“From 2006 until today, I have been working as a  Child Protective Specialist for  NYC Administration for Children’s Services, NY.  This is a full-time position in which I  perform investigations of reports of child abuse/neglect and ensure child safety and welfare. I interview clients, write comprehensive reports for family court. While adhering to agency and state deadlines, I prepare petitions on abuse/neglect cases and testify in family court on fact-finding hearings and other proceedings. I place children in protective custody as needed, and participate in various trainings regarding child protection, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.
During the time I was working for NYC ACS, I was also interning part-time as a mental health counselor for ACS  and for Veritas, Inc. For both agencies, I assessed clients, developed treatment plans, and led individual and group therapy sessions utilizing Evidence Based Models for mental health, family issues, and addiction issues. I reviewed and evaluated clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans, and coordinated counseling efforts with other mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and social workers.”
My participation in Best Practice Trainers, Inc. has been ongoing since we presented live workshops on CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-Occurring Disorders in New York City in 2013. I now have my doctorate from Cumberlands University, and very interested in the topic of support for Mental Health clinicians. I’ve helped design the pretest and posttest questions for the trainings to reflect my interest. I’ve also designed and presented webinars on In-Home Mental Health Care, and on Mental Health evaluations for immigrants.