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Resume

Professional Experience

Owner & Rehabilitation Counsellor | Volition Vocational Rehabilitation Services Inc. | British Columbia & Virtual | 2021 – Present

  • Provides vocational rehabilitation and counselling services to assist clients with disabilities, health/medical conditions, illnesses, injuries, and limitations or barriers to engaging in vocational or avocational activities.

  • Completes interviews, assessments, plans, case management, counselling, and interventions to empower clients with knowledge, resources, and skills for coping with or adapting to medical, psychosocial, and vocational issues.

  • Uses person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approaches to understand client needs and co-creates plans for achieving their personal, career, and independent living goals for quality of life.

 

Specialized Employment Counsellor | Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehabilitation Services Ltd. | Courtenay, BC | 2021 – 2022

  • Coordinated Skills Training for Employment programs for 30+ participants with disabilities, multiple barriers, and survivors of violence/abuse, to prepare for job search and engage in sustainable employment.

  • Provided pre-employment counselling services, occupational exploration, career development, job search tools, community connections, essential / life skills training, and supported employment experiences.

  • Delivered intakes, assessments, vocational plans, counselling, coaching, consulting, skills training, financial supports, case management, documentation, and progress reporting for $60K+/year in claims.

 

Healthcare Rehabilitation Consultant | Advanced Medical Healthcare Equipment Inc. | West Vancouver, BC | 2018 – 2020

  • Served over 500 adults and families with chronic and rehabilitative health care needs, generating over $100K/year in sales for assistive technology and medical mobility equipment interventions.

  • Conducted assistive technology and rehab consulting services for clients and families with musculoskeletal/orthopedic, psychosocial, neurological, and cognitive health conditions.

  • Collaborated with multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams (Physiatry, OT, PT, Nursing, Social Work, Clinical Psychology) on assessments, recommendations, service delivery, quality assurance, evaluation, and follow-up services.

 

Health & Wellness Rehabilitation Coach | Noble Path Wellness LLC. | Lacey, WA & Virtual | 2017 – 2018

  • Provided person centred, evidence-based health and wellness rehabilitation coaching services for people with disabilities, chronic illness/disease, and mental health or psychosocial conditions.

  • Designed individual sessions to identify and understand people's strengths, values, barriers/limitations, needs, goals, strategies, and action steps for recovery and wellness.

  • Integrated client goals and action strategies into design of lifestyle wellness rehabilitation plans (informed by behavioral, exercise, and nutritional science) based on their readiness for change and desired outcomes.

 

 

Social Service Specialist | Washington State Department of Social & Health Services | Tumwater, WA | 2016

  • Provided long term care services to 25+ participants eligible for Medicaid and Medicare assistance.

  • Conducted assessments, service delivery, evaluation, and case management for individuals and families with aging, disability, and low-income related needs.

  • Co-created person-centred care plans for participants needing aging, disability, and long-term care services.

 

Clinician | Care Coordinator | Community Support Specialist (Registered Agency Affiliated Counselor) | Catholic Community Services of Western Washington – Family Behavioral Health | Tacoma & Olympia, WA | 2013 – 2016

  • Served over 50 high risk youth and families with mental/behavioural health and psychosocial rehabilitation services: care coordination, wraparound facilitation, coaching, counselling, and 24/7 crisis response.

  • Collaborated with team of psychiatrists, mental health therapists, care coordinators, youth/family peer partners, and others to support needs of youth and families.

  • Completed 800+ hours of supervised clinical mental/behavioural health services: including individualized assessments, service planning, counseling, wraparound interventions, and health/safety/crisis care plans.

Education & Training

Counselling Skills Diploma | Orca Institute Professional Training | Vancouver, BC | 2021 - 2023

770 hours of coursework in basic counselling skills, clinical assessment, note taking and records, abnormal psychology, ethics in counselling, family therapy, DSM-V, Group Therapy, Trauma and Recovery, Theory and Practice of Group Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Foundational Ideas (Virginia Satir), Cultural Nature of Human Development, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Multicultural Counselling, and Supervision. This included 200+ direct client contact hours with 40 hours of supervision.

Graduate Education in Occupational Therapy | University of British Columbia | 2017 - 2018

20 credits of coursework in occupational science/therapy and rehabilitation: fundamentals of theory and practice; concepts of health, illness/disease, and occupation; practice skills and therapeutic procedures; research paradigms, methods for evidence; & clinical fieldwork education.

 

375 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork at Maple Ridge Home Health (Fraser Health Authority) and Kelowna General Hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit (Interior Health Authority).

Master of Public Administration | The Evergreen State College | Olympia, WA | 2010

60 credits of coursework in administration, economics, budget and finance, management, ethics and leadership, entrepreneurship, democracy, sustainability practices, project management, research methods, managing conflict, policy, running public & non-profit organizations, and community psychology. 

 

Capstone project on non-profit mental health business and program strategic planning for the Good Therapy Foundation.

 

Graduate internship with Sustainability in Prisons Project at Washington State Department of Corrections.

Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in Liberal Arts & Sciences | The Evergreen State College | Olympia, WA | 2001 - 2003

186 credits of coursework in health, psychology, peace and conflict, sociology, altruism and aggression, Spanish language and culture, botanical medicine, ethnoecology, ethnobiology, Indigenous American history, Skokomish Nation project, human development and consciousness, Traditional Chinese medicine, approaches to healing, cultural studies, biology, chemistry, statistics & research design.

 

Internship with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission at Tolmie State Park.

Certifications  &
Registrations

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC), Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada, Member #3363.

 

Professional Member, Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, Member #13101.

Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional – Transferable Skills Analysis (CVRP TSA), College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, Registration #1584.

Certified Health Coach & Behavior Change Specialist, American Council on Exercise, # W49766.

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills, primarily in a written context.

  • Interest in the psychosocial-spiritual and vocational aspects of people, their lives, thought processes, beliefs, feelings, emotions, and behaviors.

  • Independent, resourceful, responsible, ethical, and professional.

  • Capacity to work well in 1-on-1 interactions, in small groups, and in calm or quiet collaborative environments with reduced auditory sensory stimulus.

  • Creative and collaborative problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to put aside personal bias and beliefs and to be conscientious and sensitive to the beliefs of others.

  • Awareness of local community, national, and international issues that affect how people live their lives; with the desire to make a positive difference.

  • Knowledge of structural and systemic issues, social justice, multiculturalism, and anti-oppressive practices in society; and how these issues impact individuals, families, and communities.

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