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Phyllis Pierce
Psychotherapist/instructor/Registerd Nurse , International Non Profit
Virginia Beach, United States
I am a psychotherapist/instructor/psychosocial coordinator with international experience providing culturally appropriate mental health interventions in resource limited settings. Seeking position providing psychosocial services with underserved populations in developing country. Clinical expertise with survivors of war trauma, gender based violence, HIV/AIDS, and Ebola. Can relocate immediate.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
PSYCHOSOCIAL COORDINATOR, EBOLA TREATMENT UNIT, LIBERIA. Worked with governmental and NGOs to reduce the risk of spreading Ebola. Supervised and taught professional and non- professional staff evidence-based counseling, mental health practices and best operational practices. Did extensive staff and community training and education in line with the mission to provide healthcare during health crises and natural disasters. Developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies for psychosocial units including the design of inpatient and outpatient forms. Developed and implemented training programs for community members on Ebola life cycle and transmission, prevention of stigma and discrimination and peer to peer psychosocial support. Designed and implemented anti-stigma and anti-discrimination programs for school administrators and teachers. Performed community education via door to door canvassing.
Oversaw clinicians during clinical practice at hospitals, clinics, schools and prisons. Lectured nurses and PACs on appropriately diagnosing and treating adults, children and adolescents with mental illness within a post-conflict and resource- limited setting. Also supervised the treatment of survivors of SGBV and other traumas. Collaborated with national and international staff to continuously improve the quality of the MHC educational experience. Evaluated the effectiveness of visiting international instructors.
HIV/AIDS TECHNICAL ADVISOR, MALAWI - Consultant to government agency, Coauthored grant for homeless in which funding approved, updated/revised socio economic profile, updated social service budget resulting in additional funding for staff training, site visits and repair of office which resulted in decreased security risks.(East Africa)

Provide individual and couples counseling services to clients with PTSD, anxiety, depression, survivors of torture, SGBV, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. Utilize evidence-based talk therapy, trauma-informed yoga, hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation and Reiki.
Charged as the Supervisor of Qualified Mental Health Professionals - Child and Adult (QMHP-C / QMHP-A).
Ensured appropriate level of services were being provided to clients, addressed counselor concerns, provided feedback, direction and support. Delivered education to counselors through case discussion and articles. Reviewed reports and made certain all compliance requirements were met for licensure and funding agencies.
Provided home-based psychotherapy services of varied durations to African refugees, multinational immigrants, children, adolescents, and families both infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. ???????????Assisted clients in obtaining access to available community se
Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Springfield College MA, USA.
Associate of Science in Nursing, Castleton State College VT, USA.
1. MOH/WHO Health Worker 3 Phase CLINICAL Training Course for Ebola treatment (Liberia)
2.International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, sponsored by Fordham University’s Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation in Nairobi, Kenya
3.Training of Trainers Certificate for Psychosocial and Mental Health Initiatives in Countries Affected by War, Violence, and Natural Disasters. A Ugandan based certification program under the auspices of Global Psycho-Social Initiatives, based in Kenya & Egypt; U.S.-based International Trauma Studies Program; Ugandan Transcultural Psychosocial Organization.
1.Clinical Supervision Certificate - Core Clinical Supervision Training National Association of Social Workers, VA Chapter
2. Integrative Yoga Instructor, The Sanctuary Yoga Center;
3.Yoga for the Traumatized Body - Training for Psychotherapists, The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute
4. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Instructor, American Red Cross

Fulfilled more than 200 hours of Substance Abuse Continuing Education Training.
Affiliations and Achievements:
CONSULTING - Advised group of medical and mental health providers on establishing an NGO to provide mental health
services to pregnant and post-partum women
SUPERVISION - Oversaw nurse and PAC trainings in mental health, supervised clinical and support staff at an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), developed trainings, protocols, and intake forms, also educated community members.
TEAM INVOLVEMENT - Was part of the team for the development and delivery of conferences for Mental Health Clinicians (MHC) and contributed to the revision of the MHC licensing exam.
TRAINING - Trained staff on writing policy and procedure, community outreach and education, improved ETU staff skills, performance and productivity. Educated nurses and PACs on mental health and psychosocial issues presenting in a traumatized population.
GRANT WRITING - Co-authored grant to establish a program for the homeless population; funding was approved. PROGRAM OVERSIGHT - Developed and instructed graduate-level courses on diversity, culture, and empowerment for
accredited Master of Counseling Program and provided field supervision for the Master of Social Work Program.
BUDGETS & RESOURCES - Partnered with Malawian government staff to improve morale and reform the Social Services Department, increased budget and service utilization by 50%, also funding for trainings, staff travel for site visits and office space.
Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Healthcare Services, Social Development ? Client Rights & Advocacy, Evaluation, Monitoring & Reporting ? Diversity & Culture ? Family & Group Dynamics ? Disaster Relief, Disease Outbreaks, Emotional Trauma ? Community Health & Mobilization ? Physical, Social & Cultural Environmental Effects, Women & Adolescent Girls, Senior Services, Clinics, Hospitals, Vulnerable Populations, Private & Public ? Military Families ? Safety Planning

President & Treasurer, New Hampshire Clinical Social Work Federation;
Board Member, New Hampshire Task Force on Women and Recovery;
New Hampshire Task Force for Women and Recovery, Co-facilitated Women’s Leadership Training in Prison and Various
Crisis Volunteer, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; 200+ Hours of Substance Abuse Continuing Education Training;
40-Hour Basic Acupressure Training

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United States
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