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Summary: Private Practice

(October 1987; both full and part time up to the present)

Professional activities have included psychotherapy and assessments, contract and consulting in substance abuse and sex offender assessment and treatment, forensic psychology, and teaching.

Private Practice activities:

  • Mental health services with both adults and adolescents: Conducted assessments and provided treatment of chemical dependence, criminal sexual behavior, andrisk for violence.
  • Forensic evaluations and expert testimony in various areas: Sentencing mitigation for capital offenders, return-to-work assessments for Chicago police officers, DCFS evaluations of child and adolescent sex offenders, assessment in chemical dependence/alcohol-related offenses, NGRI, and fitness.

Chronology: Private Practice

(October 1987; full and part time up to the present)

Assessment and consultation: Hazelden, Chicago, Illinois.

(January 2011 to present: Part-time.)

Conduct mental status assessments; out-patient clients in treatment for drug and alcohol dependence.

Consultant and Psychotherapist, Marjorie Kovler Center, Chicago, Illinois 
(June 1990 to present: Part time.) 

Provide psychotherapy for political refugees from Central America, Croatia, Africa, and Iraq. All are survivors of torture and other violence. Services include staff consultation, training and supervision of graduate students, and preparations of affidavits used in asylum proceedings. 

World Relief Commission, Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba 

(November 1994 to February 1995: After returning to Chicago, I continued in private practice until full time employment with the Illinois Department of Corrections, August 1996.) 

Provided psychological treatment and mental health assessments of Cuban refugees detained prior to entry into the United States. Provided consultation and training for military Joint Task Force staff, reports for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and supervised mental health staff.

Clinical Services Director, Recovery Bridge Chemical Dependence Unit, Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Chicago, Illinois
(August 1990 to February 1991; Part time: The program was closed and transferred out of state.)

Planned, implemented, and supervised counseling staff and set up computerized psychological testing and database for quality control and research.

Clinical Services Director, MacNeal Hospital Dependency Treatment Unit, Berwyn, Illinois
(February 1988 to August 1990: Part time: Left that position to accept position with Recovery Bridge Chemical Dependence Unit.)

Supervised counseling staff, provided consultation for medical and psychiatric staff, and designed and implemented intake psychological assessment, designed a database for quality assurance and research.

Primary Therapist, Lifeline Cocaine Treatment Unit, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
(October 1986 to February 1988: Full time, post doctoral/pre-licensure position. Once licensure was completed, I accepted a part time position with MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Il.) 

Provided inpatient individual, group, and family psychotherapy for dually diagnosed patients and consulted with medical staff and Employee Assistance Program managers.

Clinical Services Director,
Family Guidance Center
(methadone maintenance clinic),
Chicago, Illinois
(September 1985 to October 1986; Part time: After completing doctoral dissertation and earning Psy.D. I accepted a post doctoral position with Lifeline at Weiss Memorial.) 

Conducted in service trainings and supervision for counseling staff providing methadone maintenance counseling and coordinated services for parolees from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


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