BERNARD SOUSSE, MA – Psychotherapist
(email: [email protected] - Cell: 70- 596 298)
HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS:
-Mental Health Counselor, with Masters degree in Clinical Psychology
- Strong clinical skills and a high standard of professionalism
- Twenty four years of experience working with a diversified consumer population
- Strong communication and networking skills
- Ability to learn and adjust to various new tasks and responsibilities
- Affinity for team work
RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Clinical Experience: Performed intake and diagnostic assessments. Developed and implemented treatment plans. Performed case management. Contacted insurance companies around prior approval, authorization of services, extension of services, and termination. Billed insurance companies for services. Presented cases to clinical teams and to insurance companies. Scheduled and attended case conferences. Networked with various providers. Performed risk assessments, and referral to adequate community resources for various aspects of treatment. Performed crisis counseling over the phone. Performed insight therapy with individuals, couples, and families.
Substance Abuse Treatment: Worked with substance abusers and the dually diagnosed population throughout the jobs listed below, and particularly at Adcare Hospital. Attended numerous AA/NA meetings. Ran groups addressing various topics related to substance abuse, recovery, and relapse prevention.
Private Practice 2011 – current
Green Clinic, Sodeco, Lebanon
Providing Psychotherapy for individuals and couples afflicted with affective disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse issues, trauma, relationship issues, parent-child issues, self-esteem issues, grief/loss issues.
Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinician 2011- current
Oum el Nour, Zouk, Lebanon
Assisted in the founding and development of the new Outpatient Treatment Center at Oum el Nour. Developed the program’s basic philosophy, treatment methodology, clinical and administrative forms, rules and regulations through team work. Developed modules for time-limited specialized groups. Participated in the preparation of presentations of the new center to professionals, university students, and law enforcement agents. Conducted individual, couples, and family therapy. Facilitated support groups. Developed treatment plans and ways to monitor progress.
Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinician 2008 – 2011
Adcare Hospital, Worcester MA USA
Worked with recovering addicts and dually diagnosed patients. Performed intakes and treatment planning, as well as individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Activities also included case management, networking, and advocacy. Designed a Cognitive-Behavioral group to address relapse prevention, anxiety, and depression.
Outpatient Psychotherapist 2006 – 2008
BHN Oakdale Clinic, Holyoke, MA USA
Activities included intake, diagnostic evaluation, individual, couple, and family therapy with adults and children from various socio-economic backgrounds, and various mental illnesses and addiction issues. Duties also include case management, case conference, crisis intervention, and advocacy.
Private Practice 2004 – 2008
Associated Counseling, E. Longmeadow, MA USA
Provided Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families afflicted with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. Areas of interest are trauma, depression, anxiety, marital and relationship problems, parent-child problems, self-esteem issues, grief/loss and addiction issues.
Psychiatric Day Treatment Clinician 2005 – 2006
River Valley Counseling Center, Holyoke, MA USA
Offered daytime structure to individuals with chronic mental illnesses through psycho-educational and support groups, with emphasis on the Social Competency model. Other activities included individual counseling, case management, clinical intervention, networking, intakes, team meetings, and case presentations.
Clinical Coordinator 2003 – 2005
Carson Center (Respite), Westfield, MA USA
Provided treatment and coordinated services for mentally ill adults in a ten-bed crisis stabilization and respite unit. Activities included intake, diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning, risk assessment, networking, case management, individual and group therapy, team meetings, discharge planning, and program development.
Crisis Clinician (per diem) 2004 -2005
Carson Center Crisis Team, Westfield, MA USA
Performed all clinical activities related to crisis intervention at the Noble Hospital ER site. Activities included risk assessment; determination of level of care needed by clients, networking
and placement into appropriate facilities or referral to appropriate services. Duties also included all administrative tasks related to above clinical activities as required by the Carson Center and Noble Hospital.
Outpatient Psychotherapist 1997 – 2003
M.S.P.C.C. Jamaica Plain/Springfield, MA USA
Activities included intake, diagnostic evaluation, individual, couple, and family therapy with adults and children from various socio-economic backgrounds, and various mental illnesses and addiction issues. Duties also included outreach visits, case management, case conference, crisis intervention, and advocacy.
Outpatient Psychotherapist 1995 – 2000
Gandara/W.W. Johnson Life Center, Springfield, MA USA
Activities included intake, diagnostic assessment, individual, couple, and family therapy with a multicultural population including immigrants from Vietnam, Lithuania, and Belarus. Duties also included crisis intervention, networking, outreach visits, advocacy, and case conference.
Community Counselor 1993 – 1995
Mobile Community Treatment, W. Springfield, MA USA
Performed intensive outreach work with adult consumers with chronic mental illnesses and substance abuse issues referred by DMH. Duties included developing treatment plans, providing clinical support, providing ADL skills and advocacy.
Residential Counselor 1990 – 1993
Gandara Mental Health Program (DSS), Springfield, MA USA
Assisted emotionally challenged adolescents in acquiring ADL skills by applying the principles of Behavior Modification. Duties included advocacy and shift supervision.
Substance Abuse Counselor 1989 -1992
Providence Hospital Honor House, Holyoke, MA USA
Counseled adolescents around their substance abuse issues, supervised them throughout their daily activities, assisted them in fulfilling their 12 step meetings requirements, participated in group discussions, and performed the administrative duties required by the hospital.
Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology 1993
American International College, Springfield, MA USA
Bachelor of Science in Psychology 1989
American International College, Springfield, MA USA
Lebanese Psychological Association 2012
Social issues, human rights, advocacy, activism