St. Bonaventure University – MEd in Counseling Psychology
Licensed Mental Health Counselor – (LMHC) – NYS QHP
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor/Gambling Counselor – retired
NYS OASAS Education and Training Provider #0531 – retired
NYS Certified School Counselor
Certified by NYS Dept of Health, AIDS Institute, as trained for HIV/AIDS counseling
Trained in Child Abuse Identification – NYS
TRANSITION COUNSELING SERVICES – as Owner and Developer:
NYS OASAS Education and Training Provider – trainer for certification/renewal of CASAC, CPP, CPS; Gambling Treatment and Prevention.
Counseling services with individuals/couples/ families and:
- school systems and businesses in trainings and education.
- county probation, mental health and CPS departments.
- developing, streamlining and managing clinic programming to comply with OMH/OASAS/ADA regulations; experience with OMRDD policies/procedures.
- team building to expand services and empower staff.
alcohol and chemical dependency; HIV/AIDS counseling.
- mental health: abuse issues, ACOA issues, family dynamics, grief counseling
- special issues of MR/DD and Autistic services.
- special issues of adolescence, co-dependency, and cultural dynamics.
- “drug treatment courts” within the legal system.
- sex offender treatment programming.
Created/Developed: NYS OASAS Training for Gambling Treatment and Prevention – Online course: 30 Prevention hrs + 60 Treatment hrs
TRANSITION COUNSELING SERVICES: 2014 Consultant for Seneca Nation of Indians.
Phase I/Initial Assessment services relating to the establishment of long-term transitional living units for adults/adolescents/mothers and children, leading to a plan presentation for the Seneca Nation Tribal Council. This presentation included, options for location; differences in the needs for each type of client to be served; models of facility operation – OASAS vs Nation funded; pros/cons of each model; general ideas of cost for construction/remodeling of building(s), staffing and ongoing facility success. This proposal was based on the Consultant’s:
- Investigation of the specifics of Transitional Living facilities designed for recovering Native people as a step-down unit from rehab to home and society based on an informal needs assessment.
- Analysis of the pros and cons of using existing buildings within the Nation for the facility and/or new build.
- Analysis of the possibilities of co-ordination with NYS OASAS/IHS/and other funding sources.
- Analysis of compliance issues between current BHU policies and procedures and Medicaid / Medicare / Federal standards.
- Identification/outline of program components and desired outcomes.
- Outlining necessary policies and procedures.
Counselor: Interim: Seneca Nation of Indians: LMHC in Seneca Nation Out-patient Behavioral Health Unit for counselor on medical leave.
Gowanda Correctional Facility
- Psychologist II for the Sex Offender Program for NYS DOCS.
- Directed treatment staff in therapeutic implementation of sex offender treatment program.
- Led Treatment Team in treatment reviews; supervised 2 Social Workers.
- Completed inmate STATIC-99 and other assessments.
- Evaluated treatment program progress and therapeutic integrity of the largest prison sex offender in the United States – Gowanda Correctional Facility.
Seneca Nation of Indians
- Addictions Program Manager for both the Cattaraugus and Allegany Human Services Addictions Program. Coordinated services – group, individual treatment and prevention as well as program development/educational training for staff; supervised staff of 10.
- Reviewed clinics policy and procedures; worked on project of developing inpatient substance abuse facility – building project and program development.
- developed group counseling program based on NYS OASAS and Drug Court standards for both clinics.
- Case Manager/Family Counselor for the Bridging Two Worlds Juvenile Justice program working with juveniles.
- Family Therapist as part of the Health Services team for the Seneca Nation of Indians; clients from age 4 to 67 worked with play therapy, chemical dependency, mental health issues and problems of late stage diabetes.
- worked with medical services in extending diabetes programming to meet requirements based on ADA guidelines; developed CQI assessment for program.
- updated D&A clinic policy and procedures manual to comply with NYS OASAS.
- developed and implemented anger management program; women’s program.
- Psychologist II at Article 16 Clinic worked with developmentally disabled adults.
- assessed individual treatment of consumers in Day Hab and IRA settings.
- evaluated MR/DD consumers for services; risk management; community mobility; developed behavioral plans according to OMRDD policies; trained staff to assist in the implementation of plans.
Jamestown Community College
– Adjunct faculty in Psychology Department.
Chautauqua County Alcohol/Substance Abuse Clinic
- Senior Case Worker, performed intake assessment/case management/individual counseling; facilitated groups; developed adolescent & female-specific programming.
Tri-County Chemical Dependency Programs
- Outpatient Program Director, streamlined clinic set up; reorganized programming.
- initiated an expanded counseling base to include adolescent and family programming.
Lake Shore Health Care Unit
- Intake Coordinator, performed intake assessment on people presenting to the Psych ER Unit.
- coordinated services for patients admission to appropriate level of mental health care.
- generated input for comprehensive computer program / CQI assessment.
Cassadaga Job Corps
- Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse (AODA) Specialist, developed and implemented a drug/alcohol intervention program based on the Dept. of Labor guidelines for adolescent students in a residential educational/vocational setting.
- counseled individuals/groups of students referred to the program; case management.
Changing Seasons Treatment Center
- Chemical Dependency Counselor, administered intake/assessment in inpatient
- revised and presented lectures; revamped Family Programming – presented two hour program weekly based on simple art therapy as a means of expressing feelings.
Pine Valley School District
- Intern, through St. Bonaventure University, researched school district drug/alcohol curriculum for K-12.
- developed a survey study to be given to grades 7-12.
Gowanda Psychiatric Center
- Intern, worked in sub-acute geriatric unit – variety of experiences in critical care mental health; facilitated psychotherapy groups in absence of psychologists.
- co-owner, managed 13 apartments; interview and screen prospective clients; maintained business accounts.
Copper Kettle Restaurant
- owner, developed and managed scratch deli/bakery/restaurant business; implemented all aspects of the business; recruited, hired and trained all personnel.
South Dayton Super Duper
- co-owner of the business; worked in every capacity of the business; coordinated all of the business accounts and bookkeeping.
Salvation Army Crisis Program/Amicae – Rape and Crisis Hotline
- volunteer for crisis hotline for 8 years; counseled clients on rape, child abuse, AIDS, crisis services.
- received training of over 50 hours on crisis counseling.
- trained new volunteers on specific aspects of drug/alcohol abuse as it applies to the crisis line.
Specialized Trainings Taken:
NYS DOCS/OMH Training for Sex Offender Programming – 60 hrs
NYS Civil Management Training – 18 hrs
NYS DCJS Dynamic Supervision of Sexual Offenders Training
NYS DCJS Tools to Combat Crimes Against Children
NYS OMH/OASAS Train the Trainer – Co-Occurring Disorders
NATI – Gambling Addiction Treatment & Aftercare Strategies
NYS OASAS Pain and the Substance Abuser
NYS OASAS Addictions Medications
NYS OASAS Traumatic Brain Injury and Chemical Dependency Connection
STATIC 99 Training