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E1 Home-Based Survival Kit

The "Home-Based Survival Kit" workshop will focus on many skills, trade secrets, and pointers for the home-based case manager and/or therapist to utilize in the field.

Much of the information presented in this workshop will be grass roots tools collected and shared with you by a team of therapists with over 40+ years of experience in the field collectively. Not only will these "trade secrets" be shared but also evidence-based approaches that build and maintain rapport with clients, engagement skills, SMART goals, how to effectively deal with secondary trauma, self-care, issues of hygiene, safety in the field, do's and don'ts, and important things to look for when in the field.

Presenter Bios:

Janna Mallay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working at GJR since 2012. She began her tenure at GJR by providing independent living skill building services at the Columbus group home and upon her graduation with a MSW transitioned into the Columbus Group Home Treatment Team Coordinator role. After the group home closed, she joined the world of home based work as a therapist working with families in homes, restaurants, parks, rock walls, etc. She has training in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and has been credentialed in Functional Family Therapy and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Mallay has worked as a Clinical Supervisor for Home Based Case Managers and Therapists and currently is the Director of Possibilities with Older Youth Services and Addictions. Mallay enjoys creatively providing therapy and supervision along with home based work never unveiling a boring day.

Shannon Smith, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in the state of Indiana where she has been employed by GJR in Indiana for the past 20 years. Shannon gained her Masters in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University in Bloomington. Shannon has worked as a therapist, group home supervisor, and now Regional Clinical Supervisor throughout her tenure with GJR. Shannon is devoted to home based services and believes this can be the most beneficial approach in Mental Health for several populations. Shannon also is an adjunct professor at IUPUC teaching Introduction to Psychology, Professional Ethics, and Clinical Writing.

Brandy Stark, LCSW has been employed with GJR since 2008 as an OYS Case Manager, Clinical Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, State Director of OYS, Home-based Services and the Group Home, and is currently the Vice President. Brandy's prior experience includes working for DCS and the criminal justice field. Brandy is trained in Motivational Interviewing, and has been credentialed in Functional Family Therapy and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Brandy is a strong believer in home-based services and although GJR has an array of services, it is her belief that working in the homes with children and families can bring about the most change.



Brandy Stark, LCSW, Janna Mallay, MSW, LCSW, LCAC & Shannon D. Smith, LMHC