TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2013 - Present

   Assistant Professor, Stockton University
                                    Research Methods (Foundation & Advanced)
                                    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
                                    Social Welfare Policy (Foundation & Advanced)
                                    Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice
  Faculty, The Child Welfare Education Institute, Stockton University
 Graduate Coordinator, Title IVE project 

2013- present

 Adjunct Instructor, Monmouth University -School of Social Work

                                     Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice

2011- 2013

 Adjunct Instructor,  University of Southern California, School of Social Work (VAC)
 Social Work 503/505-Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) I & II
                                     Social Work 534- Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
                                     Social Work 562-Research Methods 

2011 (fall)

MSW Field Instructor, Temple University- School of Social Administration, Philadelphia, PA 

2011 (spring)

Adjunct Instructor, Temple University- School of Social Administration,
                                      Social Administration 5006- Social Welfare Policy and Service II 

2007 (fall)

Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Camden, NJ
                                       Social Work Policy and Practice I  

TEACHING EXPERIENCE CONTINUED

2006 (spring)

  Instructor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice,
                                     Social Work 611- Contemporary Social Policies 

2006 (spring)

  Instructor, Temple University School of Social Administration
Social Administration 421- Social Research and Data Analysis II
                                     Social Administration 391-Evaluating Programs & Practice in Social Work 

2005 (fall)

  TA, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice                             
                                     Social Work 706-Policies for Children and Their Families
                                     (Instructor: Richard Gelles, PhD) 

PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

2010- 2012

  City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services
 Qualitative Service Reviewer
                                    Conducted quality assurance case reviews utilizing standardized protocol on  randomly selected child welfare cases during monthly review                                                  process. Case stakeholders are interviewed for experiential feedback related to case plans and inclusion. Improvement strategies and direct                                              feedback reported to Commissioner.  

2002- 2011

 Assessment and Treatment Alternatives, Philadelphia, PA       
 Mobile Therapist
                                    Provided intensive therapeutic interventions (CBT) to children and family in non- traditional settings and developed treatment plan                                                                  recommendations for services in the least restrictive environment.  

2009

 Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services, Ogden, Utah
 State Qualitative Case Reviewer
                                   Conducted Qualitative Case Review utilizing standardized state protocol in quality assurance review in Northern Region on randomly selected                                              child welfare  cases during annual review process. 

1998-2001

   Episcopal Community Services, Philadelphia, PA                                         

                                  Senior SCOH Case Manager    
                                   Supervised and coordinated home based parenting and life skills
                                   paraprofessionals, and supported strategies to continue to provide comprehensive
                                   family-based social work services to children and families involved in CPS.

                                  Agency Liaison
                                  Served as agency liaison to Philadelphia Department of Human Services and Temple University Philadelphia Outcomes Measures Project.                                                    Trained staff members on instrument utilization and outcome measures tracking, routine data collection and transmission.

 Workshop Facilitator    
                                   Designed, implemented and facilitated weekly workshops at homeless shelter tailored to meet contractual/program requirements for                                                            families, women and  teens facing extreme psychosocial stressors. Additionally designed standardized,  co-facilitated and evaluated                                                            workshops designed to provide parenting skills and  child maltreatment prevention for Philadelphia Department of Human Services  referred                                                 families.

                                   Services to Children in their Own Homes (SCOH) Social Worker
                                   Provided comprehensive in home family based services to children and families with allegations of maltreatment and at risk for removal into                                                 out of home care  .

1997-1998

   Assessment and Treatment Alternatives, Philadelphia, PA                                                              
 Therapeutic Support Staff          
                                    Provided 1:1 mental health intervention and support to child with MH/MR diagnoses to provide age appropriate psychosocial growth, utilizing                                                  Cognitive Behavioral Therapies 

1996-1997

 The Salvation Army, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                
 Residential Counselor    
                                    Supervised and counseled dependent and delinquent youth at County CPS emergency shelter placement      

PRACTICE EXPERIENCE CONTINUED

1993-1996

 Dane County Juvenile Court, Madison, WI   
 Juvenile Court Counselor
                                    Oversaw daily activities of residents at emergency placement facility for adolescents awaiting violation hearings or placement   

OTHER PROFESSIONAL/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

2017 - Present

Advisory Board, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, New Mexico

2015

  Child Maltreatment, Journal of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
 Peer Reviewer 

2015-Present

  Council On Social Work Education,  Annual Program Meeting
  Peer Reviewer: Child Welfare, Policy, Immigration 

2014- Present

 The Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research, Fostering Futures, University of Pennsylvania
 Co Chair, Practice and Data Committee 

2014-present

  Board of Trustees, Allies in Caring, Hammonton, NJ 

2013-present

 Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (CICW), Co Chair Practice Committee, Research Committee 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES CONTINUED

2009- 2010

 Department of Human Services (DHS)  Education Work Group, Philadelphia, PA
 Consultant, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
                                   Participate in a cross systems collaborative, time limited multidisciplinary work  group charged with the integration of federal policy mandates                                                 into local  jurisdictional policy and protocol and development of DHS Education Support Center.  

2008-present

  Capitolo Recreation Center
 Capitolo Youth Soccer League, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                           
 Founder/Director
                                   Organized and trained Latin American youth ages 3-14 in basic soccer skills at inner-city recreation center. Incorporate family members via                                                   volunteering and recognition ceremonies. Bilingual coordination of programming and tournaments.  Develop community outreach forums for                                                working with local pro soccer teams and  Philadelphia Department of Recreation to expand and promote soccer within the inner city and                                                        among Latin American immigrant community. Community outreach to support integration and acceptance. Negotiate annual seasonal                                                            permits  with City of Philadelphia. Acquire and manage annual $6000 Activities Fund Grant budget. 

2003-2006

 Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia
  Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA), Philadelphia, PA                                                     
 CASA Volunteer     

2000-2001

 University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
 Student Representative, Student Council, Part-time Student Association,  Research Sequence Committee. 

1992-1993

  Dane County Fair Housing Council, Madison, WI                                                                          
 Housing Discrimination Investigator
                                   Conducted investigations of rental screening practices of properties according to discrimination complaints. Assumed various                                                                        socioeconomic identities during interviews as assigned. Documented interview content and prepared testimony  for court hearings. 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development, 2014, Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice, Certified Faculty Facilitator

North American Primary Care Research Group, Member 2013 to present

Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, 2012 to present, Research Committee, Practice Committee

The Council on Social Work Education, Member, 2009 to present

The Society for Social Work and Research, Member, 2007 to present

Child Welfare League of America, Member, 1999 to present

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Member, 2001 to present

National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter, Member, 2000 to present 

SKILLS

 Fluent in Spanish; oral, written

Proficient in French; oral, written

Trained in administering neuropsychological testing: WAIS, WCST

Certified Research Coordinator, CITI trained

Trained in live Behavioral Observation Coding 

Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Certified Instructor of Core Concepts in Trauma Informed Child Welfare by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)