A challenging and rewarding position as a counselor working with youth populations
Pro-active treatment of depression and chemical personality disorders
Success with violent youth offenders
Comfortable with urban environment
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Counselor #13853
Licensed Professional Counselor (CA), #9012
1996 - Present Head Youth Counselor Abraxas Youth Correctional Facility, Los Angeles, CA
Provided supervision for a group of 20 youth counselors, and worked directly with a diverse population of 200 juvenile offenders. Designed and implemented rehabilitation programs designed to help facilitate a smooth transition for children who would return to their regular families and schools upon completing their term at Abraxas. Established group therapy methods and a theatre arts program, both still in existence at the facility today.
1992 - 1996 Counselor Mission Valley High School, San Diego, CA
Provided counseling for 2,000 students, ages 14 through 18. Familiarized students with the college admissions process; helped students prepare applications. Provided vocational counseling for students who were more technically inclined and desired to enter trade school. Ensured mental and emotional well-being of the student body.
1992 PhD, Psychology
University of Florida, Miami, FL
Doctoral Dissertation: "Art as Medication"
1988 B.A., Sociology & Education
Columbia University, New York, NY
San Leandro YMCA, San Leandro, CA
Shook Nursing Home, San Francisco, CA