Experienced Mental Health Therapist
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Location: St. Petersburg, FL, United States
School: The Ohio State University
Major: Master of Social Work - Have Degree

Experienced Mental Health Therapist

Peggy Ann Serena Hemmer, MSW, LCSW, LISW-S

SKILLS

Establishing Private Practice
Clinical Program Administration
Clinical Program Development
Clinical and Administrative Supervision
Child and Family Therapy
Mental Health Assessment
Recording and Maintaining Electronic Health Records
Behavioral Health Billing
Treatment and Discharge Planning
Ministry


ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Recipient of the Mariam E. Prince Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Service and Professional Promise in Social Work
Re-established an impactful expressive arts clinical counseling program for teens in a residential facility
Established a private mental health counseling practice from inception to successful operation
Formulated a successful marketing strategy for a private mental health counseling practice
Sought after as a child and family therapist providing research based and creative therapy
Secured significant grant funding to implement new evidence-based mental health screening and educational programs for persons living with cancer and their loved ones
Broadened mental health screening, counseling, support and wellness programs for people living with cancer and their loved ones

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Reverend Serena, Ruskin Florida, December 2006 to present, Columbus, Ohio and Tampa Bay Area, Florida ------------
Title: Ordained Non-Denominational Minister | Spiritual Counselor | Healing Arts Practitioner |Hypnotherapist
Established a spiritual community in Central Ohio, now in the Southshore Area of Tampa Bay
Offer Ministerial services on a part-time basis
Manage all aspects of this part-time business

Heart and Soul Counseling, Westerville, Ohio ------------
October 2007-August 2012
Title: Founder and Therapist
Established an independent counseling practice that averaged approximately 250 clients per month as an Ohio Licensed Social Worker – Supervisor
Assessed children, adults, families and couples for behavioral health counseling
Utilized cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies along with twelve step program approach, expressive arts, play and sand tray modalities
Coordinated services with community agencies, schools and other healthcare providers
Intervened in crisis situations
Referred clients to the appropriate level of care
Acted as consultant for Guardian ad Litems and the court system
Supervised Master level social workers seeking independent licensure
Clinically supported three Licensed Independent Social Workers

United Methodist Family Services (UMCH), Worthington, Ohio ------------
June 2005-June 2009
Title: Clinician, Expressive Arts Program
Re-established and managed a successful Expressive Arts clinical program
Provided individual, group and family therapy to adolescents and young adults and their families who were receiving treatment in the residential treatment center, Wesley Family Services outpatient program, and the United Methodist Children's Home Treatment Foster Care Program
Incorporated cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies with expressive arts, play and sand tray modalities
Intervened in crisis situations
Developed and presented clinical training for clinicians, direct care staff, family members, and foster care providers
Provided supervision for college interns

EDUCATION
The Ohio State University, Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing Program
June, 2003-June, 2004
Coursework focus: Child Welfare, Social Work with Children, Marriage and Family Counseling, Individual Counseling, Group Therapy, Research, Cultural Diversity, and Public Administration

Capital University, Bachelor of Social Work, Summa cum Laude
August, 2001-Graduated May, 2003
Coursework focus: Marriage and Family Counseling, Individual Counseling, Group Therapy, Art Therapy
Presentations:
The Empowerment of Homeless Women: Implications for Future Advocacy Issues
Seventh Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences. Capital University.
Herndon, P.(former name) and Scherocman, J. (2002)
Depression: Developmental Considerations from Birth to Eighteen
Sixth Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences. Capital University.
Herndon, P. (former name) Stattmiller, L., and Wernicke, C., (2001)
Columbus State Community College, Associate of Technical Studies-Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation (major), Sports and Fitness Management (minor), Magna cum Laude
Graduated December, 1999
Coursework focus: Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Mental Retardation, Early Childhood Development, Business Development and Management

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATIONS
Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker -Supervisor
Certified in Rational Hypnotherapy
Certified in Gottman Couples Therapy
Ordained Non-Denominational Minister
Certified Karuna® Reiki Master
Certified ThetaHealing™ Practitioner

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS – PRESENTER
6th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, Capital University -Co-Presenter-“The effects of Maternal Depression and Alcohol on Newborns”
7th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, Capital University - Co-Presenter - Empowering Homeless Women”
Ohio Department of Health - Birth to Three Conference-“Maternal Depression and Effects on Infants” -
Co-Presenter
Ohio Department of Aging Governor’s Conference on Aging - “Advantages of Tai Chi”, Presenter
Ohio Department of Mental Health Millennium Conference - “Moving through Recovery”- Presenter
“Use of Expressive Arts and Play in Counseling Adolescent Youth in a Children’s Residential Center”- Presenter
“Bullies, Bullied, Bully Victims”- Presenter
“Separation, Attachment and Placement”- Foster and Adopted Children Presenter
Cancer Support Community Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C-Co-Presenter-“Distress Screening”

PUBLICATIONS

Hemmer, P.A. (2009), I Don’t Need Counseling, ------------,
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Hemmer, P.A. (2010), Is My Child Too Young for Counseling, ------------
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LCSW; Experienced Mental Health Therapist; Child Therapy, Couples Therapy; Hypnotherapy;