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Paula Cooks

Majoring in Counseling & Psychology, Minoring in Psychology
Mississippi College, Class of 2018
From Brandon, MS
I am a married, lover of God, Christian American female. I have two Bachelor's degrees from MSU in (Social Work and Psychology) and a Master's degree in (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) also from MSU. I am enrolled in the Doctoral for Professional Counselors program at MS College. My anticipated date of graduate is the Fall of 2018. I am a licensed social worker (LSW); Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Board Qualified Supervisor (LPC-S); National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling licensed in the states of Virginia, Georgia and Mississippi. I am employed by the Jackson Public School District as a Behavioral Specialist as well as in Private Practice (P&P Counseling Services).
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Paula Cooks was recognized for earning a spot on the President's list
4.0 semester average
Spring 2003 - Added by Paula
Psychology Club
MSU Psychology club president elected by the student body.
Spring 2009 - Mississippi State University
Added by Paula
Mississippi State University Student Association Members (SAM)
MSU governing body of members for the Student Association to serve as student representatives for the MSU campus elected by the student body.
Spring 2009 - Spring 2010 - Mississippi State University
Added by Paula
Mississippi Graduate Student Counseling Association MGSCA
Elected president by the student body to serve as liaison for the graduate student as representative in the Mississippi Counseling Association.
Spring 2006 - Spring 2007 - Mississippi State University
Added by Paula
MSU Social Work Association
Elected by the student social workers to served as treasurer for the social work program
Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 - Mississippi State University
Added by Paula
Behavior Specialist at Jackson Public Schools

Provide behavioral supports to teachers and students for the Exceptional Education Students (students with disabilities).

January 2017 - Present
School-based Therapist at Marion Counseling LLC

Provide mental health counseling, treatment plan development and mental health assessments as well as individual, family and group counseling sessions to general education students at Whitten Middle School in the Jackson Public School District.

January 2016 - January 2017
Adolescent therapist at Alliance health care

Provide mental health services, individual, group and family therapy, behavioral and mental health assessments, crisis intervention plans, treatment plans and discharge planning to residential clients at the Crossing Residential Facility whom were taken into Child Protective Services and required long-term psychiatric care.

October 2015 - December 2016
Addiction Counselor at Alliance health care

Provided individual, family and group counseling to clients with addiction and substance abuse at the New Leaf Recovery Center affiliation of Alliance Behavior Healthcare.

December 2014 - October 2015
Program Supervisor at Mississippi Children's Home Services

Supervised licensed professional counselors, case managers and direct care workers in providing mental health services to clients in a residential and school setting. Prepared monthly reporting and staff evaluations, conducted weekly staffing, prepared and participated in state auditing, prepared annual budget and operation expense reports and performed and reported daily operation reports to management.

July 2011 - May 2013
Therapist at Mississippi Children's Home Services

Provide mental health services to children and adolescents in a residential and school setting. Provided individual, family and group counseling, conducted and developed community wrap-around meetings, participated in school Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and developed behavior support plans and treatment plans.

April 2011 - July 2011
Counselor Supervisor/Owner at P&P Counseling Services

Provide mental health, addiction and substance abuse counseling and tele-mental health services to private practice clients to include: family, couples, individual, and group mental health counseling as well as conduct behavior and clinical mental health assessments for school age and adult clients. Also provide EAP services for private insurance companies. Accepts Medicaid and most provide insurance payers.

May 2009 - Present
Emergency Shelter Supervisor at Hope Village for Children

Supervised direct care workers in providing shelter for infant, children and youth taken into custody of Child Protective Services (CPS). Provided individual and group counseling for adolescents, prepared monthly reporting of shelter expense and operation reports to management, participated in state auditing, conducted staff training and managed day to day workloads and duties of staff and residents, prepared expense reports and participated in IEP meetings for residents as needed, ensured medical, dental and physical exams were provided as state mandated.

April 2007 - March 2011
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