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Kara Ellis, L.S.W. 1 Riverbend Drive North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (908)938-7657 ke867c2c@westpost.

net OBJECTIVE To secure a professional position that will afford the opportunity to advance my experiences and educational background in the social services industry. EDUCATION Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ Masters in Social Work Montclair State University, Montclair NJ B.A. Sociology May 2006 December 2003

LICENSE Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.) January 2007 State of New Jersey, Board of Social Work Examiners Certificate # 44SL05428600 CERTIFICATIONS Personal Skills for Managers, Danielle's Law, Survival Skills for Managers in Co mmunity Supports, Universal Precautions, Leadership Skills for Managers in Commu nity Supports, First Aid, Essential Lifestyle Planning, Medication Administratio n, Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, CPR, Overview of Developmental Disabilities EXPERIENCE NJ Mentors, Somerset, NJ Clinical Coordinator August 2009-June 2010

* Collaborative work with multiple system partners such as: CMO, YCM, DYFS, CASA , and Mobile Response. * Conducted weekly clinical activities with at risk children and families with s erious behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges. * Updated and maintained daily logs, strengths and needs assessments along with treatment plans through Value Options/PerformCare system. * Provided case interventions and case planning services for Therapeutic Foster Homes. * Supervised and monitored foster parents with agency's policies and procedures. Woodbridge Developmental Center, Woodbridge, NJ November 2007 - August 2009 Social Worker 1 (provisional) * Conducted varied types of social investigations. * Educated individuals families and guardians about community placement opportun ities. * Interviewed and conferred with individuals and their families, physicians, and others in order to obtain significant social, economic, medical, and other info rmation. * Prepared social histories for diagnostic, rehabilitative, and research purpose s. * Cooperated and assisted with the planning, implementation, and carrying out of a program of case work services with the client's family and others. * Prepared and managed daily reports containing findings and recommendations. UCP - (United Cerebral Palsy of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey), Ches ter NJ July 2003- October 2007

Real Life Choices Coordinator June 2006-October 2007 * Managed relationship between the support coordinators and the families. * Responded to referrals from support coordinators and families. * Conducted home visits with families to review Essential Lifestyle Plan (ELP) a nd service opportunities with UCP. * Scheduled and planned the desired services. * Engaged in outreach and referral networking with Division of Developmental Dis abilities (DDD), community agencies, family groups, etc. * Coordinated with various UCP services such as: recruitment, scheduling, traini ng and supervising of staff. Recreation Aid July 2003-June 2006 * Responsible for direct assistance to individuals during designated recreationa l programs. * Implemented diverse activities that fit the needs of the individuals' developm ent. * Assisted individuals with their personal physical needs such as: feeding, bath ing, dressing, and transfers in/out of the wheelchair. * Distributed prescribed medication to individuals. * Transported individuals to recreational activities. ARC - (Association for Retarded Citizens), Manville, NJ April 20 04-May 2006 Support Counselor * Responsible for development and implementation of activities to assist the ind ividual to reach his/her potential in the following areas: maintenance, personal awareness, leisure time activities, prime manufacturing, contract work, practic al arts, and other activities. * Supervised and trained adults with developmental disabilities to enhance their individual growth. * Implemented activities for individuals according to specified needs of the Ind ividual Program Plans (IPP's). * Documented all safety regulations to minimize any potential hazards. RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE VA- New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons, NJ (MSW Intern) pril 2005 September 2004- A

Bonnie Brae- Residential Treatment, Lyons, NJ (MSW Intern) September 2005- April 2006 LCSW Supervision for Licensure November 2008 - Present (Individual and Group Psychotherapy) (est. completion Nov. 2010)