Child Development
School & Mental Health Counseling
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
School: University of Pennsylvania
Major: School & Mental Health Counseling

Child Development

Katherine Brugger, M.A., M.S.Ed.

Philadelphia, PA 19146

• University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Education,
Mental Health and School Counseling, May 2014

• Montclair State University
Master of Arts in Educational Psychology,
Concentration in Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology, May 2008

• The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Concentration in Developmental Psychology, May 2006

Awards & Trainings

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Specialist I (PA School Counselor Certification)
Elementary & Secondary School Counselor PK-12

Professional Experience

Kutest Kids Early Intervention Services Philadelphia, PA
Special Instructor (March 2018 through present)
• Engage with children in homes, childcare centers, and community settings
• Focus on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children birth through 3 years old
• Work with parents and caregivers to support children’s play skills and developmental milestones

Community Council Health Systems Philadelphia, PA
Clinician (October 2016 through February 2018)
Preschool Family Intervention
• Clinician and Program Room Lead in a therapeutic preschool for children ages 2.5 – 5 years old with social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges
• Plan and implement therapeutic interventions focusing on affect regulation, social skills, movement/expressive arts, relaxation, and mindfulness
• Educate caregivers about issues impacting children, such as trauma, and teach interventions to be implemented in the home
• Complete clinical documentation including daily progress notes, treatment plans, crisis safety plans, and discharge summaries

Robins’ Nest, Inc. Glassboro, NJ
Outpatient Therapist (March 2016 through Sept 2016)
Crossroads Programs
• Educate new mothers on child development and building secure attachments with their infants and toddlers
• Provide individual and group therapy for adolescent mothers residing in a group home
• Complete strengths & needs assessments and develop treatment plans
• Provide outpatient therapy for youth with intensive emotional and behavioral needs residing in therapeutic treatment (foster) homes

In-home Therapist (Sept 2008 through Feb 2016)
Foster, Kinship, & Adoption Counseling Services
• Provide in-home individual and family-focused therapy
• Work with children and adolescents with backgrounds of physical/sexual abuse, neglect, parent substance abuse, domestic violence, parental incarceration, etc.
• Complete documentation: initial assessments, treatment plans, progress reports, and termination summaries
• Use a trauma-informed approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and attachment-focused techniques and interventions

Philadelphia School District - School Counselor Intern
General George A. McCall (Oct 2013 through May 2014)
and Delaplaine McDaniel (Sept 2012 through May 2013)
• Individual and small group counseling focused on anger mgmt., bullying, self-control
• Facilitate weekly social skills groups
• Collaborate with school personnel to develop classroom interventions, behavior management strategies, and goal plans for struggling students

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