I have worked in social services for over twenty years, and have had the privilege of walking along side others through difficult journeys in a variety of social work settings. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in psychology, I began working in social services at Lena Pope Home residential treatment center for children. I have also worked with MHMR and Child Protective Services. I later went back to school to obtain an MSSW and received the MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004. After graduating I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work overseas in social services. I worked in London, England within their child protection system, with Hillcrest fostering agency and Jamma Umoja Family Assessment Center. After returning home to Texas I worked with Aetna's employee assistance program, several UHS psychiatric hospitals and at Carrollton Springs psychiatric hospital.
Clinical social work is a specialty area of social work in which the practitioners main purpose is, consultation and evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, client centered advocacy and treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling.The person-in-environment approach is focal to clinical social work practice. Clinical social work includes interventions aimed at relational interactions and intra-psychic dynamics. It is the professional application of social work theory and methods to the treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability, or impairment, including emotional and mental disorders.Clinical social work shares with all social work practice the goal of enhancement and maintenance of psychosocial functioning of individuals, couples, families, and groups of all ages and backgrounds. The process of clinical social work is undertaken within the objectives of social work and the principles and values contained in the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Code of Ethics.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Texas Woman's University
Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
LCSW # 40845
NASW - National Association of Social Workers
IFSC - International Federation of Social Workers
Past experience includes:
Caseworker, Family Assessor, Crisis Counselor, Admissions Counselor/Assessor, Therapist.