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Professional ​
Objective

My objective as Educational Social Worker is to support children, adolescents and families by providing solution focused, skill based approach to treatment. 

State of Michigan Licensed Certified Social Worker

Work​
experience​
School Social Worker - Hillel Day School 

​2013 - 2018

 

Serviced students, staff and parents in grades k-2 and 7-8

• Developed and facilitated school wide "MENSCH" presentation for students and staff

• Arranged for State of Michigan: Cyber Safety Initiative to present to grades K-8

• Arranged for expert professional speakers to present on proper use of social media

• Coordinated and facilitated a new student buddy program

• Provided ongoing classroom lessons for grades K-2 on respect/responsibility, friendship, empathy, tattling vs. telling, problem solving, self-regulation, expressing feelings appropriately, nonverbal social skills (personal space, eye contact, body language), social skills (introducing yourself, joining a group, manners) etc...

• Participated in internal staffing's with administration, parents and teachers to support students academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs

• Attended k-2 grade-level student concern meetings to brainstorm accommodations to support at risk students 

• Provided ongoing individual and small group therapy sessions on social, emotional, behavioral skills (i.e. manners, listening, following directions, anger management, divorce, loss of loved one, friendship skills, self esteem, conflict resolution/problem solving skills, organization, etc ... ) 

• Provided ongoing individual and group support for students who exhibit extreme difficulty understanding and displaying appropriate basic social cues (i.e. personal space, turn taking, following directions, waiting turn, facial/body language, working with others, voice tones, gestures, etc ...)

• Developed and facilitated parenting workshops focusing on gratitude, stress management/coping skills, navigating the world of social media, sibling rivalry,  respect: raising children in a self-indulgent world

• Assisted teachers in developing individual and whole classroom behavior management plans

• Developed and facilitated 7th & 8th grade workshops on responsibility & respect to ourselves/others, inspired by developmental disabilities, relationships, kindness: making a difference, paying it forward, leadership, empathy for the world around us, reputation, digital citizenship, ownership, rules & expectations, etc...

• Educated each K-2 classroom on Hillel Day Schools "mensch" expectations

• Instructed teachers on developing and implementing a "safe place" in their classrooms

• Assisted and model crisis response approach with students who were out of control/refusal to comply

• Organized 7th Grade students to teach k-2 students appropriate behavior expectations (bathroom, hallway,  playground/recess, cafeteria)

• Supported k-2 students at recess/lunch with conflict resolution, communicating needs/wants, coping skills, understanding difference between tattling vs. telling, enforcing school rules, constructive play, etc..

 

School Social Worker - West Bloomfield Schools

​1998-2002

 

8/99-6/02      DOHERTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

8/98-8/99      EALY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

                       GRETCHKO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

• Serviced students, staff and parents in grades k-5 and the Autistic Impaired center program at Doherty

• Developed and Facilitated school wide "Peer Pal" program for students in need of a buddy at lunch/recess

• Coordinated a school wide Conflict Resolution (Peer Mediation) program

• Arranged for Bridgeworks theater performances on anger management and conflict resolution

• Coordinated and facilitated a Disability Awareness Day for fourth grade students

• Provided school wide classroom presentations on understanding and accepting differences (i.e. Kids on the Block, sign language presentation, leader dog presentation, etc ... )

• Scheduled, facilitated, and actively participated in child study team, MET, IEPT, 504, Behavior Intervention Plan, Functional Behavioral Assessment, MAPS· meetings

• Provided ongoing individual, small group, and classroom therapy sessions on social skills (i.e. manners, listening, following directions, anger management, divorce, loss of loved one, friendship skills, self esteem, conflict resolution/problem solving skills, organization, etc ... )

• Provided ongoing "Circle of Friends" groups for students who exhibit extreme difficulty understanding and displaying appropriate basic social cues (i.e. personal space, turn taking, following directions, waiting turn, facial/body language, working with others, voice tones, etc ...)

• Organized A. I. parent nights focusing on community resources, family picnic, parent/student needs

• Attended 12 hours of training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention - CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.)

• Arranged for staff presentation on violence prevention - focused on characteristic of those students who are bullies and their victims - to increase awareness and identify potential problems

• Performed extensive evaluations on general and special education students

• Assisted teachers in developing individual and whole classroom behavior management plans

• Developed and implemented 504 plans for "at risk" students

• Arranged "Haven" presentations for K-5 grade students, parents, and teachers focusing on sexual abuse and domestic violence

• Educated each classroom with the emphasis on the districts "pillars of character"

• Provided whole class instruction on various topics including listening, following school/classroom rules, being kind to others, paying attention

• Member of the NCA team working on improving student respect

• Presented to staff and parents in regards to identifying and planning for students with an ADD

 

 

School Social Worker - Clarenceville Schools

​1993-1998

8/93-8/98      GRANDVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CLARENCEVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

• Conducted individual and small group therapy sessions

• Performed extensive evaluations of general and special education students

• Facilitated weekly social skill building exercises for the basic "EI" classroom

• Implemented a conflict resolution program and continued to assist in training staff/students in the appropriate process and procedures

• Provided whole class instruction with the emphasis on drugs and alcohol (i.e. BABES, Paper People)

• Arranged "Kids on the Block" assembly for 2nd/3rd grade students emphasizing physical and emotional impairments

• Assisted administrators and staff in developing and formulating school-wide disciplinary procedures/guidelines

• Organized and conducted parent groups focusing on the child and how to develop healthy coping techniques within the family

• Assisted in the development and acted as Chairperson of a Child Assistance Team to provide academic/behavioral accommodations

• Used diagnostic tools such as: Conners, MAPS, Achenbach, BES, DT/CEP, Attention Deficit 20 Minute Observation Charting, EI Student Questionnaires, & Social History Interviews to determine programming under section 504 or for an Individualized Educational Plan

• Identified and evaluated general education students who are perceived to be "at risk" for physical, sexual, or chemical abuse

• Facilitated intensive drug education, violence prevention and self-esteem exercises to the self-contained "EI" classroom

• Reviewed drug education curriculum and assisted staff members on how to best facilitate drug prevention/awareness within their classrooms

• Implemented/created various support groups including Chemical Awareness, Concerned Persons, Stress Management, Tobacco Awareness, and Citizenship Improvement

• Arranged for several staff in-services on the awareness of chemical dependency

• Attended several intensive training sessions to increase awareness and develop skills to better service the adolescent population

• Assisted in developing crisis intervention procedures

• Experienced in dealing with crisis intervention, anger management, conflict resolution

• Counseled adolescents in dealing with issues of personal and social adjustment such as sexuality, depression, anxiety, violence, and peer pressure

Education
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - ANN ARBOR, MI
School of Social Work - Advanced Standing
Major: Interpersonal Practice Minor: Administration Graduation Date: August, 1993

 

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY - YPSILANTI, MI Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Graduation Date: April, 1992

 

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