While at Tressler Lutheran Services, I implemented the programming and development of care programs in eighteen months, growing from zero children in care to twenty-six families and their adolescents. At DaVita Dialysis, I managed a caseload of 140 (Upland) and 75 (South Philadelphia). I was also in charge of psychosocial documentation and assessment. Most recently, at the Renal Care Group, I managed a caseload of 160-180 patients in regard to psychosocial issues, while also completing psychological evaluations and on-going adjustment and treatment assessments.
Another important issue when in social work is the ability to work with different types of people and different types of problems. I have assisted a very diverse population during my time in the field. At both the Renal Care Group and DaVita Dialysis, I worked primarily with adults, helping them adjust to the facilities and their physical state. While employed at Tressler Lutheran Services, Children's Choice, and Family and Community Services of Delware County, I helped primarily with children and adolescents. I was assigned with resolving familial disputes, increasing capacities for childcare, and providing clinical therapy to adolescents and their families. Along with employment, many of the organizations that I belong to also demonstrate my willingness to work with many different people, especially those who have different needs. The following organizations especially focus on this ability: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County; Legal Advocate, "Hot Line" Counselor, Seminar Leader and Options Counselor.
Education also showcases this ability, and in 2005 I received a Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate from Villanova University.
When at any venue that serves others the way that social workers do, it is very important to manage cases effectively while following up with all of the cases previously encountered. The latter, following up with previous cases, is highly demonstrated by default, because of all the different places that I have been employed. No matter what the caseload was worked, or what facility I was employed under, it was always essential to follow-up with any case. My list of employers and organizations certainly speaks for itself on this issue.
Effective case management is another important facet of work in this field and I have been responsible for managing many cases and implementation of such management. As previously stated, my heavy caseloads at DaVita Dialysis and the Renal Care Group showcase my ability to deal with cases effectively, while dealing with many at a time. My work implementing care programs at Tressler Lutheran Services, demonstrates my ability of effective case management as well.
While assisting clients it is always important to coordinate these services in a medium that is approachable by the community that surrounds the clients and in a way, gives back to that community by effectively helping the clients. Any of my previous employers, especially Tressler Lutheran Services and Family and Community Services of Delaware County certainly demonstrates this essential quality. My belonging to the following organizations, excluding those already mentioned, demonstrates this quality as well: National Kidney Foundation, Counsel of Nephrology Social Workers, Past President of Brandywine Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Founding