DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LMHC, CIHC, BCC is a former psychotherapist turned wellness coach. Among other topics, she teaches coaches about alternative approaches to health and wellness and how to deliver these services ethically, whether in-person or via distance technology. She is considered a thought leader on the delivery of online therapy and coaching as well as distant healing.
DeeAnna is a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC) through the International Association for Health Coaches and a Board Certified Coach (BCC) with Wellness designation through the Center for Credentialing and Education and. She is a member of the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and holds the Masteries Practitioner Coach (MPC) credential. As well as her coaching credentials she is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Aromatherapist and Certified Energy Healer.
PO Box 1194
Havana, FL 32333
D.Th Spiritual Direction
SCA University of Theology and Spirituality, expected 2022
M.Ed. Rehabilitation Counseling
University of Georgia, 1994
B.S. Mental Health and Human Services
Georgia State University, 1992
Magna cum laude
DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LLC
Owner; conducts intuitive wellness coaching, holistic living and essential oils education, trains coaches and therapists on intuitive and alternative approaches to wellness as well as online strategies for delivering and marketing services, consults on topics related to online therapy, coaching and distant healing.
- Havana Wellness Studio Wellness Coach * Counselor Educator *Aromatherapist * Energy Healer
- Online Therapy Institute Co-founder *Counselor Educator”
- The Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) Faculty
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Board Certified Coach Health & Wellness
- Certified International Health Coach
- IAC Masteries Practitioner Coach
Complementary & Alternative Modalities
- Reiki Master Teacher (lineage)
- Certified Aromatherapist
- Certified Oracle Guide
- Certified Angel Card Reader
- Certified Spirit Guide Coach
- Certified in Chakra Wisdom Healing
- Certified Lifeforce Energy Healer (Level 1)
- Certified Book of Life Specialist (Akashic Records)
- New York Licensed Mental Health Counselor #002934
- Board Certified Telemental Health Provider
- Approved Clinical Supervisor
- International Association of Coaching
- International Association for Health Coaches
- Association for Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals
- Healing Arts Alliance of the Big Bend
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Anthony, K. & Nagel, D. (2013) Appreciating Cyberculture and the Virtual Self Within. Self & Society, Volume 40 (3).
- Nagel, D. & Anthony, K. (2011). Avatar Therapy. The CAPA Quarterly, Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW Inc. Australia. Issue 3, pp. 6-9.
- Anthony, K., Jung, A., Rosenaur, D., Nagel, D.M. and Goss, S. (2010) Interview with Audrey Jung, President of the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO), presented at the Online Counselling and Therapy in Action conference, April 25th 2009 British journal of guidance and counselling.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2009). Forensic mental health and technology: Risk management strategies for the practitioner. The Forensic Examiner. 18(1) pp.62-65.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2009). Writing therapy using new technologies- the art of blogging. Journal of poetry therapy, 2009, 22(1).
- Nagel, D.M. (2008). Filling the void in the virtual consultation room. Voices: the art and science of psychotherapy, 44(1), 98-101.
- Nagel, D.M. (2007). The importance of certification: a panel of experts. The Forensic Examiner, 16 (1), 72-23.
- Merz, D. (2003). In K. Anthony (Ed.), Information technology: future therapy stories. Counselling and psychotherapy journal. 14 (9).
- Horne, S., Merz, T., & Merz, D. (2001). Disability and emotional Abuse: Mental Health Consequences and Social Implications. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 2, 4, 39-60.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles
- Anthony, K., Nagel, D.M., Goss, S. (2020) The ethical framework for technology-delivered coaching: a summary. Coaching Today. BACP Publications, Lutterworth. pp 20-21, Issue 36.
- Nagel, D.M. (2016). In the news: What is the Difference between a Coach and a Therapist? Employee Assistance Report, Vol. 19, No 8, pp. 7.
- Nagel, D.M. (2015). On the job: What is the Difference between a Coach and a Therapist? Employee Assistance Report, Vol 18, No 12, pp. 6-7.
- Nagel, D.M. (2015). The Aura of Essential Oils. Natural Awakenings, April.
- Nagel, D.M. (2015). The Use of Essential Oils for a Clear and Creative Writing Process. Natural Awakenings, March.
- Nagel, D.M. (2014). Bringing Peace and Calming to Your Rescue Pets. Natural Awakenings, November.
- Nagel, D.M. (2014). Chakra Balancing and Essential Oils. Natural Awakenings, August.
- Nagel, D.M. (2014). Spiritual Centering with Frankincense. Natural Awakenings, May.
- Nagel, D.M. (2014). Enhancing Love with Essential Oils. Natural Awakenings. February.
- Nagel, D.M & Anthony, K. (2014). Aromatherapy: Research Shows it’s Nothing to be Sneezed At! Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology. Vol 4, Iss 2. pp 10-11
- Adams, K. & Nagel, D. (2013). The Benefits of Therapeutic Writing. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol. 3, Iss. 4. pp 15-20.
- Nagel, D. & Anthony, K. (2013). Adapting the Masteries to Best Practices Established in the Delivery of Coaching Services Online: Mastery 1. VOICE October. International Association of Coaching.
- Stretch, L.S., Nagel, D.M & Anthony, K (2013). Ethical Framework for the Use of Technology in Supervision. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology. Volume 3, Issue 2: 39-45
- Anthony, K. & Nagel, D (2012). A Brave New World: Coaching Online. Coaching Today. BACP Publications, Lutterworth. pp 33-37, Issue 1.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K., with Louw, G. (2012). Cyberspace as Culture: A New Paradigm for Therapists and Coaches. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology. Volume 2, Issue 4: 24-36
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2012). Offering Online Interventions to Victims of Domestic Violence. Employee Assistance Report, Vol 15, No 10.
- London, M., Nagel, D. M., Anthony, K. (2011). An ethical framework for the use of technology in EAPs. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, l(6), 26-33.
- Nagel, D & Anthony, K. (2011) Coaching & Counselling – Is There a Merge of Disciplines on the Horizon? Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology. Vol 2, Issue 1. 24-29
- Labardee, L., Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2011). “An Ethical Framework for the Use of Technology in Coaching”. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol 1 (4): 20-28
- Kolmes, K., Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2011). “An Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals”. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol 1 (3): 20-29
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2010). “Life 2.0: Virtual World, New Reality”. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol 1 (2): 20-25
- Nagel, D.M & Anthony, K. (2010). “Alice in VirtualLand”. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol 1 (1): 16-27
- Nagel, D.M. (2010). Avatar Therapy. Newsletter of the Mental Health Informatics Special Interest Group, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. Autumn, pp. 9.
- Nagel, D.M. (2009). People with asperger’s syndrome learn social skills in second life. Telehealth world. Spring. p.1.
- Nagel, D.M. (2008). Health education & intervention in a virtual world. Telehealth world, Fall, p.8.
- Schmelter-Davis, H., Anthony, K. Nagel, D. M. (2009). Using technology to deliver career and school guidance services: Establishing a global and inclusive ethical framework. Student assistance journal. 21 (3), 26-34.
- Sutherland, J. & Nagel, D.M. (2007). Having a healthy and happy relationship. Georgia Valley Living. May/June.
- Nagel, D.M. (2007). Is your workplace drug-free? Georgia Valley Living. July/August, 22.
- Merz, D.P. (1996). Valuing differences: a process of experience. Open Hands, Winter, 18-19.
- Nagel, D.M. (2012). Internet Addiction, Really?? In G. Louw Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology and the Internet (pp.48-49).Limited Edition Artist’s Book: Berlin.
- Nagel, D,M. & Anthony, K. (2011). Refections on ayya’s journey. In J. Spingern-Koff & C. Berz (Eds.) Life 2.0 viewer’s guide (pp.12-14). L 2 Film, LLC.
- Merz, D.P. (1994). My personal health transformation. In R. Carol (Ed.) Alternatives for women with endometriosis: A guide for women by women (pp. 141-149). Third Side Press: Chicago, IL.
- Anthony, K., Goss, S, & Nagel, D.M..(2017). Wider uses of technology in therapy. In Feltham, C., Hanley, T., & Winter, L. A. (Eds.). The SAGE handbook of counselling and psychotherapy, (4th ed, pp.639-644). Sage: UK.
- Nagel, D.M. & Palumbo, G. (2016). The role of blogging in mental health. In S.Goss, K. Anthony, L. Stretch & D.M. Nagel (Eds.), Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training (pp. 83-90), Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2016). Using chat and instant messaging to enrich counselor training and supervision. In S.Goss, K. Anthony,133- L. Stretch & D.M. Nagel (Eds.), Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training (pp. 242-247), Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Anthony, K., Nagel, D.M., Jung, A. & Turner, K. (2016). Mentoring therapists to work online effectively. In S.Goss, K. Anthony,- L. Stretch & D.M. Nagel (Eds.), Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training (pp. 290-302), Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Stretch, L., Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2016). An updated ethical framework for the use of technology in supervision. In S.Goss, K. Anthony,133- L. Stretch & D.M. Nagel (Eds.), Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training (pp. 303-309), Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Anthony, K., & Nagel, D. (2014). Avatars—opening the virtual doors of therapy. In Psychotherapy 2.0 (pp. 133-145). Routledge: UK.
- Anthony, K., Goss, S. & Nagel, D.M. (2014). Developing Ethical Delivery of Cross-Border Services. In Weiss, P. (ed). Psychotherapy 2.0. (pp. 193-208), Routledge: UK.
- Goss, S., Anthony, K. & Nagel, D. (2012). Wider issues of technology in therapy. In C. Feltham & I. Horton (Eds) The sage handbook of counseling and psychotherapy, (3rd ed, pp. 594-601). Sage Publications, London.
- Nagel, D.M. & Palumbo, G., (2010). The role of blogging in mental health. In K. Anthony, D.M. Nagel & S. Goss (Eds.). The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice pp.76-84). Charles C Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Nagel, D.M. & Riley, S. (2010). Using chat and instant messaging (IM) to enrich counselor training and supervision. In K. Anthony, D.M. Nagel & S. Goss (Eds.). The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice (pp.206-212). Charles C Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Gehl, N., Anthony, K. & Nagel, D.M., (2010). Online training for online mental health. In K. Anthony, D.M. Nagel & S. Goss (Eds.). The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice (289-295). Charles C Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2010). Text-based Online Counseling: Chat. In R. Kraus, G. Stricker and C. Speyer (Eds.) Online counseling: A handbook for mental health professionals (2nd ed, 169-182). Academic Press: USA.
- Nagel, D.M., Goss, S. & Anthony, K. (2009). The use of technology in supervision. In Pelling, N., Barletta, J & Armstrong, P. (Eds.) The practice of supervision (pp.340-363). Australian Academic Press: Australia
- Nagel, D.M. (2007). Who can perform distance counseling? In J.F. Malone, R. M. Miller & G.R. Walz (Eds.), Distance counseling: Expanding the counselor’s reach and impact (pp. 44-52). Counseling Outfitters: Ann Arbor, MI.
- Nagel, D.M. (in press). Intuitive Aromatherapy. Flower of Life Press: CT, USA
- Anthony, K. & Nagel, D.M. (in press). Coaching Online: A Practical Guide. Routledge
- Goss, S., Anthony, K., Stretch, L. & Nagel, D.M. (2016). The use of technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training, 2nd Edition. Charles C. Thomas Publisher: Springfield, IL.
- Anthony, K. & Nagel, D.M. (2010). Online therapy: A practical guide. Sage Publishing: London.
- Anthony, K., Nagel, D.M. & Goss, S. (2010). The use of technology in mental health: applications, ethics and practice. Charles C. Thomas: Springfield, IL
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2014). Distance Credentialed Counselor Training: Mental Health Concentration. Internal Proprietary Training Document. Phoenix, AZ: ReadyMinds, a division of University of Phoenix, Apollo Group.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2010). Distance Credentialed Counselor Training: Mental Health Concentration. Internal Proprietary Training Document. Lyndhurst, NJ: ReadyMinds, LLC.
- Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. 2010). Distance Credentialed Counselor Training: Career Counselor Concentration. Internal Proprietary Training Document. Lyndhurst, NJ: ReadyMinds, LLC.
- Nagel, D.M., Malone, J.F., Sutherland, J. (2007). Distance credentialed counselor mental health focus training handbook. Internal Proprietary Training Document. Lyndhurst, NJ: ReadyMinds, LLC.
- 40+ Curriculums authored, co-authored and designed for Online Therapy Insitutute and Havana Wellness Studio.
Current Course Offerings
Courses for Therapists
- Ethically Speaking: Using Essential Oils in Therapy 5 CE
- Essential Oils and Emotional Wellness: An Intro for Therapists 1 CE
- Ethically Speaking: Incorporating CAM into your Therapy Practice 5 CE
- Introduction to Online Therapy 6 CE
- Introduction to Online Supervision 3 CE
- The Online Written Word as Therapeutic Dialogue 6 CE
- The Role of Avatars in Telemental Health 10 CE
- Ethical Issues for Therapist as Coach 5 CE
- Clinical Supervision Series, Part 1 & 2 30 CE & 15 CE (total 45 CE)
- Certified Cyber Therapist 60 clock hours
Courses for Coaches & Therapists
- Intuitive Wellness Coach Specialist Certificate 200 hours/10 CE
- Intuitive Aromatherapy Specialist Certificate 50 hours/10 CE
Courses for Coaches
- Coaching for Weight and Lifestyle Change 10 hours
- Using Intuition as a Coach 5 hours
- Visioning and Manifesting as a Coach: Tools for Creating Your Vision 5 hours
- Complementary & Alternative Modalities: Ethical Considerations for Coaches 5 hours
- Ethics of Pro-Bono and Sliding Scale Coaching 5 hours
- Cognitive Behavioral Coaching 10 hours
- Motivating Your Clients to Success 10 hours
- Introduction to Online Coaching 5 hours
- Wise Soul Twin Flame Coach Specialist Certificate 25 hours
- Intuitive Executive Coaching 10 hours
Courses for Seekers (Personal Growth)
- Intuitive Wisdom Certificate 6 hours
- Stressed to Zen 10-day Program 10 hours
- Reiki for Self-care 8 hours
- Reiki Master Teacher Certificate 30 hours
- Chakra Healing and Essential Oils 8 hours
CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
- FSU CHAARG, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 3/18 Introduction to Essential Oils
- Florida Department of Children and Families, Tallahassee, FL 2/18 Introduction to Essential Oils
- St. Marks Powder (in-service for Nurses), FL, 5/16, The Use of Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
- RAW FSU, Florida State University , Tallahassee, FL 12/7/17 Introduction to Essential Oils
- Summit Professional Education, Multiple Locations, USA, 1-12/14, How to Implement Online Counseling .
- Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC, 3/13, Therapy’s Digital Future.
- EAPA-SA, 14th Annual Conference, Western Cape, South Africa, 9/12, An Introduction to Online Therapy.
- Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC. 3/11. The Future of Online Therapy.
- EAPA’s Annual World EAP Conference, Pre-Conference Training, Tampa, FL. 10/10. Distance Credentialed Counselor Training.
- EAPA’s Annual World EAP Conference. Tampa, FL. 10/10. Let your Fingers do the Talking; Critical Issues Forum.
- 2nd Virtual Conference on Counseling, Second Life, CESL Conference Center, 9/10, Demonstrating Cyberculture Through Film: Life 2.0 Questions and Answers with Life 2.0 Director, Jason Spingarn-Koff.
- MedInfo 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, Capetown, Africa, 9/10; Using Social Media to Build an Online Community: Learning by Doing, Panel Discussion.
- 2010 EAP-MAP Conference; Villanova, PA. 6/10. Let Your Fingers do the Talking; Panel Discussion.
- Good Ideas Conference: Monmouth County School Counselor Association and Ocean County Personnel and Guidance Association, Lakewood, NJ. 5/10. Working Ethically in Cyberspace
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Alaska Division. Pieces and Parts Teleconference. 5/10. Online Therapy.
- EAPA Learning Center, Webinar 2/10. Best Practices for Providing EA Services via Email Exchange.
- EAPA’s Annual World EAP Conference, Pre-Conference Training, Dallas, TX. 10/09. Ethical Implications Online: Working and Socializing in Cyberspace.
- First International E-Mental Health Summit 2009, Amsterdam, 10/09 Poster Session: Ethical Implications for Therapists Who Work and Socialize in Cyberspace.
- International Therapist Leadership Institute’s Practice Building Virtual Conference and Teleseminar, 10/15/09. Online Therapy.
- Virtual Conference on Counseling, Second Life, CESL Conference Center, 9/16-18/09. CE offered through Kent State University. Keynote: Online Therapy in Second Life and the Online Therapy Institute
- Metropolitan New York Chapter, National Rehabilitation Association, NY, NY, 6/09. Ethical Issues of Cyberspace: Considerations for the Rehabilitation Counselor
- Joint Spring Conference NASW GA Chapter and GA Society for Clinical Social Work, Atlanta, GA. 5/09. Ethical Implications of Cyberspace: Understanding the Clinical Risks and Responsibilities
- Online Counselling and Therapy in Action, University of Leicester, UK 4/09. Online Therapy- the State of Play in the USA
- Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Human Services- 2009 Annual Conference, Lincroft, NJ. 4/09. Mental Health and the Impact of Technology.
- Summit on Behavioral Telehealth, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 5/08; ISMHO Exhibit Representative
- Project Safe Childhood Summit, U.S. District Attorney’s Office, Atlanta, GA, 8/07: Ethical Issues in Victim Advocacy when Working with Child Sexual Abuse Victims
- Summit on Behavioral Telehealth, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 5/07: ISMHO Exhibit Representative
- Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association Annual Convention, Savannah, GA, 5/07: Ethical Dilemmas: An Experiential Workshop
- American Counseling Association 2007 National Conference, Detroit, MI; 3/07: ISMHO Exhibit Representative
- Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, International Child Custody Symposium, Atlanta GA 10/06: Parents with Developmental Disabilities: Determining Parental Fitness
- American College of Forensic Examiners International, Annual Convention, Orlando, FL 9/06: The Benefits of Utilizing Forensic Evaluations in Child Welfare Cases
- Licensed Professional Counselor Association Annual Convention, Pine Mountain, GA 5/06: Case Studies in Mandated Reporting: A Review of Ethical and Legal Requirements
- New Jersey Counseling Association, Annual Convention, Eatontown, NJ 5/06:Online Counseling as an Adjunct to Private Practice
- New York Mental Health Counselor Association Annual Convention, Albany NY 4/06: Is Online Counseling Ethical?
- Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children; Child Placement Conference, Augusta, GA 11/05: What to Ask for When: A review of Forensic Evaluations
- American Psychological Association, Annual Convention. Washington D.C. 8/05: Clinical Topics on the Internet: Working in the Online Medium Symposium, Utilizing the Internet and Technology to Enhance the Supervisory Process
- 1st Annual Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment Symposium, Atlanta, GA 6/05, Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS):Parental Fitness, Domestic Violence, Psychological, Psychiatric…When to Recommend What Evaluation and Why
- Licensed Professional Counselor Association Annual Convention, Peachtree City, GA 5/05: Utilizing the Internet and Technology to Enhance the Supervisory Process
- American Psychiatric Association, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA 5/05 Online Communication in Mental Health: Different Contexts, Different Issues
- Licensed Professional Counselor Association Annual Convention, Savannah GA 5/04: Is Online Counseling Ethical?
- Licensed Professional Counselor Association, Moderator Atlanta GA 1/04: Evolving Ethics: Trends, Dilemmas and Contradictions
- National Rural Mental Health Association Conference, Orlando, FL 7/03:Online Counseling: Benefits for the Rural Consumer of Mental Health Services
- Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference, Savannah, GA 3/03: Online Counseling as an Adjunct to Private Practice
- National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter Conference, Atlanta, GA 10/02: Online Counseling as an Adjunct to Private Practice
- American Mental Health Counselor Association Annual Convention, Atlanta GA 7/02: Online Counseling as an Adjunct to Private Practice
- Licensed Professional Counselor Association Annual Convention, 5/02: Online Counseling as an Adjunct to Private Practice
- The Georgia Compliance & Quality Training Project, The Council on Quality and Leadership, 9/01-4/02, Developed and presented the following workshops across the state of Georgia: Record Keeping 101, Progress Notes/Incident Reporting & Documentation, Clinical/Program Records Management
- Arc of Georgia, Panel Discussion, 1/95: Sexuality in the Developmentally Delayed
- To Tell the Truth, Co-sponsor, Opening Remarks, Atlanta, GA 10/94: Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Problem and How You Can be a Part of the Solution
Additionally, webinars, telecalls and 1-day workshops have been offered to the following (not an inclusive list):
- Workplace Options
- Summit Education
- Morneau Shepell
- Psychotherapy Networker
- EAPA Africa
- CPH & Associates
- Institute for Life Coach Training
For more information visit the Online Therapy Institute’s Consultancy Portfolio
Online Therapy Institute (2008-present)
Co-founder; Services are designed for therapists, coaches and other helping professionals and organizations who wish to enrich their knowledge about online therapy and coaching, complementary and alternative distant healing and online business building.
The Institute is a think tank for all issues mental health, coaching, healing, cyberpsychology, technology and the Internet. Our mission is to provide a platform that allows people to learn collaboratively from one another. As an Institute, we offer training and education as well as disseminate information about research, education and training.
- TILT Magazine _Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology Managing Co-Editor – Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology (online magazine for Coaches, Therapists and healers) Published 21 issues.
- Online Therapy Institute’s Consultancy Portfolio
DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LLC, Atlantic Highlands, NJ/2008-2013
Private Practice; Psychotherapist/Educator, Consultant/Evaluator. In-Office psychotherapy, online counseling and evaluation, training and consultation in areas of counseling ethics, online counseling and the impact of technology on mental health, Clinical and peer supervision.
- Shepell-fgi EAP E-Counsellor
- ReadyMinds/University of Phoenix/Apollo Distance Credentialed Counselor Facilitator
- Center for Assessment and Treatment Clinical Supervisor
- Workplace Options Credentialing Committee
Merz Consulting, Inc., Adairsville, GA/1998-2007
CEO & President; Supervised up to 70 staff people in both management and field positions working with indigent families and families involved with child protective services; provided online counseling; provided workshops and seminars on such issues as ethics, online counseling, team-building, education and forensic mental health (workshops approved by the Georgia Department of Education for teacher PLU); provided case consultation and clinical supervision face-to-face and online; oversight of all aspects of agency, developed protocol and format for all behavioral health services; conducted professional and corporate trainings, facilitated parent education through coaching and therapy services
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ/2005-2008
Adjunct Faculty; Psychology Department. Taught Intro to Psychology face-to-face and via satellite.
The Council on Quality and Leadership, Towson, MD/1999-2002
Quality Consultant; Provided monitoring, evaluation and technical assistance to state agencies and providers of MR/DD services; participated in the development and/or revision of monitoring and evaluation methodologies; developed and facilitated workshops as assigned.
Morningstar Family Resource Center, Rome, GA/2001-2002
Therapist; Provided Homestead/Wrap-Around Therapy services, in-home and case management supports and forensic First Placement Best Placement (FPBP) Family Assessments for Georgia DFCS.
UMRA, Inc., Gadsden, AL/1998-2000
Executive Director of Services/QMRP; Supervised 50 employees in direct care and management positions for an agency serving adults with developmental disabilities; provided clinical oversight for 27 resident/trainees in 9 homes and a day-habilitation facility; wrote Individual Service Plans; facilitated staff trainings; developed behavior intervention strategies; wrote and reviewed policies and procedures; pursued grant opportunities.
The ARC of DeKalb County, Fort Payne, AL/1997-1998
Programs Coordinator; QMRP; Developed and implemented a residential program for people with mental retardation; developed ISPs, training goals and objectives; supervised 15 staff direct care staff and case managed 9 consumers; wrote grants and pursued advocacy issues.
Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Chattanooga, TN/1997
Employment Counselor; Developed and implemented the Homeless Lifeskills and Employment Program (HELP); taught life skills and job readiness classes; provided job coaching and individual counseling as needed; facilitated weekly men’s and women’s therapy groups; provided referrals to community agencies, provided case management services to an average case load of 10.
Family Life Center, Inc., Fort Payne, AL/1996-1997
Drug Screen Coordinator; Collected urine drug screens for pre-employment, random & post-accident; reported drug screen results to employee representatives; scheduled appointments for counselors; administered new client intakes; administered breath alcohol tests according to DOT standards; facilitated Intensive Outpatient addiction groups.
Night Hospitality at Clifton Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA/1991-1996
Shelter and Food Coordinator; Provided shelter and food coordination for 30 homeless men who are elderly and disabled, coordinated with other staff and volunteers concerning social services and employment opportunities, wrote grant proposals, monitored food donations and provided oversight for meal volunteer preparation, supervised weekly food pantry for 50 indigent families.
Georgians for a Common Sense Health Plan, Decatur, GA/1995-1996
Administrative Assistant; Submitted monthly financial and project reports, prepared monthly mailings, chaired monthly meetings, wrote grant proposals, networked with similar agencies, provided information to health care consumers, and mobilized agencies in an effort to effect change in the health care system.
Mentor Clinical Care, Atlanta, GA/1994-1996
Foster Care Provider; Provided therapeutic foster care to persons with developmental and physical disabilities; participated in ongoing training; participated in ongoing supervision from a Licensed Professional Counselor; awarded Mentor of the Quarter, summer 1994.
Stephen Minister First Presbyterian Church, Quincy FL
Board Member UKirk Presbyterian (USA) Campus Ministry Florida State University, Tallahassee