LCSW Clinical Social Work Supervisor
Private Practice, Therapy, and Teaching: 2012 - 2016
I recently transitioned to full-time private practice in Grayslake, IL. My business is growing. I am excited to share with my supervisees the lessons that I have learned in building a successful private practice.
Recently, I taught graduate-level courses in advanced family practice for a CSWE-accredited university on the north shore (IL). Additionally, I was the intake coordinator and an individual and family therapist for Family Service of Glencoe.
Before that, I provided comprehensive social work services for at-risk youth and families seeking behavioral / mental health interventions from Lake County government's community-based mental health department.
Supervised Master’s Level Interns: 2008 – 2012
• Supervised master’s-level interns who were providing direct services to behavioral / mental health client/families (within interns' first-year placements, as well as their 2nd-year, 'clinical' placements).
• Emphasized evidenced-based practices for student/interns' work with clients by reinforcing student/interns' existing, individualized, clinical strengths, as well as coaching additional skills necessary to achieve student/interns' goals for clinical mastery.
• Collaborated with CSWE-accredited graduate school field liaisons to ensure that student/interns' learning goals were clearly defined, addressed, and measured during student/interns' field placement work.
• Provided graduate school field faculty and IDFPR (the state-licensing board for the state of IL), with clear, concise, timely records to document and certify student/interns' clinical accomplishments during their internship placement.
Therapy and Case Management: 2002 – 2012
• Provided individual/family/group therapy, 24-hour crisis services, case management, multidisciplinary team collaboration (schools, hospitals, and other community resources), school advocacy (advocated for special education considerations and IEP goals), and referral/linkage to adjunct community services. Carried an active, rotating caseload of 15-20 client/families.
• Emphasized and conducted comprehensive, biopsychosocial assessments for at-risk youth and client families as the foundations for developing individualized, collaborative, client-centered, strength-based treatment goals.
• Stabilized client/families in acute crisis during my rotating, scheduled, 24-hour 'on-call' shifts, in accordance with the state-wide Illinois SASS program (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services program). Conducted on-site risk assessments of youth with potential for requiring psychiatric hospitalization due to their active suicidal ideation and/or imminent threat-of-harm to others. These crisis evaluations were 'out-reach' and conducted in-community-- i.e. in hospital emergency rooms, public or private schools, residential treatment facilities, and/or private residences/homes. During/after hospitalization, I offered individual and family therapy services, case management, advocacy, and referrals to other community resources to help stabilize treatment progress made during clients' hospitalization.
• Actively built and maintained a network of collaborative relationships with other community resources to foster comprehensive support for mental health/basic needs for the community.
• Documented and maintained required JACHO, Medicaid, and other third-party payor clinical documentation to substantiate client/family needs for continued social work services.
'LAN 35' / Wraparound Committee Chair – 2005 – 2012
• Co-facilitated via 'steering committee' 'LAN 35.' 'LAN 35' is a network of community resources funded by state-of-IL with 'flex fund' dollars that are specifically earmarked to develop individualized, multidisciplinary “wraparound” social service teams to assist at-risk youth and their families in achieving community stabilization and mental health treatment goals.
• On a case-by-case basis, provided clinical consultation and supervision to outside direct service providers seeking additional resources for their most challenging clients and families.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Impulse Control Disorders
Anxiety or Fears
Child or Adolescent
Trauma and PTSD