Lawyer Assistant Program (LAP)
Lawyer Assistant Program (LAP)
March 2005 to August 2017
Piedmont Clinical Coordinator
• Provided assessments to judges, lawyers and law students in assigned districts who were experiencing issues related to substance use/chemical addiction and/or other addictions, and/or mental health disorders in order to make necessary referral to treatment provider.
• Provided individual counseling and facilitate confidential peer support groups for judges, lawyers and law students.
• Coordinated system of care for client under a LAP Contract
• Established and maintained client records to include comprehensive clinical assessments, and progress notes in accordance with all federal, state and LAP policies and procedures.
• Provided case management services including coordinating and collaborating with other treatment providers working with the lawyer
• Clinical monitoring of client compliance to include: UDS reports, client self-reports, treatment providers’ reports, etc.
• Worked with the Grievance arm of the North Carolina State Bar when lawyer’s license is in jeopardy as a result of a grievance being filed against the lawyer.
• Worked with the Board of Law Examiners of North Carolina for law students or lawyers seeking admission to the North Carolina State Bar.
• Attended quarterly LAP Board Meetings, national CoLAP meetings, regional district bar meetings, LAP Conference annual meeting, annual Minority Outreach Conference, 12 Step Study Retreat, etc.
• Collaborated and develop relationships with treatment providers and members of the legal profession: psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, treatment facilities, law firms, etc.
Part-time Adjunct Instructor
August 2006 to May 2010
• Taught Abnormal and General Psychology Courses to evening community college students.
• Empowered students for academic success, personal development, and lifelong learning. Performed duties in a manner that was consistent with Wake Technical Community College core values.
• Engaged students in assigned course material during classroom discussions.
• Developed required syllabi for the courses to provide structure and facilitate learning for enrolled students.
• Provided opportunity for student consultation through office appointments.
• Maintained accurate classroom records including course syllabi and grade books.
• Submitted required forms and reports including course syllabi and grades to supervisor as required.
• Attended professional development seminars for faculty members as required.
April 1998 to December 2003
• Monitored and administered a quality treatment program and service delivery.
• Implemented and directed a substance abuse treatment program for Work First recipients to promote sobriety and economic self-sufficiency.
• Provided a continuum of care services to women enrolled in the one year residential treatment program and their children.
• Hired, staffed, supervised, trained, evaluated and communicated with 13 members of a multidisciplinary treatment team. Ensured staff adhered to the ethical and federal guidelines for provision of services to clients and their children enrolled in the treatment program.
• Established viable networks and community partners and coordinated service needs between the providers and clients.
• Worked closely with physicians and Case Manager to ensure clients and children’s medication needs were addressed.
• Worked with schools and Child/Family Therapist in coordinating services to children.
• Conducted periodic chart reviews to ensure established goals of clients were being met and prepared appropriate documentation as required by the state of North Carolina.
• Provided individual and group counseling. Conducted presentations on substance abuse and prevention within the community. Provided 24 hour staffing and coordinated schedules.
***The program I directed acquired a perfect rating in 2003 on annual audit conducted by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.
July 1999 to February 2001
• Provided leadership and support to multidisciplinary treatment team of 15 in providing clinical services to chemically dependent men and women within a 28 day residential treatment program and a 90 day perinatal program.
• Developed treatment plans for clients as required by Medicaid and private insurances.
• Ensured staff adhered to ethical, federal, state and local guidelines, regulations and laws
pertaining to the provision of substance abuse services.
• Supervised the Daycare Director to ensure daycare guidelines were being met for the daycare and children, ages ten and under.
• Participated in chart reviews, reviewed staff documentation, and updated treatment plans as needed.
• Assessed community resources and worked with local community college in providing GED services on-site at the residential treatment facility.
• Taught psychoeducational classes and conducted a women’s group.
• Monitored and assisted staff with specific case based concerns.
• Ensured timely and quality submission of documentation requirements for quality client care.
April 1998 to January 1999
• Provided direct clinical care and educational services to chemically dependent adult clients and children enrolled in the Day By Day Residential Treatment Program.
• Provided case management services including coordination of client appointments and transportation services as well as referrals to safe housing following completion of the treatment program.
• Served as a client advocate and liaison for community services.
• Maintained relationships with family members and arranged meetings to involve the families in therapeutic planning.
• Served as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team in planning services and sharing information.
• Collaboration with service providers in establishing services for clients and their children.
September 1990 to November 1998
• Registered patient for emergency room services, laboratory and/or hospital admissions.
• Completed hospital census.
• Effectively communicated with medical staff and patients of diverse backgrounds
• Validated Worker’s Compensation claims, insurance authorizations and collections on patients’ accounts.
February 1997 to July 1997
• Conducted mental health screenings and assessments of female inmates under the direct supervision of a staff psychologist.
• Administered tests (MMPI-II and WAIS-R) to inmates and prepared written reports.
• Worked closely with social worker in conducting Anger Management lectures.
• Gained exposure to multidisciplinary team meetings.
• Demonstrated the ability to work effectively within a prison environment.
February 1994 to September 1995
• Worked directly with the Director of the Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) Program for males under 21 in correctional facility.
• Conducted presentations on topics related to drug abuse and addiction.
• Acquired an understanding of the relationship between drug abuse/addiction and crime.
M.A. in Divinity in Divinity
August 2017 to Present
M.A. Psychology (Clinical) in Psychology
Certificate of Completion in Drug Addiction Counseling
B.A. Psychology in Child Development and Family Relations