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This was my major in college when I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree, so most of my courses were Sociology courses. I took such a broad spectrum of Sociology classes ranging from Sociology Statistics to the Sociology of Mental Illness. I feel I have great knowledge and skill in this field because it was my major and I enjoyed this as my major.
Admissions & Emergency Services Specialist
Porter Starke Services
January 2008 - January 2011
Admissions & Emergency Services Specialist
Responsibilities include completing intakes for clients and scheduling appointments with the appropriate PSS staff or programs based on the client's needs. I also provide emergency services & crisis evaluations during the day at the Valparaiso PSS office, as well as providing these services at Porter Hospital Emergency rooms in Valparaiso and Portage, Indiana, during nights, weekends, and holidays. On a daily basis, I work with clients of all ages, suffering from various mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, schizophrenia, and clients who are suicidal and/or homicidal, among other issues including substance abuse problems. I also work with the elderly population who are dealing with the onset of dementia and/or Alzheimer's and elderly clients that are already late in their diagnosis, therefore they are residing in assisted living. Other responsibilities include facilitating admission to psychiatric hospitals and completing pre-certification for the client's insurance company upon admission. I am a member of the PSS and Porter Hospital Crisis Team, which includes working with the Porter County Police Department and the Porter County judges when necessary. I am responsible for completing the appropriate client paperwork and working as a team with PSS therapists and psychiatrists, along with Porter Hospital's ER doctors, nurses, and social workers. I have to maintain and ensure the safety of the clients during intakes and crisis evaluations; therefore I go above and beyond my job responsibilities in times of emergencies. During these times, I must be able to work independently in an effective and professional manner.
The Madison Center
June 2007 - January 2008
Responsibilities include delivering appropriate case management services to families receiving care at the Michigan City location, as well as linking clients to community resources, conducting home visits and implementing programs and activities for clients to ensure compliance. Other responsibilities include writing assessments and treatment plans for clients, to make certain that these plans are being followed. I am required to reach 90 billable hours per month with my clients. I am in constant contact with my clients and their families on a daily basis. I also attend weekly meetings with my team leader, along with my client's therapist and psychiatrist to discuss my caseload and ensure that we are doing everything possible to help these families. Maintaining a good rapport with these families is a necessity and something I strived in.
Youth Services Coordinator
Portage Township YMCA
August 2005 - January 2007
Responsible for the leadership, design, and curriculum for a youth ATOD prevention program, Summer Camp, two toddler programs, and the K-Care and Y-Care before and after school programs, while supervising the 15 employees who staff these programs. I am in constant contact with parents, in terms of any issues or behavioral problems that their child is experiencing. I am responsible for the safety and well-being of the children enrolled in my programs, regarding issues that they experience during the program, at school, and/or at home. I am also responsible for maintaining local and state records for families on financial assistance, researching and writing grants, and coordinating special events. I am a member of the YMCA's Leadership Committee, which is a team of employees chosen by the Executive Director, to generate and oversee program development.
References and Transcripts Available upon request.
Qualifications & Certifications
Purdue University Campus in West Lafayette, IN
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