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Mara Delaney

Counselor / Case Manager - QMHP

Salem, OR

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Work Experience

CASE MANAGER / COUNSELOR

Marion County Health Dept.
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Salem, OR
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October 2005 to March 2011

Provided case management services for Marion County Jail inmates with mental health issues transitioning back to the community. Conducted mental health assessments and counseling for other inmates. Performed similar services at the Psychiatric Crisis Center, including: mental health and needs assessments, problem-focused counseling, goal-setting, resource referrals, assistance with tasks, and medication education. Provided additional services for clients in our transitional housing, including assistance with applying for benefits, obtaining housing and seeking employment; coordinated with family members, prescribers, and Probation personnel, and provided tools for medication management. Also served as the prescriber’s assistant and as a crisis screener at PCC and Salem Hospital.

JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER

Ada County Juvenile Court
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Boise, ID
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July 2002 to September 2004

As Diversion Officer, I worked with non-adjudicated first-time offenders to create behavioral contracts and monitor compliance. To assist them, I provided counseling, mentoring, and resource referrals for juveniles and their families, and conducted law-related and behavioral therapy classes. As Field Officer, I assisted adjudicated juveniles by offering the same services based at home and school, and coordinated with community-based therapeutic and offender reconciliation program staff. As a Court Investigator, I conducted extensive social history interviews, performed background checks, and provided the Court with sentencing recommendations. I completed the Idaho POST training academy for probation officer certification.

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST

Boise Independent School District
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Boise, ID
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September 2001 to June 2002

Provided one-on-one behavioral, academic, and social skills intervention for elementary level children having difficulty participating appropriately in school. Developed behavioral strategies designed to help students achieve functional independence and foster academic success. Collaborated with parents, mental health specialists, and teaching staff to reinforce progress.

SERVICE COORDINATION SPECIALIST

Children's Farm Home
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Corvallis, OR
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October 1996 to June 1998

Provided wraparound case management for 15-21 year olds considered at-risk. Eligibility criteria included learning disabilities, IEP's, emotionally disturbed designation, or DSM diagnosis. Performed prevocational assessment and training, assisted participants in finding and keeping jobs and/or community service placements. Teamed with school counselors to create class schedules that would encourage attendance, or helped participants enroll in alternative schools. Connected participants to social service agencies, and involved mental health or protective services where indicated. Provided counseling and support to participants and their families, and helped participants develop independent living skills.

OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN

Adams Community MHC
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Northglenn, CO
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September 1987 to March 1988

As a Master's degree intern, I counseled adults, couples, families, and children, presenting with a broad range of issues. Provided crisis intervention and short-term problem-focused therapy, as well as long-term therapy; conducted intake and assessment interviews; developed treatment plans and maintained session notes; made referrals to other social service agencies and coordinated with them; reported client's participation and progress to the Courts when required.

COUNSELOR

Univ. of Northern Colorado
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Greeley, CO
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June 1987 to December 1987

Provided individual counseling and family therapy through the University Counseling Center, as part of my Masters program. Performed intake and assessment interviews, formulated treatment plans and maintained case files. All sessions were viewed live by faculty and videotaped for critique.

CHILD CARE WORKER

Cleo Wallace Center
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Broomfield, CO
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September 1977 to March 1979

Staff member at a residential treatment center for boys with emotional or behavioral problems. Responsible for implementing treatment plans, monitoring behavior, mediating conflicts, planning and supervising activities, co-facilitating group therapy, and providing individual counseling as needed. Communicated with families and school personnel, and maintained treatment logs.

INTAKE WORKER/CRISIS PHONELINE

Boulder County MHC
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Boulder, CO
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June 1976 to June 1977

Conducted intake and assessment interviews with prospective clients for the methadone maintenance program. Handled crisis phone calls, making referrals to appropriate agencies or involving emergency personnel as needed. Performed follow-up interviews and maintained documentation.

CHILD CARE WORKER

Excelsior Youth Centers
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Denver, CO
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June 1975 to May 1976

Worked as night supervisor at a residential treatment center for girls with emotional or behavioral problems. Monitored bedtime routines, administered behavioral programs, provided individual support and crisis intervention, mediated conflicts, and maintained records. Worked as on-call day staff to plan and supervise activities, co-facilitate group therapy, and provide individual counseling. 
 
Along with my employment in the human service field, I've worked in information technology as a systems analyst, a business analyst, a database specialist, and computer programmer. These jobs cover the time periods not included in this resume.

Education

MA in Counseling

University of Northern Colorado -
Greeley, CO

BS in Human Services

Metropolitan State College -
Denver, CO

Additional Information

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: 
In Denver, I helped adults prepare for the GED and served on the Board of Directors for the  
Metropolitan State College Alumni Association. 
In Corvallis, I served as a United Way loaned executive; co-taught sexuality education classes  
for high school and middle school youth; volunteered as a cashier, Board member, and  
President of the BOD of First Alternative, a grocery coop; and served on the Board of the  
Pastoral Counseling Center. 
In Boise, I became a Guardian Ad Litem for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  
In Salem, I assisted at the Free Medical Clinic, sponsored by West Salem Foursquare church 
 
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: 
Along with my employment in the human service field, I’ve worked in information technology as a systems analyst, a business analyst, a database specialist, and computer programmer. These jobs cover the time periods not included in this resume.