I graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2006 with my BSW and in 2007 with my MSW. In January of 2013, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I won the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award from SIUC Social Work Department. I have been accepted to Tulane University for their DSW online program. I plan to start the DSW program in January 2021.
I have experience working with adolescents who struggled with substance use when I first graduated with my MSW. I then began working as an Adoption Specialist. I worked with birth parents who wanted to place their baby for adoption and adoptive couples wishing to adopt. I also have experience in providing therapeutic counseling services to children and adolescents in foster care. During that time, I also counseled biological parents who had their children removed from their custody. Then I became the Clinical Supervisor. For a while, I worked in a hospital setting as the Lead Social Worker. While working at the hospital, I would with clients providing brief interventions as well as discharge planning for when they would be discharged from the hospital. I have worked with United States Probation Office clients on federal supervision after being released from federal prison. I worked with the clients providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a group setting and individual sessions who have mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders. I worked at SIUC as the Undergraduate Field Coordinator for approximately five years total. During my time at SIUC, I taught students who were pursuing their BSW or MSW degree. I recently am an instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology at Southeastern Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, MO.