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Expert in Victim Advocacy; Training and Education

Expert ID: 737448 Maryland, USA

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Promote healthy lives and relationships for the elderly, and disadvantage individuals of abuse, through education, safety planning and early intervention. Consulting and subject matter expert- victim advocacy, restorative justice and family reunification.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2013 Degree: Master's Subject: Psychology Addiction Institution: Kaplan University
Year: 2011 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Psychology Applied Behavior Institution: Kaplan University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Educational Consultant Elder Victim Advocacy Department:
Responsibilities:
Responsible for the day to day operation and activities to include supervision of volunteers, data entry, coordinating training initiatives, training professionals, coordinating activities for community outreach.

Provide training, and technical assistance related to elder abuse and domestic violence. Develop successful partnerships with faith-based groups, and higher education communities to disseminate effective messages about elder violence, trauma-informed care, and support for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, in late life. Coordinate services that victims receive from various agencies including medical, legal, mental health, and investigative services.

Notify reports of elder abuse provide case management of all reported cases of elder abuse from initial report through final disposition. Maintain victim and incident case information, demographics. Maintain all documentation and case records in a confidential and secure manner in accordance with the Privacy Act and applicable regulatory guidance. Ensure cases to be transferred are completed expeditiously and victim confidentiality is maintained.
Coordinate, manage and develop awareness and prevention education briefs and workshops to increase the understanding of elder abuse and financial exploitation and to ensure that personnel know the full range of reporting options.

Provide comprehensive intervention services to older adults who are victims of crimes including but not limited being physically, sexually, mentally/emotionally abused, and financially exploitation. Provide safety planning, supportive counseling, intake, crisis case management and referral assistance. Provide educational outreach to small groups, elder abuse screenings, one on one case management as well as providing linked services to older adults.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to 2019 Employer: Safe- Stop Abuse of Elders Title: Elder Abuse Victim Advocate Department:
Responsibilities:
Coordinating training initiatives, training professionals, coordinating activities of the Elder Justice Coalition and implementation of an Outreach and Service plan. Partner with sub recipient agencies to ensure project completion. Perform outreach and services needs assessment, train law enforcement and victim services professionals, enhance collaboration among community partners and provide enhanced services to elder abuse survivors. Ensure the Agency’s services are maintained in accordance with the Agency’s mission and goals. Schedule and deliver presentations on elder abuse, specifically training to law enforcement and victim services providers using the Elder Abuse curricula as well as community and professional development presentations. Facilitate the completion of grant goals and objectives with collaborating partners.

Serve as a liaison and foster positive working relationships with community members and partnering agencies. Collect data, analyze and report program outputs and outcome data to funding sources. Represent the Agency to the community and collaborate with community members to ensure the implementation and/or maintenance of the Agency’s program services. Collaborate with leadership staff to bring necessary resources, training and professional development to community service providers. Maintain database and manage difficult and/or emotional client situations and respond promptly to client needs.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2018 to 2019 Employer: Chenega Healthcare Services, LLC (CHS) Title: Survivor Outreach Coordinator Department:
Responsibilities:
Serve as US Army Reserve Command Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator, providing support to surviving family members of deceased Service Members through long and short term case management; benefits counseling; financial planning information; legal assistance referrals; personalized and integrated web-based support; one-stop service provider; service delivery based on specific individual needs; support as long as the Family member wants/needs support.

Establish support services, crisis response and intervention, grief care and counseling resources, casework support, case management, long-term Survivor wellness, and community and military outreach. Provide counseling support by assessing, coordinating and referring Survivors for one-on-one and small group counseling.
Provide support services to include information and referral services on well-being programs such as health care, pay and compensation, housing, fitness, workplace environment, religious programs, investments, education, and Family member employment assistance.

Serve as an advocate for Survivors, assess their needs, and assist in seeking resolutions to issues. Provide support to the Casualty Assistance Officer to ensure Families receive the most current information on benefits and entitlements and have access to long-term financial and emotional support.

Employ case management practices in accordance with Survivor Outreach Services manuals and directives, and document all intake and case management information in formats applicable to Army Reserve Family Programs directives and Army Community Service policies and procedures. Provide program administrative support services as needed.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2017 to 2018 Employer: Cape Fox Professional Services Title: Administrative Support Specialist- Contractor Department:
Responsibilities:
Perform secretarial and administrative functions as needed, to include maintaining the calendars, scheduling meetings, maintaining files, handling mail and correspondence, program document preparation, presentations and preparing all travel-related documentation and making travel arrangements for staff as assigned. Provide Technical and program related conference and event planning. Provide planning, monitoring, coordinating, and reporting on Bureau/Mission program activities to ensure that activities are efficiently and effectively implemented in a manner that achieves the objectives of the U.S. Government. Research and provide technical support for studies, analyses, and related Mission and programmatic support. Plan program and development assistance activities, including advising on the preparation of statements of work, project designs and strategic plans.

Monitor the implementation of program activities, with emphasis on identifying constraints, issues, logistical needs, and dependencies of specific inputs. Plan and participate in program assessments and evaluations. Prepare program /project tracking, reports and success stories. Provide records maintenance and other duties as assigned related to area(s)of responsibility. Analyze and organize budget and field support tracking. Manage control and filing / library maintenance. Update and manage portfolio review, management systems and program files.

Coordinate meetings for Family Programs Director Utilized Microsoft Office Suite Provide administrative support for Family Program Director.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina Title: Family Centered Aide Department:
Responsibilities:
Provide comprehensive family centered services and support for mothers to be. Non-clinical care for emotionally, behaviorally impaired pregnant mothers to be in a residential treatment setting, ages between 8 - 21. Perform environmental and safety assessment upon entry to the community or residential setting, crisis intervention, initial contact with referral sources, coordinate the referral and intake process, determine appropriate level of care, facilitate the admission process and maintain communication with referral sources, upon discharge.

Develop safety plan if necessary and utilize crisis intervention skills when necessary. Maintain rapport with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. Provide parenting education on various issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, career opportunities, to include life skills. Provide education pertaining to household maintenance, banking and financial documentation. Assist residents with short and long-term career goals. Provide life skills training, self-care, nutrition, meal preparation, and dietary needs. Supervise food preparation and completion of home beautification. Prepare meals and snacks according to the provided and approved menu.

Provide therapeutic supervision to clients, monitor and maintain order in the home and assist clinical staff as needed. Assure adherence to state statutes and rules, accreditation standards, and federal regulations including HIPAA. Actively facilitate therapeutic activities and interventions that help sustain sober, healthy living as designed by the team. Report all incidents, unusual events and emergencies immediately to the supervisor on duty and in accordance with Mandatory Reporting laws. Complete bed checks every30 minutes if client/child is not in the milieu to ensure client welfare. Oversee client self-administration of medications.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2013 to 2016 Employer: Goldbelt Glacier Health Services, LLC Title: Family Readiness Support Assistant Department:
Responsibilities:
Contract formerly Military Personnel Services

Assigned to Command for the purpose of maintaining the continuity and stability of the Family Readiness Groups as units undergo changes in volunteers and leadership.

Provide training, administrative and logistical support to unit Command leadership team, the Family Readiness Group (volunteers) and the unit’s overall Family Readiness program as provided for by policy and guidance from Family Program Director. Maintain and update required appointment memorandums for volunteers and Additional Duty Orders for Family Readiness Liaison. Track training requirements and completion for Family Readiness Group volunteers, Family Readiness Liaisons and Command.

Establish, maintains and updates telephone trees and email distribution lists and Family Readiness Group email list in accordance with command/state guidance. Establish, maintains and updates unit Family Readiness Group newsletter and/or social media page, under guidance of unit Command.

Attend Command meetings per Family Program Director guidance to gain continuing awareness of command guidance/instruction on unit Family Readiness Program issues/directions. Manage overall volunteer utilization of Joint Services Support portal, maintain and update volunteer records and hours.

Disseminate information on resources available to Soldiers and family members promoting quality of life opportunities. Conduct and documents training for Family Readiness Group volunteers, Command team and family members using standard approved curriculum. Compile and submit required reports. Evaluate training effectiveness through assessments of training content. Complete contact, program and state required training and certifications. Maintain accurate, clear, timely and concise communication with Family Readiness Volunteers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: AmeriCorps VISTA Title: Family Programs Support Coordinator Department:
Responsibilities:
Provided assistance to strengthen the capacity of the South Carolina National Guard Service Member and Family Support Program while focusing on building the infrastructure that will help alleviate poverty among the unemployed servicemen, veterans and their families. Responsible for supporting the organization in the following areas:
1) Program development to include written policy, timelines, plans, templates, manuals and project documentation for employment, family programs and youth services.
2)Develop, plan and implement a comprehensive system for employment, family programs and youth programs.
3) Develop community support and partnerships with community based entities, employers and educators.
4) Marketing and public relations.
5) Resource development in support of creating a sustainable program. Wellness, Psychological Health, Employment, and Family Assistance with a primary focus on resiliency geared toward soldiers and families. Instrumental in the planning and implementation of South Carolina National Guard Teen Panel. Instrumental in planning and implementation of the 911 Monument located in downtown Columbia, SC.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 2012 Employer: II Grace Safe Home Title: Director Victim Services Department:
Responsibilities:
Provide direct victim services, training, and technical assistance related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Help organizations oversee project development, marketing, publications, and media relations. Develop successful partnerships with faith-based groups, military, and higher education communities to disseminate effective messages about youth violence, trauma-informed care, and support for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and bullying.

Assist Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, coordinating and overseeing local implementation and execution of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention programs. Oversee management of sexual assault awareness, prevention, training, and victim advocacy. Provide victim advocate support to include, guidance or victim service question clarification. Maintain a network of24/7 victim advocacy services. Provide comprehensive advocacy services to individuals exhibiting a wide range of issues related to being a victim or survivor of sexual assault. Assist victims in developing safety plans, conduct risk assessments, and provide emotional support, crisis intervention, prevention awareness and education to victims.

Conduct educational and training workshops and seminars about prevention of sexual harassment as needed. Conduct prevention and response training on sexual assault for community service agencies, faith base entities, and community leaders about identifying victim services, defining sexual assault; determining safe and confidential ways to seek assistance; safety planning; protective orders; by-stander intervention techniques, identification, reporting, intervention, treatment services for victims of sexual assault, and the sharing of information pertinent to victim empowerment and enhancing life skills.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Victim Services Certified Professional
Applied Suicide Intervention
Court Appointed Special Advocate
Family Group Conference Coordinator
First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

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Microsoft Office
Customer Service
Microsoft Excel

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