Cherie Spehar's Experience:
Clinical Social Work Therapist at New Leaf Behavioral HealthJune 2008 - October 2012
Providing play therapy, child and family mental health therapy for children and adults. Group therapy.
Sr. Trainer, Training Coordinator & Curriculum Developer at North Carolina State University-Social Work DepartmentJune 2002 - November 2007
Professional Senior trainer and curriculum developer in pioneer model of Child and Family Team Meetings. Specialized in clinical care and inclusion of children, traumatized children, and abuse/neglect family dynamics. Coordinator of the Family-Centered Meetings Project. Trained 1000+ social workers, mental health clinicians and community service providers from all 100 NC counties, and nationally, in this highly specialized, acclaimed and family-driven model. Multi-systems liaison for model integration and coordination. Internal professional development for project staff. Supervisor of many, trainer of more, champion of family strengths throughout.
Volunteer Child Mental Health Therapist at St. Michael the Archangel2002 - 2005
Provided free mental health services for complex trauma and grieving children and families.
Executive Director at The Exchange Child Abuse Prevention CenterNovember 2000 - 2002
Executive Director - Managed five clinical child abuse prevention programs. Supervised program clinicians and coordinators. Clinical Director/Supervisor. Fiscal responsibility for Center operations. Board of Directors liaison. Public relations speaker, Fundraising Coordinator and event chair.
Mental Health Therapist at Baker Victory Services1997 - 2000
Provided outpatient child and family therapy, play therapy for children ages 3 and up and their families.
Child and Family Therapist (Residential Units) at New Directions - Randolph Children's Home1995 - 2000
Sr. Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Team Leader for 3-4 units, including high-risk. Trained in and provided play therapy on a daily basis; trauma-focused care. Unique dual responsibility of therapist and county social worker. Social Work Intern Supervisor.
Mental Health Counselor at Olean General Hospital1995 - 1997
Provided emergency mental health evaluations and crisis counseling in Emergency Dept; provided mental health counseling on Psychiatric Unit
Examiner, Therapist Assistant at Cattaraugus County1990 - 1996
Worked with disadvantaged populations to secure assistance, provided assistance to mental health therapists, interfaced with child welfare unit.
Daily Living Counselor at Southern Tier Environments for Living1991 - 1994
Counseled and cared for consumers diagnosed with serious mental illness in a group home setting.
Emotional Wellness Advisor at The Monsters in My Head, LLC2010 - Present
Serve as the company's Emotional Wellness Advisor Author of "A New Woo Lives With You" - A Guidebook on working and playing with the Worry Woo Monsters Provide consultation and information on child wellness and development, trauma, and emotional safety Involved in idea generation, direction for therapeutic concepts Provide consultation to customers seeking understanding or ideas Liaison role for connections to other organizations using the Worry Woo Monsters in their programs
Topic Expert Contributor at GoodTherapy.org2011 - Present
Contribute monthly Topic Expert articles on Play Therapy, Trauma, and Child/Adolescent Issues.
Certified Department Trainer, Lead Blogger, Weekly Columnist at The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children2011 - Present
*Serve as Lead Blogger for international clinical professionals on topics related to Trauma-Informed Practice. *Certified Department Trainer *Presenter of TLC Programs and various specialty topics. *Serve as Facebook Administrator, Moderator for organization's professional page. *Created and author the TLC Thursday Three - Practical Points for Parents and Professionals *Online Curriculum Author/Instructor *Provide revisions and updates of Trauma Intervention Programs. *Serve as Liaison for creation of partnerships with other organizations and trauma-related materials for therapeutic play. *Provide consultation and assistance as requested.
Founder, Director, Lead Clinician at Smiling Spirit Pathways - The Apex Center for Trauma Healing LLCSeptember 2005 - Present
A trauma healing center providing child and family therapy, education, training and support for those involved in all life transitions. Play Therapy, Traumatic Stress, Developmental Trauma, Grief Adjustment Support, Women's Emotional Health & Wellness, Attachment, Child-Parent Relationships are my areas of interest and specialty.