2004, M.S. student, Research thesis: "Bipolar disorder and treatment: The necessary evil?"
  • Capella University, 2005, M.S. student, Research thesis: "Counseling psychotherapy: Child and adolescent case study.
  • Walden University, 2007, PhD student, Research thesis: "Children and adolescent therapy: The ethical code."
  • Salve Regina University, 2007, PhD student, Research proposal: "Revive a child (R.A.C.)."

Domestic Violence, Relationships, Trauma, and Cults                                       2005-Present

  • Capella University, 2005, M.S. student, Research thesis: "Intimate partners: A couple's affair: Helping couples learn intimacy through the sexual and sensual arts."
  • Walden University, 2006, PhD student, Research thesis: "Domestic violence intervention program for men."
  • Walden University, 2007, PhD student, Research thesis: "The psychological and physical stress of the domestic violent survivor."
  • Walden University, 2007, PhD student, Research thesis: "Treating ex-cult members."
  • Walden University, 2008, PhD student, Research thesis: "Trauma of marital rape."

Certifications

Certifications

Mastery of Anxiety and Panic

Behavioral Tech Research

Anger Management Specialist

National Anger Management Association

National Certified Counselor

National Board for Certified Counselors

License Professional Counselor

State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners