Agawam$22.85/hr | < 1 yr experience
My name is Franca and I am 31years-old and although I don't yet have children of my own, although, I cannot wait to start a family and have a child of m own!
I graduated from Assumption College in 2003 (under-grad)and went on to earn a master's degree in Clinical Counseling Psych in 2006; with a double concentration in Child & Family Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults. In May of 2006 I passed the necessary Graduate Oral Examination with "DISTINCTION" (Honors) and was one of only 16 students to receive such honors out of my graduating class of 60+students.
I spent my first 4yrs out of grad-school working as a Service Coordinator/Behavioral Specialist in the field of Early Intervention and in 2010 I was certified by the Dept. of Public Health for the Commonwealth of MA as an Early Intervention Specialist. In order to obtain the aforementioned certification, I attended numerous conventions, trainings and courses to obtain a wealth of pertinent knowledge and education of all aspects of child development; starting from a child's formation of the sensory system and cognitive functioning in-utero, thru necessary biological and chemical processes that allow for normal brain development and overall healthy physical, mental, and cognitive functioning upon birth thus resulting in the ability to meet all important developmental milestones in the areas of cognition, speech/language, fine and gross motor, self-care skills and social-emotional/behavioral functioning. After completing the necessary courses and acquiring 3+yrs of direct client experience/contact, I was then required to submit an in-depth portfolio detailing all of the knowledge and skills that I had acquired thru the vigorous trainings and coursework in order to prove that I was skilled in the provision of developmental testing and therapy across all areas of development.
The acquisition of such knowledge has provided me with the skills and qualifications to administer state-approved standardized evaluation tools to appropriately assess/evaluate children ages birth to 3yrs-old to determine their overall level of functioning in all of the aforementioned areas of development and to construct appropriate individualized treatment/intervention plans and strategies to address any assessed areas of need. The portfolio submitted consisted of numerous case studies from field experiences detailing my skills and real-life application of the knowledge obtained through the courses and trainings qualified to provide therapy to aid in all aspects of child development including: social/emotional dev, cognition, speech/language, gross motor, fine motor, and self-care/hygiene.
Additionally, my undergraduate and graduate education and experience in the field of child and family therapy has provided me with an important skill set necessary for informing and addressing such concerns with parents that may sometimes be hard for anyone to accept (especially in instances in which the conclusions of the assessments show severe developmental delays such as the presence of global delays across all domains, mental retardation and/or autism spectrum disorders or signs/symptoms of genetic/biological syndromes; all of which result in referral to appropriate medical providers for further specific medical/genetic testing. To ensure that each child and family were fully supported throughout any/all appropriate treatment, as an Early Intervention Specialist and Service Coordinator I was not only responsible for the development of individualized treatment plans tailored to meet each child's specific needs and to provide weekly play therapy to work towards reaching individualized developmental goals (progress was assessed ongoing and periodically and goals/strategies were updated to ensure appropriate intervention and developmental growth) but also to ensure that the child/family were receiving treatment from specialists in appropriate areas of need and carry-over and consultation between all service-providers involved in an individual child's treatment.
As a LMHC-eligible Master's Level Clinician I recently worked as a clinician for a private co. working with children ages3to18 providing individual. & family therapy. Responsibilities: conducting appropriate evaluations; assessing children's strengths/needs and developing appropriate treatment plans and behavioral strategies in order to implement effective interventions; providing appropriate diagnoses and conducting individual, family, and group therapy sessions in a clinic and in-home therapy settings. My grads-school internship/practicum included working one-on-one in a preschool with children identified as "at-risk" as staff and who had families involved with DCF. Duties included: ongoing assessment and implementation of behavioral treatment plans and family intervention; classroom staff (i.e. site/program managers, lead & assistant teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff) educational meetings and trainings around certain topics ranging from education to curriculum and age-appropriate, expectations. Family Therapy was also provided to families committed to following thru w behavioral plans an at-home strategies often using praise and positive reinforcement to help children experience success and increased feelings of self-esteem and self-acceptance. I also lead groups consisting of adolescent girls/boys in the section-8 housing area in Worcester and included individual and group therapy with responsibilities of developing and leading weekly groups in which the teens were able to discuss real-life concerns in a safe & non-judgmental environment, hear stories from peers that made them fell as if they were not alone and have a fun place to go to discuss freely the things that they had "on their minds" I designed groups to include creative activities designed to promote fun and an carefree environment that were also practical and age-appropriate. and each group included time in which myself and several "helpers" aided the children in the completion of school work assignments/projects, as well as helping to tutor children for MCASTS ( I also spent 2yrs undergrad work-study tutoring 7th&8th graders from the community train for MCASTs thru my college REACH-OUT CENTER).
Most importantly, I was a Nanny for roughly 5yrs for a great family and helped raise a little boy from age 1 1/2yrs to 5yrs-old up until his newborn sister was born. Although I was also Nanny to the newborn daughter, mom was dismissed from her job shortly after her birth. I was responsible for cooking meals for the children, running errands, laundry, dishwashing and shopping; both for groceries and art/craft activities (esp., during the winter months when daily trips to the park and pool were not options); taking child to/from activities such as playgroups and preschool, sports and other extracurricular activities. I also have experience as both a Camp Counselor, and Senior Camp Counselor (in a supervisory role) in Boylston MA. As a supervisor I oversaw junior counselors and led groups of all ages (ranging from infant/toddler to adolescent groups).
At this time in my life, I have decided to go back to my most beloved position of all, a child/children’s Nanny. I believe that being a Nanny is NOT JUST A JOB, is a great privilege because to me it means being part of a family and to be entrusted with the responsibility of providing love, care and nurturing of a child/children while his/her/their primary caregiver is working, in school, or otherwise unable to do so for a period of time. In addition to the aforementioned, a Nanny is also responsible for providing appropriate guidance, assuring healthy developmental growth, and promoting the child/children’s overall positive well-being and healthy/secure attachment relationships with others; all while being a source of friendship(to an appropriate degree!) and trust!
In closing, I feel that I meet the specific needs that you described above and hope you will consider me for the nanny position as detailed. I am available to begin work ASAP and hope to hear from you soon!