Fostering skills that have allowed me to be a speaker, writer, trainer, clinician, and program developer, I take pride in providing populations with quality service that improves the lives of the individuals, groups, or the organization that I have been called upon to impact. I am currently a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#81823) in California and have a passion for working with clients impacted by eating disorders, trauma, grief, mood disorders, life transitions, multicultural issues and low esteem.
I believe in approaching all opportunities with a commitment to my personal mission: to break cycles of disease, dysfunction and struggle. My backgrounds in Sociology, Psychology, African Cultural Studies and Social Work provide the necessary foundation for any role in human services requiring emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and the soft "people" skills. I have had the opportunity to work with a range of stakeholders on macro, mezzo, and micro levels, in public health, corporate, education, child welfare and mental health.
Case Management Crisis Intervention Group, Individual and Family Therapy Career & Education Counseling
Motivational Coaching Public Speaking Training Creative Initiatives
2013 - Present
BE! Wellness Consulting, Los Angeles, California
Wellness & Trauma Organizational Consultant
Oversee a successful consulting practice supporting international and local clients; provide instruction, training, event curation, and marketing relating to wellness and mental health. Create web-based content on holistic wellness practices. Develop and facilitate workshops, training & events centered on healthy relationships, self-esteem, wellness, mental health, and personal development.
Coco Coalition, Inc., Los Angeles, California
Founder, Creative Lead, Research & Development
Establish an organizational and strategic vision for culturally sensitive international wellness-based social enterprise; facilitate international programs for women on mental health, women’s health, self-care, cultural identity, and business development. Manage community engagement, foster strategic relationships for partnership and sponsorship opportunities.
Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Santa Monica, California
Provide psychotherapy for clients with a primary diagnosis of eating disorders. Assist with psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, progress notes, and discharge summary. Lead multi-family and general process groups. Integrate CBT, DBT, and ACT into group and family therapy sessions with adults and adolescents. Provide family and couples therapy. Develop therapeutic tools for clients. Provide psycho-social education and support for clients with co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Participate in collaborative treatment team meetings.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, San Leandro, California
Managed, planned, executed, evaluated, and improved training program offered for new & existing volunteers in the organization. Chief responsibility included developing, facilitating, and evaluating a 30-hour training for diverse groups of volunteers that covered topics like child development, pharmacology and mental health, substance abuse, mental health, impacts of trauma, self- care/wellness, trauma-informed care, vicarious trauma, cultural competence and humility, intersectionality of race, class and gender in the US, role of social workers, and the juvenile dependency system. Provided interim case management for trainees.
Black AIDS Institute, Los Angeles, California
Technical Assistance & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Managed and developed three national community programs that promoted HIV/AIDS awareness. Established and achieved partnerships with 30 local and federal organizations targeted towards HBCU’s, faith-based institutions, historically significant political, media, and social organizations. Provided training and capacity building programming for local and national partners on a range of topics related to HIV/AIDS and organizational efficiency. Developed and secured significant funding for a nationwide program that addressed stigma, psychological distress, and coping mechanisms as a response to positive HIV status.
Fred Jefferson Memorial Homes, Los Angeles, California
FFA Social Worker
Oversaw case management for children ages 2-15; introduced resources to families that improved children’s health, education, and behavior. Conducted home visits to inspect, assess, and make reports of foster parents’ home environment.
The CITYKIDS Foundation, New York, New York
Social Work Intern
Managed multi-facets of operations, including program design, recruitment, and evaluations for three programs. Provided mental health case management in addition to college, career, and life skill preparation for 40 students and provided individual and group therapy, in addition to case management for the teen population. Developed, implemented, and evaluated a Women’s Empowerment program. Facilitated support groups for adolescents with issues such as eating disorders, body dysmorphia, substance abuse, and depression. Participated in weekly supervision to discuss and monitor group therapy progress Increased fundraising success by optimizing planning and development campaigns, market outreach, and strategic initiatives that involved as many as 100 youth participants and their families.
Sanctuary for Families, New York, New York
Social Work Intern
Counseled victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, offering mental health assessments, individual therapy, resources, and guidance. Conducted weekly individual therapy with adults diagnosed with a variety of disorders including but not limited to depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction. Maintained a caseload of approximately 10-15 weekly clients. Conducted extensive research, presented data and delivered training to city task force teams, agency staff, and interns. Provided individual and group therapy. Designed and administered weekly programs that are serving up to 50 clients. Developed treatment plans, wrote progress notes and diagnostic summaries
University of California Davis, Davis, CA
Student Programs Coordinator
Served multiple functions in Student Activities, Student Retention and Resource Center for the African Diaspora, and the African and African American Studies Department. Duties included peer counseling, event management, and coordination, student outreach, cultural identity workshops, oversight/leadership of various African Diaspora and multi-ethic focused student organizations, and community outreach.
Columbia University, New York, New York
M.S. Social Work
Emphasis: Social Enterprise and Administration
Minor in Public Policy, School of International and Public Affairs
University of California, Davis
Minor in African and African American Studies
Training Topics of Expertise
Creating Culturally Sensitive Programs
Social Work Practice
Neurological & Behavioral Impacts of Trauma
Intro to Child Welfare & the Juvenile Dependency System
Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma
Understanding Trauma of Historically Oppressed Groups
Cultural Humility and Cultural Competency in Human Service Field
The Continuum of Abuse
Role of Court Appointed Special Advocates
Disproportionality & the Child Welfare System
Special Populations: CSEC & Non-Minor Dependents
Psychotherapy Areas of Expertise
Working with Adolescents
Working with Adults
Sexual Assault DBT
Working with Trafficking Victims