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Valerie Silberman

Wellness Counselor & Personal Trainer at The Jewish Community Center

St. Louis, MO


Work Experience

Wellness Counselor & Personal Trainer

The Jewish Community Center
St. Louis, MO

June 2010 to Present

• Introduced and now instruct small group specialty classes.  
• Maintain and ensure positive small group dynamic 
* Re-designed training parameters to include a greater range of age increasing participation by 77% between September 2011 and August 2012 
• Analyze limitations of clients; research pertinent health information; design regimens based on individual needs; develop solution focused goals and strategies to assist in accomplishing those goals 
• Communicate/Collaborate with team, facility members, 
administrators, physical therapists and physicians  
• Create an environment for positive and effective relationships 
• Provide motivation and ideas related to goal building and personal challenges for a continued healthy lifestyle 
* Schedule weekly for approximately 25 clients plus specialty small group 5 classes 
* Types of counseling to include such topics as but not limited to: mild depression 
self esteem building 
short/long term goal setting 
decision making  
self control 
fear/self defeating behavior 
anxiety reduction

School Counselor

ACS International School

August 2007 to June 2009

• Formalized and implemented the Guidance and Counseling Program to be developmental in nature and preventative in design. Objective of reaching every student, parent and teacher through consultation, individual and group counseling, large group lessons, and information based presentations 
• Consulted with and advised teachers in formulation of strategies for individual students 
• Designed a planned, sequential program of guidance and counseling services based upon emotional, social, developmental and special needs 
• Created tools for transition, healthy communication, conflict resolution, self-esteem building, anger management, stress management and study skills 
• Conducted small group counseling based on specifi needs of students as reported by teachers, parents and students 
• Designed and presented parent workshops to address topics, trends, issues related to the culture of the school and it's students (i.e. culture shock and transitions, stress management, standardized test interpretation, internet safety, grief and loss) 
• Planned and coordinated periodic evaluations to students, parents, and teachers to determine program effectiveness  
• Critical Incident Management Team Member 
• Learning Enhancement & Leadership Team Member. Team would discuss student's areas of strengths, concerns impeding student progress, relevant information and would then work together to develop modifications and/or strategies to bolster achievement 
• Member of the Child Study Team whose purpose was to provide a forum for teachers, appropriate support staff, parents and administrators to seek information and solutions about student challenges and success in a collaborative, collegial manner 
* Maintained flexibility in order to be responsive to the changing needs of children, classrooms, teachers and families 
* Types of counseling for staff, parents, and students to include such topics as but not limited to: Relocation, transition and adjustment; stress management; grief and loss; coping skills; time-management and organizational skills; study skills; goal setting; mild depression; add/adhd; problem solving and decision making 
" formed an excellent 
partnership with com munity 
leaders worked tirelessly at 
improving the guidance 
program for our 
students excelled at long and 
short term planning ." 
Russell A. Macomber 
School Administrator 
"Valerie's style of presentation 
is friendly, open to discussion and questioning, and extremely 
well informed She is equally 
comfortable in the role as a 
team member, as she is a team 
leader " 
Dianne Lee -Archer 
School Administrator 
"She has the ability to develop a trusting relationship with all 
concerned and as a result 
students, staff and parents 
regard her highly and seek out 
her expertise " 
Fran Kolesnikowicz 
Enrichment Coordinator 
"Ms. Silberman genuinely ca res about the students she counsels and has a wonderful rapport with them. I have found her 
techniques to be creative and 
resourc eful.. ." 
Marybeth Rubinacci 
ACS International Parent 
" advocates for her students and presen ts her students with a real world approach to 
Roberta Fishburne, M.Ed. 
School Counselor 
"I appreciate how you were 
able to be a great leader as well as a 'real person' who was easy to talk to." 
Elizabeth Sullivan 
Big Buddy Volunteer, CZC

School Counselor

New Kent County Public Schools
Quinton, VA

July 2003 to June 2007

• Solution Focused Individual and Small Group Counseling to include such topics as Child abuse and neglect; Anger-management; stress-management; grief and loss; time-management; short and long term goal setting; conflict resolution and effective communication; mild depression; bipolor disorder; tourettes syndrome; aspergers syndrom; add/adhd; social skills; self-esteem building 
• Monthly Large Group Guidance 
• Child Study and Section 504 Committee Chair 
• Special Education Eligibility Committee and He alth Advisory Board 
• Character Education Chair 
• Career Day Coordinator 
• Honor Roll and Honor Our Progress Program Manager 
• Charity Drive Coordinator 
• Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Week Co -Chair 
• Professional Collaboration with Project Hope, Child Protective 
Services, School Resource Officer 
• Assertiveness Training Design and Implementation


MEd in Counseling

Virginia Commonwealth University -
Richmond, VA

2002 to 2003

BS in Psychology

Virginia Commonwealth University -
Richmond, VA

1995 to 1998

Additional Information

Passed NCE in October 2011 
American Counsel on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer