have facilitated group therapy in both English and Spanish as a contractual
independent consultant to State of Florida court ordered probationary
offenders. I also work as a Per Diem Medical Social Worker/Case Manager for
Baptist Hospitals Health System Network. I currently work at South Miami
Hospital’s Social Work and Continuing Care Coordination Department. I
facilitate the Bereavement and Prostrate Groups at the hospital. I also
facilitate the Stress Management Group for the Cardiac Care Unit patients (Pre and Post Op patients).
I also have experienced working Diabetic Groups as well. I have also worked in
the Behavioral Medicine component of the hospital, providing case management
services, as well as individual therapy for patients with cancer in the
Radiation and Oncology Department. I have also provided services to Baptist
Hospital Home Health Care, integrating general case management and assessment
services to "at home" post hospitalized patients; linking them
to home health and medical services within the community as well as providing
therapeutic interventions that addressed "crisis-like"
circumstances that included, but where not limited to patient stabilization,
emergency housing and or funding, prescriptions and rehabilitation assistance.
I also provide Pre and Post debriefing consultation to an interdisciplinary team of
doctors, nurses and health care professional that provide medical services
towards the relief
efforts of the Haitian
population who are receiving hurricane medical services.
have and still provide pro-bono services as an individual, family and group
psychotherapist. I facilitate group therapy and psychoeducational interventions
for a number of community mental health clinics in the South Florida area;
these facilities have included Switchboard of Miami, Inc., Family Counseling
Program of Miami, Charter Behavioral Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Services
(I.O.P.) for recovering substance and alcohol abusers, as well as Columbia
Hospital of South Florida. I have held responsible positions and coordinated
and developed psychosocials, treatment plans, drug and alcohol screening
measures, and coordinated practices used in the clinical treatment of patients.
I have and still regularly communicated behavioral measurements, assessment
reports and reviews to insurance providers as part of established Quality
Assurance (QA) protocol procedures for patients that I am charged to service. I
also have compiled and generated reports delineating statistical data on
patient improvement, treatment modality, and participation measurements.
have experience as a therapist and program coordinator for the UniHealth
Corporation, and Clinical and Developmental Institute’s Partial Hospitalization
Program that targeted the South Florida geriatric patients at Residential Plaza
(one of the largest geriatric facility in the State of Florida). In addition to
providing clinical services to this specialized population, I was also
responsible for marketing and coordinating services with the facility’s
administrator at the Assisted Living Facility (ALF) at Residential Plaza. I
have designed and created marketing brochures, flyers, newsletters, progress
notes, treatment plans, and discharge summary forms that facilitated the
program goals, mission and values. I also was responsible for developing
program treatment plans, case management, and progress manuals.
presently hold the position of Adjunct Faculty Professor for Miami Dade College
(formerly Miami-Dade Community College), "KIDS in Divorce"
Program, as well as an experienced adult education instructor and past
substitute teacher for the Miami Dade County Public School System evening and
continuing education program. I have also provided adjunct faculty services to
Barry University and Saint Thomas University as well. I am also an Adjunct Faculty Professor at the
University of Miami School of Education. I have experience teaching the
chronically mentally ill, disabled, and elderly population in Day Treatment
settings as well as in Adult Living Facilities (ALF’s) as part of the Miami-Dade
County Public School Systems Continuing Education Outreach Program.
have held responsible positions with Citrus Health Network, Inc (formerly
Northwest Dade Center Inc.). While employed at Northwest Dade Center Inc., I
obtained invaluable experiences as a Program Director for a Day Treatment
Program for the chronically mentally ill (Fraternidad Program), and I was also
a consultant and visiting therapist for a residential treatment facility for
expectant mothers recovering from substance abuse (Carianne Center). My
responsibilities included supervision, coordination and facilitating the
clinical day treatment services, assessments, treatment planning,
socialization, substance abuse, and providing psychotherapeutic services. I
administered a caseload of eighty-one patients daily, as well as a support
staff of eight that included skilled trained therapists, educators, mental
health technicians, and a Miami-Dade Adult and Continuing Education Educator. I
have experience in private practice as a Individual, Marriage and Family and
Group Therapist, as well as having worked in a number of area mental health
offices including, COR Counseling Center in Miami, Lifeline Counseling Center
in Pembroke Pines and The Coral Gables Counseling Center in Coral Gables and
Varona Counseling Services in Hialeah, Florida.
obtained my undergraduate education and degree from Miami-Dade College
(formerly Miami-Dade Community College), and St. Thomas University of Miami. I
obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology, and an Associate of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. I also obtained a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University, where I also received a
Master’s of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an additional
specialization in Human Resource Management. I also completed a Masters in
Clinical Social Work from Barry University. I completed my Doctoral Degree in Education with a
specialization in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.
the field of therapy, I have obtained practical and theoretical proficiencies
in a number of therapeutic and intervention models. I am an experienced crisis
intervention counselor and clinician with an ability to be objective,
supportive and trusting with people. I am committed to bringing about real and
practical results in people’s lives, as well as gaining experience and
expertise in therapy.
am a certified law enforcement officer with thirty-three years experience.
I have experience as a sworn Police Officer for the Miami Police Department,
and with the Coral Gables Police Officer (that included law enforcement
experience as a Public Safety Police Officer for the University of Miami,
Public Safety Department). I have held numerous responsible positions that
included Uniformed Patrol, Hostage Negotiations, and Certified Crisis
Intervention Team Member, Investigator/Detective and Undercover assignments in
the Criminal Investigative Division. I also have worked in other responsible
positions in law enforcement that included Community Relations, as well as an
Administrative Assistant to various first-line supervisors and commanders. I
have also held positions in the Accreditation Section (Utilization Review),
Staff Inspections, Planning and Research and was the Grants Manager as well.
served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve, Ready Reserve Unit
as a Petty Officer Specialist, specialization in Port Security, Communications
Operations, and Search and Rescue Support Services. I received an Honorable
Discharge from the service after eight years of duty.
broad administrative background experience has integrated establishing and
implementing organizational policies and procedures, coordinating departmental
functions, preparing and managing budgets, monitoring the expenditure of funds,
assessing needs and establishing priorities, long range planning, training,
scheduling, supervising and evaluating personnel, purchasing equipment and
supplies, coordinating demographic studies, conducting financial and
administrative studies, and writing grants and proposals.
have participated and co-organized numerous conferences, symposiums, developed
training, and teaching curriculum, provided individualized instruction,
established performance objectives, devised sequential skill-building
activities, and evaluated employee performance. I have familiarity in various
instructional media, test development, preparation, departmental training and
am bi-lingual with an excellent command of the Spanish language. I have
first-hand practical knowledge and experience in dealing with many of the
diverse cultures and ethnic groups that are native to the South Florida area.