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DIRECTOR, SUPERVISOR, INSTRUCTOR, COUNSELOR with 10 years experience looking for a Executive position.



LAURA OCHOA * [email protected] ________________________________________ CAREER PROFILE Dynamic and highly professional; currently pursuing a Masters degree in Human S ervices and holds Bachelor`s in Psychology. Extensive hands on experience working with adults and children providing diagno ses, treatment plans, providing referrals, group & individual therapy, advocacy and counseling intervention. Positive and encouraging nature and able to consistently meet deadlines, priori tize deadlines and multitask. Ability to develop and implement programs to improve quality of life for mental ly challenged individuals and have an extreme passion for their progression and potential for growth. Adept at building positive, constructive relationships with clients, co-workers and management. Enthusiastic self-starter ready for new challenges. Superb communication, interpersonal, leadership and problem solving skills; abl e to drive project enthusiasm and excels in challenging and deadline-driven envi ronments. Bilingual in English & Spanish; First Aid Instructor and experienced Medical As sistant and Lab Technician. CORE STRENGTHS Leadership Coaching & Counseling Training, Development & Empowerment Supervision of Employees Presentations & Public Speaking Intakes & Assessments Strong Relationship Building Planning Social Activities, Encouraging Engagement & Retention Case Management Program Management Psychosocial Rehabilitation Mediation & Problem Solving Behavior Modification Strategies PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE EXCEL LEARNING CENTER TRAINING SCHOOL, CITY, TX 2010-PRESENT INSTRUCTOR Provide outreach to students being admitted to local schools and liaise with pr incipals. Conduct motivational interviewing to ensure students are prepared for their fir st day of class. Prepare and organize lectures and school activities. Promote the use of critical & analytical thinking, perform evaluations, and enh ance the students` problem solving and decision making skills. Counsel students on their academic performance and deliver feedback on their ac ademic progress including their quest, test, homework and project grades. Update and maintain student academic and attendance records. Proficient in all school policies and an expert in medical equipment. Deliver continues psycho-educational support and actively support life choice i ssues including relationships, family violence, substance abuse relapse preventi on, and child welfare issues. FARMINGTON PLACE HEALTH CARE, HARLINGEN, TX 2005-2009 DIRECTOR Managed the daily operations of the CLASS program for Adults and Children with MHMR disabilities and staff training. Created program strategies, conducted investigations and developed/implemented strategic plans. Maintained and updated client contact information.

Successfully met all program objectives and complied with all Federal, State, L ocal and Texas DADS regulatory requirements. Directed client care plans assessments and implementations; ensured appropriate staffing levels. Held meetings with the federal court to determine client status. Liaised with both internal and external partners including the Texas DADS, Medi cal Professionals, Referral agencies, Case Managers, Hospitals, Lawyers, clinics , etc. ...CONTINUE... TEXAS MIGRANT COUNCIL, BROWNSVILLE, TX 1998-2005 FAMILY SERVICE CASE MANAGER Handled admissions, conducted interviews and handled documentations. Coordinated services with a special focus on children with MHMR disabilities. Managed joint discharge planning, and participated in developing treatment plan s, and performing reviews and revisions during the transition phase. Updated documentation and assessments, performed evaluations and referred clien ts to specialized services. Gained extensive knowledge of social work practices and chemical dependency cha llenges. Experience working with mental health hospitals and/or out-patient mental healt h clinics and schools. EDUCATION Masters Human Services Program, Capella University, Pending Bachelors, Psychology, University of Texas, 2001 Phlebotomy Certification, University of Texas COMMUNITY SERVICE & AWARDS Community Advocate Awards: Texas Migrant Council Award Winner (3 Years)

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