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Summary

Highly skilled and dedicated mental health professional with demonstrated success in providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatment plans for patients with varying mental health disorders, specializing in prison populations. Exemplary understanding of the nature of mental health disorders. Compassionate professional with expertise in effective communication, building client relationships and maintaining strict confidentiality. Demonstrated track record of success working with diverse populations in one-on-one and group settings. Effective motivator, communicator and advocate with inherent ability to manage many types of personalities, diffuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues and achieve challenging goals. Exemplary leadership skill as proven by successful staff development and group facilitation. Bilingual in English and Spanish. 

Areas of Interest 

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Child and Family Therapy
  • Trauma and Depression
  • Psychotherapy
  • Personality/Stress Disorders
  • Consulting and Advising
  • Treatment Plans and Evaluation
  • Support Group Leadership
  • Guidance and Emotional Support
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Stress Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Teaching and Mentoring
  • Person Centered Therapy

Work experience

STAFF CARE, AMN HEALTHE CARE COMPANY

Jan 2014Present

Psychologist, Locum Tenens

  • Senior Mental Health Clinician
  • Covered the role of Psychological Service Director (PSD) when she was out of the office.
  • Led weekly MDST meeting and provided mental health services.
  • Performed Self Harm Observations Status (SHOS), confinement rounds and conducted weekly multidisciplinary service team meetings (MDST).
  • Consulted with departments of security, medical, classification, chaplain, education and other senior psychologists in CSU, TCU and PSD to determine and provide specific needs of inmates.
  • Responded to formal and informal grievances and supervised incident reports.
  • Trained and supervised masters level clinicians providing mental health services. 
  • Conducted weekly multidisciplinary team meetings (MDST).
  • Determined the specific needs of inmates in collaboration with cross-functional departments.
  • Completed pre-release mental health care summaries for approval for work release.
  • Performed weekly audits in compliance with quality assurance.
  • Assessed post use of force mental health evaluations and responded to inmate requests.
  • Completed Prison Rape Examination Assessment (PREA) mental health evaluation.

SUWANNEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

Jun 2012Sep 2013

Senior Mental Health Clinician, Close Management Unit

  • Covered the role of Psychological Service Director (PSD) when she was out of the office, training licensed psychologists for senior mental health clinician positions
  • Assigned new gains, training and supervising 12 masters level clinicians and providing mental health services in outpatient and infirmary care.
  • Performed Self Harm Observations Status (SHOS), confinement rounds and conducted weekly multidisciplinary service team meetings (MDST).
  • Consulted with departments of security, medical, classification, chaplain, education and other senior psychologists in CSU, TCU and PSD to determine and provide specific needs of inmates.
  • Assessed post use of force mental health evaluations, responding to inmate requests and assigning referrals as needed.
  • Responded to formal and informal grievances and supervised incident reports.
  • Monitored clinical staff with performance improvement plans, evaluating key performance indicators.
  • Conducted training in preventing self-injurious behaviors, behavioral risk assessments and psychological emergencies.
  • Translated English to Spanish in therapy and case management sessions and completed End of Sentence pre-release mental health care summary.

MADISON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

Jun 2012Jan 2013

Senior Mental Health Clinician

  • Led weekly MDST meeting and provided mental health services.
  • Provided inmates with mental health services.
  • Performed sex offender screenings and prepared discharge aftercare treatment summaries.
  • Conducted pre-marriage mental health evaluations and trained staff in the mental health and medical departments on preventing self-injurious behaviors.
  • Supervised behavioral mental health specialist responsible for outpatient mental health services. 

PRIVATE PRACTICE /MAD FOR YOU

Dec 2007Feb 2012

Psychotherapist/Licensed Psychologist

  • Conducted psychotherapy sessions with adults and couples and conducted community lectures and workshops.
  • Provided clinical mental health evaluations and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, groups and children at Making a Difference for You (MAD 4 U).
  • Obtained FARS and CFARS certification.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR YOU (MAD 4 U)

Sep 2001Feb 2012

Psychotherapy Consultant

  • Translated for bilingual psychiatric evaluations and clinical intakes.
  • Provided consultation for therapy, behavior modification and treatment planning of children, adults and geriatric populations.
  • Performed crisis intervention, networking, case presentation and community lectures.

PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAMS

May 2004Dec 2007

Psychotherapist

  • Conducted group therapy sessions with Hispanic geriatric psychiatric patient and responded to crises and at these Community Mental Health Centers: Keter Behavioral Center, New Beginning, and Alpha Community Mental Health Centers. Therapeutic Choice and Bayview Therapeutics.
  • Supervised masters level clinicians and coordinated nurse and mental health technicians, leading team in caring for 95 patients.
  • Ensured medical and psychological well being of patients and provided continuity of care.
  • Responded to crises and conducted group therapy at Therapeutic Choice Community Mental Health Center and Bayview Therapeutics Community Mental Health Center.

Education

Carlos Albizu University

2002

Doctorate in Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Miami Institute of Psychology

1995

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Utmost Distinction

New York University

1993

Bachelor of Arts and Science, Psychology

Certifications

Florida PY8425

2011

Licensed Psychologist

Florida #MH55555

2001

Licensed Mental Health Counselor