I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified as a forensic social worker and psychotherapist. More specifically, I practice as a criminal justice clinician and mental health professional where I counsel, teach, train, and consult on multifaceted criminal justice teams with hard to reach populations in the therapeutic field. More specifically, I conduct group therapy, individual therapy, and staff trainings in criminal justice settings. I also create and implement employee trainings and criminal justice intervention models used to educate and enhance the criminal justice field. Along with this experience, I have worked as a fulltime law enforcement officer and was most recently a reserve corrections officer with the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.
I also have a private practice where I practice as a Certified Master Forensic Social Worker (CMFSW) and Psychotherapist. My current practice focuses on severe and persistent mental health concerns as well as mild mental health conditions. I am licensed in Missouri and Illinois, where I counsel, teach, train, and consult on many therapeutic human services teams with specialization with hard to reach populations. I have a solid foundation of treating and managing offenders, criminal justice personnel, military personnel, adults, youth, families, and victims of crime. I also conduct online therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and staff trainings in multiple settings.
I graduated from the St. Louis Naval Junior Academy ROTC program with honors and proceeded to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC). I graduated from UMC in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and graduated in 2001 with a Master of Social Work degree in Clinical and Administrative Social Work. I have worked in the social and human services field for 17 years. I also attained a Doctorate of Social Work degree from Capella University. My emphasis is in criminal justice and forensic social work. My research focused on the training of criminal justice system staff on how to manage, support, and work with the criminally mentally ill offender. I was successfully published by ProQuest and my research can be found at ProQuest.com, look up UMI Number: 3645497.
In addition, I am an accomplished university-level instructor and deal effectively with students from all backgrounds including traditional and non-traditional learners. For example, most recently I was faculty with the University of Phoenix and held the position of adjunct faculty with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Social Work. At both universities, I taught classes focused on human services, nonprofit organizations, therapeutic interventions, and skill development. I have also participated in service learning for several years as a field instructor for graduate and undergraduate students in the field of social work. As a field instructor, I received the 2007 Field Instructor of the Year Award and the 2006 New Professional Award from the University of Missouri School of Social Work. In addition, in 2014, in recognition of outstanding professional achievement in forensic social work, I have been nominated to receive the Diplomate designation with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). This designation recognizes superior education, skill, and performance in the forensic field.