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Teressa Breaux

Advisor/Counselor with legal knowledge

Lafayette, LA

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Attended Louisiana State University with a dual major in English and Journalism along with a minor in African &African American studies. I am applying for a position utilizing my coursework in communications and English, customer relations, computers, communications, human relations, cultural communications and leadership (a strong focus in underprivileged adolescence).

Work Experience

Juvenile Probation Officer

State of Louisiana
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Lafayette, LA
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June 2012 to March 2014

Responsibilities 
serve as case manager 
•complete intake process, if applicable 
•make recommendations for probation and parole conditions 
•attend court, testify, and provide information to the court 
•complete Pre-dispositional Investigation and Social History 
•complete orientation process with youth and family 
•assist youth in understanding and complying with the court order 
•hold youth accountable for conditions of the court order and the service plan 
•conduct a risk/needs assessment 
•obtain additional information (health and school records, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.) 
•develop the Individual Service Plan (ISP) based on needs identified in initial assessments and review with appropriate staff and providers 
•maintain regular contact with youth and family, according to supervision standards 
•update information in the case management system 
•build a working relationship with youth’s family to promote successful service delivery 
•conduct consistent curfew checks and/or home visits 
•conduct drug screens within 30 days of case assignment and regular intervals according to the level of supervision 
•arrange and provide transportation for youth and families as needed 
•initiate and/or participate in all staffings (meetings to discuss the youth’s progress) 
•be familiar with office technology and possess typing skills for input and documentation of case-specific information and events 
•serve as the link between home, community, school and the juvenile justice system 
•coordinate services to provide educational, vocational, and treatment opportunities for youth to obtain skills, promoting successful maintenance within the community and/or reintegration into the community 
•facilitate communication between staff and parents through increased utilization of contacts and technology 
•submit modification to OJJ attorneys and file modifications with the court and make necessary recommendations 
•determine youth probation/parole violations 
•complete initial custody classification 
•complete a packet on youth to disseminate to facilities 
•coordinate youth’s placement into custody 
•maintain consistent contact with youth and residential facility staff 
•develop and implement aftercare plans for youth in residential programs and make recommendations regarding the aftercare and permanent plan, ensuring family involvement 
•complete home study 
•supervise and monitor furloughs and home passes 
•initiate interstate compact application process on youth 
•serve as duty officer 
•collaborate with other agencies 
•possess knowledge of youth treatment programs 
•understand mandatory reporting procedures 
•assist in apprehension of runaway youth and absconders 
•execute verified complaints 
•possess knowledge of services provided by community-based programs, residential, and secure care treatment programs 
•enhance skills and knowledge through staff development 
•provide excuse letters for youth and parent/guardian following appointment with probation/parole officer

CAREER ADVISOR

Dynamic Education Systems, Inc
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2009 to 2012

Department of Labor 
Job Corps 
Assisted Graduates of the Job Corps Program in matriculating into the workforce. 
Worked with the community to inform them about the Job Corps Program. 
Kept a detailed analysis on job trends, and community involvement. 
Taught life skills and worked specifically with students transitioning out of the program.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Small Business Enterprises

Baton Rouge, LA
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2008 to 2009

Crisis Counselor

Louisiana Spirit Harmony Family Support and Outreach Services
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Baton Rouge, LA
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June 2008 to June 2008

Provide crisis counseling services to over twenty schools, ranging in seven parishes expanded over the Greater Baton Rouge metropolis. Conduct social skill interventions to children and adolescence, which have experienced a vast range of traumatic experience. Provide written documentation of counseling services for state regulated purposes including detailing notes on clients specific to individual services rendered. 
* Specialized Crisis Counselor focus with an emphasis on "person contact counseling" 
* Mentor at Capital High Pre-College Academy supervising a group of young women instructing them on life skills through the use of situational role play. 
* Counseling Certification in several areas including HATS: Healing after Trauma in School, CBITS: Cognitive Behavior Trauma in Schools, and STaRT. 
 
*Certification verification can be granted upon request.

SPECIALTY CRISIS COUNSELOR

Louisiana Spirit
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Baton Rouge, LA
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2006 to 2008

PROGRAM SPECIALIST

The Road Home
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Baton Rouge, LA
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2006 to 2006

2006)

Education

JD in Law

Southern University Law Center -
Baton Rouge, LA

2010 to 2014

BA in English-Dual Minor in Journalism and African/ American Studies

Louisiana State University -
Baton Rouge, LA

2001 to 2006

Additional Information

SKILLS 
Handle organizational functions such as media, community, consumer, industry, and governmental relations; political campaigns; interest-group representation; conflict mediation; or employee and investor relations. Help and organize public functions. Understand the attitudes and concerns of consumers, employees, and various other groups. Communication in public relations through establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, and public interest groups, and with representatives from print and broadcast journalism. 
 
Computer 
Microsoft Office, POS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Word Perfect 7.0, Microsoft PowerPoint (presentations to customers and classes), Internet and Adobe Acrobat, Managed full service copy center for one year 
 
Communication 
Edited Black Student Union Newsletter, Composed letters for grants to provide awards to winners of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poetry Contest, Introduced 2004 speaker for Louisiana State University Dr.King celebration also designed publicity for the occasion, trained fifty team leaders to recruit incoming freshmen to the University 
 
Human Relations 
Implemented a battered women's shelter, Recruited high school seniors to the University, Mentored incoming freshmen to the University through program, " Genesis Mentoring", advocated for low income families babysitting services, and education of voter registration. 
 
Leadership 
Participated in LSU Ambassadors for three years, coordinated recruitment for 200 juniors during Springfest, Planned Black Student Union Newsletter, Compiled events as Special Events Coordinator for LSU Ambassadors, MLK program director 
 
International Relations 
Traveled to East Africa and taught young women life skills (4 months, Summer 2006)