Adams, Dawn
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Location: Orlando, FL, USA
School: Virginia Tech
Field of Study: Counselor Education

Adams, Dawn

Dawn N. Adams


Education:Master of Arts, Counselor Education ~ May 2018


Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA


Counselor Education: CACREP Accredited, NCATE Accredited


Graduate Certificate, Crime Analysis ~ December 2004


University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL


Bachelor of Science, Biology ~ May 1995


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA





ProfessionalTherapist – SRT, Inpatient Clinical Mental Health Services ~ February 2019 - Present


Experience:Aspire Health Partners, Orlando, FL


Provide mental health and discharge planning counseling services to clients diagnosed with significant mental health issues and limited resources


Assess client readiness for discharge back into the community or long-term commitment at an appropriate mental health facility for additional treatment and stabilization after a significant crisis episode or history of mental illness


Conduct individual and group therapy sessions to educate and assist clients with appropriate skills to help manage their mental health challenges


Consult with treatment team members in order to identify needs, establish appropriate treatment plans, educate clients on medication management, goal planning, and coping strategies


Identify, locate, and connect clients to resources available in order to promote best possible outcomes


Complete individual assessments to help clients determine the level of care needed as an outpatient


Document daily and weekly client observations and assessments as required by billing entities to ensure the appropriate level of care


MHSS Clinician, Mental Health Skill-building Services ~ June 2018 –December 2018


EHS Support Services, Christiansburg, VA


Provided mental health support services for adults diagnosed with mental health disorders in their home and within the community


Assisted with researching and locating community resources to improve daily living needs for clients and their families


Educated clients on proper socialization skills, financial responsibility, medical compliance, and mental/physical safety


Facilitated with access and utilization of resources for clients on a daily or weekly basis





Intern, Career Development & Guidance ~ September 2017 – May 2018


Roanoke College, Career Services & Professional Development, Salem, VA


Accrued approximately 600 hours of direct and indirect counseling with undergraduate students providing career development, academic enhancement, and holistic wellness skills


Conducted individual growth sessions geared toward academic success


Provided psycho-educational tools and techniques to students preparing for career minded workforce


Participated in meetings to enhance student growth potential, job recruitment, and career mentorship


Communicated with college staff to develop understanding of procedures, tasks and office objectives


Aided with special events and encouraged student participation through promotions and presence


Intern Practicum, Clinical & Guidance ~ January 2017 – May 2017


SOE Mental Health Clinic, Roanoke, VA / Harding Avenue Elementary School, Blacksburg, VA


Practiced didactic experiential application of counseling theories and techniques through clinical and guidance counseling


Conducted individual counseling sessions in clinical and school settings


Facilitated classroom guidance for first, second, and fifth grade students


Observed collaborative meetings with administrators, teachers, and parents to improve the educational process of individual students


Graduate Assistant ~ August 2016 – May 2018


School of Education, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Sorted and analyzed data for research, proofed and edited papers submitted for publication


Performed audio transcription of research interviews


Contributed research analysis and composed segments of an ongoing research project to be submitted for educational publication


Proofed and edited print for published book revision


Assisted with research and interpretation of published works for educational growth and awareness


Research Assistant/Data Reductionist ~ October 2015 – August 2017


Virginia Tech Traffic Institute (VTTI), Blacksburg, VA


Observed digital video and parametric data collected for various government sponsored and/or proprietary transportation research projects to enhance transportation safety and mobility


Used proprietary software program to observe and document driver behavior and driving conditions under controlled and/or naturalistic settings


Followed detailed protocols


Performed accurate data inference and entry while paying close attention to detail for long periods of time


Adhered to high standard of data security and confidentiality while working data collected from human subjects


Accounts Receivable Clerk II ~ November 2012 - June 2014


Office of the University Bursar Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Represented University Bursar as cashier / customer service representative for students and families associated with university


Provided useful information related to financial and general expectations of the university and student population


Maintained private and confidential regulatory information on behalf of students and the university


Processed financial transactions on behalf of students and the university


Reconciled financial reports and monetary transactions


Law Enforcement Officer/State Trooper ~ June 2005 – October 2012


Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles/Florida Highway Patrol, Troop D Orlando, FL


Promoted from civilian status to high liability law enforcement as result of proven performance and dedication to community service and security


Investigated traffic related incidents and completed written reports


Conducted witness interviews, gathered evidence relevant to criminal violations, testified as an agent of the state in criminal and traffic proceedings


Patrolled neighborhoods, enforced traffic policies and criminal law violations for State of Florida


Assisted motoring public by providing emergency guidance and preventative services


Effected arrests and seizures to aid in civil order


Represented agency as volunteer at local public school to promote community values and potential career paths for elementary aged students


Duty Officer/Dispatcher ~ July 2001 – June 2005


DHSMV/FHP Troop D, Orlando, FL


Monitored and operated two-way based radio system for public and officer safety


Provided emergency and non-emergency assistance to officers on patrol and general public via radio and *FHP call system


Operated effectively in face-paced, high stressed environment to enhance safety and security for law enforcement personnel and general public


Disseminated pertinent information to motoring community and provided essential communications to agency officials as per department regulations


Certificates:CPR & Advanced Life Support





Coursework:Orientation to Professional CounselingTheories of Counseling & Consultation


Counseling TechniquesGroup Counseling


Counseling Diverse PopulationsCareer Development & Information Services


Assessment & Appraisal in CounselingAddictions Counseling


Clinical Mental HealthLife Span Development


Crisis Prevention, Preparedness & ResponseDSM Applications


Expressive & Experiential TechniquesPsychology of Trauma


References and Additional Employment Information Available Upon Request