Elizabeth F.

Crews

5364 Dresden Court Ventura, CA 93003

Email: Elizabethcrews@yahoo.com Phone: (805) 302-9202

EDUCATION: 2005 - Azusa Pacific University – Mild/Moderate Learning Differences Credential 2000 - Chapman University – Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD 1992- New York University – MSW- Social Work 1990 - New York University – BA – Psychology; Minor in Dramatic Literature

EXPERIENCE: 9/06 - 11/07 Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy, CA Special Ed Teacher

Taught fourth and fifth grade students with various learning differences in all subject areas in a self-contained classroom setting. Developed effective behavior management systems and techniques for students with a variety of diagnoses including autism, and ADHD. Conducted IEP meetings serving in capacity of case manager. Performed academic testing, goal setting and coordination of all other treatment team members to most effectively deliver a comprehensive educational plan individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each and every student. Taught Drama and Theatre Arts in the district’s After School Program.

04/06 - 06/06

Milpitas Unified School District, Milpitas, CA Special Ed Teacher

Taught learning handicapped eighth graders in the subject areas of English, mathematics and directed study skills in an RSP classroom setting. Worked closely with the general education instructors in the capacity of case manager to coordinate the educational plan for each and every student including a focus on mainstreaming and inclusion when possible.

09/05 - 03/06

Starlight High School, San Jose, CA

Special Education Teacher

Taught severely emotionally disturbed adolescents at a locked, level 14, psychiatric facility, in a self-contained classroom teaching all academic subjects. Participated in IEP and treatment team meetings working closely with members of the mental health team. Worked with students with many acute psychiatric conditions which included significant issues with harm to self and others. Worked with highly explosive students utilizing the de-escalation techniques learned in the California state Pro-Act Training course. Directed SED students in music and drama performances.

12/03 -12/04

Kids and Families Together, Ventura, CA

Social Worker

Provided parent training and education for foster and kinship parents on topics pertaining to foster care issues such as prenatal exposure and attachment disorders. Conducted family, individual and child counseling to help facilitate healthy attachments of foster children to their foster families.

9/01 - 12/01 & 1/02 - 6/02

Los Angeles Unified School District Oxnard Unified School District, Oxnard, CA Special Ed Teacher

Provided classroom instruction following established lesson plans, IEP goals and state standards for learning handicapped fourth and fifth graders. Utilized effective classroom management techniques, which fostered a positive learning environment. Conducted IEP testing utilizing the Woodcock-Johnson, the WIAT, and the Brigance to effectively plan and track IEP goals. Planned and participated in IEP meetings.

9/99 - 12/00 William S. Hart School District, Santa Clarita, CA, Sp. Ed Teacher Taught learning disabled high school students in grades 9 through 12 in a district with a multi-cultural student population, as well as a large continuum of socio-economic backgrounds. Provided classroom instruction in Economics, English and Language Arts designing a modified curriculum to best meet the educational needs of my learning handicapped students. Worked closely with the career education department and school counselors to assist students in developing job skills and exploring career options. Served as case manager for large caseload of students develping IEPs and Transition Plans.

6/98 - 7/99 Los Angeles County Office of Education, Special Education Teacher Provided classroom instruction following established lesson plans for moderately to severely mentally handicapped high school students. Worked with developmentally, physically and communicatively disabled teenagers with a variety of learning styles. Participated in IEP meetings developing both educational and transition plans which addressed student needs including independent living skills and the world of work.

8/95 - 4/97 Aaron’s Boys Home, Atascadero, CA

Social Worker

Conducted individual, group and family counseling in residential group homes for juvenile offenders. Performed a wide variety of case management functions such as writing treatment plans and progress reports. Trained and supervised line counselors in utilizing behavior modification techniques, including behavior contracts and token economies. Co-led anger management, parent support/education and process groups. Developed diagnostic treatment and transition plans. Interfaced with probation officers, foster care agencies, and various community agencies. Assisted schools in assessing students’ educational needs and developing IEPs.

11/96 - 02/97

Avenal State Prison, Avenal, CA

Social Worker

Worked as a psychiatric social worker in the largest state prison in California. Conducted comprehensive assessments for use in treatment planning including determining level of care and dispositional release. Diagnosed, and/or collaborated in the formulation of a diagnosis and developed, monitored, and, as needed, modified treatment plans as part of an interdisciplinary team. Recommended appropriate services and provided short term individual, family and group therapy as delineated in the treatment plan. Provided suicide and crisis risk assessment intervention, participated in risk assessment evaluation and recommended alternate level of care placement. Made referrals for additional services, acting as liason between patients and their families, assisting them in utilizing both governmental and non-governmental resources.

4/97 - 12/97

AIDS Project Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Social Worker

Advocated for patients and their families to resolve crises. Collaborated with other professionals to evaluate patients’ medical conditions and to assess client needs. Counseled patients by conducting individual and group counseling sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life. Organized and facilitated family educational and support groups to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the patient. Referred patients and families to community resources to assist in recovery from mental and physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placements and education.

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