Academic Background and Qualifications

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CREDENTIALS AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

            Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

            Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist

            Certified in Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) Evidence-Based Practice

            Trained in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) Evidence-Based Practice 

            Trained in Seeking Safety Evidence-Based Practice

            Certified in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Evidence-Based Practice

            Experience developing and overseeing programs

 

EDUCATION

 

Loyola Marymount University- Masters Degree                                                                             2008- 2010          

            Marriage and Family Therapy/ Art Therapy

 

University of California, Berkeley- Bachelors Degree                                                                     2004-2006          

            Major: Psychology Minor: Gender and Women’s Studies

                                               

Santa Monica College- Associates Degree                                                                                        2002-2004

            General Education

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

 

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services                                                                              May 2013- May 2014

            Bilingual Therapist II

  • Interface with related community agencies and referral sources including Safe Place for Youth and Tri-City SELPA in order to determine how to best provide mental health services for Transitional Aged Youth

  • Coordinate outreach efforts for Transitional Aged Youth Team, focusing on building relationships with homeless Transitional Aged Youth and providing outreach and engagement

  • Determine appropriate level of care for Transitional Aged Youth referrals

  • Provide crisis intervention and treatment for approximately 35 clients including Full-Service Partnership, Field Capable, and Adult Outpatient clients

  • Provide case management which includes referrals and linkage to community support services, psychiatrist, medical care, housing, social services, and social activities

     

    Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services                                                                        June 2012- May 2013         

                Bilingual Therapist I

  • Provided coordination for the adult outpatient therapeutic group program including direct facilitation and creation of art therapy curriculum as well as overseeing and coordinating agency groups

  • Organized Open House for Adult Outpatient Clients eligible for group therapy in order to dispense information regarding agency groups offered

  • Provided crisis-intervention and treatment for approximately 45 clients including Full-Service Partnership, Field Capable, and Adult Outpatient clients

  • Performed intake assessment and provide diagnosis; formulate treatment plans that promote development and maintenance of individual goals

  • Provided case management which included referral and linkage to community support services, psychiatrist, medical care, housing, social services, and social activities

  • Monitored and maintained client service documentation, ensuring compliance with Agency policies and procedures as well as DMH contract

  • Exceeded productivity expectation by over 300 hours

               

    ChildNet Youth and Family Services                                                                                           November 2010-June 2012

                Marital & Family Therapy / Art Therapy Intern                                                                                  

  • Provided individual and family therapy for 20 clients, utilizing art therapy techniques when appropriate

  • Utilized evidence-based practices including PCIT and MAP to help clients and families reach their goals

  • Interviewed and conducted diagnostic assessments of clients in order to develop treatment and recovery plans for clients and/or their family members

  • Coordinated mental health support services to clients and families by linking them to other community resources

     

    Carson Family Resource Center                                                                                                   September 2009-May 2010

                Marital & Family Therapy/ Art Therapy Practicum Student                

  • Interviewed and conducted diagnostic assessments of approximately 10 clients in order to develop treatment and recovery plans for clients and/or their family members

  • Provided one-on-one therapy for elementary aged clients and their families

  • Led multiple groups utilizing art therapy with elementary/ middle school students

  • Assisted in community education program on mental illness in elementary aged students

     

    Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Clinic                                                                             January 2009-June 2009

                Marital & Family Therapy/ Art Therapy Practicum Student

  • Engaged in psycho-educational activities with consumers, families, and caregivers

  • Participated in the development of individual and group treatment plans designed to address mental, emotional, and family disorders and dysfunction

  • Lead multiple groups utilizing art therapy and talk therapy

  • Provided one-on-one approximately 10 therapy for clients on a weekly/ biweekly basis

                       

       U.C. Berkeley Suitcase Clinic (Homeless Youth Clinic)                                                          September 2004- June 2006

            Volunteer

  • Served as an advocate for homeless youth

  • Provided case management for the local homeless youth

  • Trained new volunteers to effectively aid local homeless youth

  • Outreached to community for both referrals and services

               

    California Association of Student Councils                                                                                 August 2000-2006

                State Vice President    

  • Staffed and directed leadership over 15 conferences throughout the state of California

  • Trained students and leadership advisors in meeting management and leadership skills

  • Counseled youth to be more empowered leaders and more self-confident individuals

     

     

    HONORS AND AWARDS

                College of Communication and Fine Arts Scholarship                                                  2010

                MFT Los Angeles County DMH Consortium Stipend                                                   2009-2010         

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