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Welcome to HCE 612- Multicultural Counseling!
Melissa Rosenberg, LCPC, Ph.D.
University of Southern Maine
400 Bailey Hall
Gorham, ME 04038
I completed my Doctorate in Counselor Education at The University of Maine, and my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Sourthern Maine.
My clinical experience includes working at Community Counseling Center on FIRST (Family Intervention and Response Support Team), where I worked with families, individual adults, couples, and children who were often in the midst of major family crisis and varying degrees of socioeconomic hardship, inter-generational trauma, substance abuse and addiction, and chronic mental health concerns, as well as being mandated to counseling through DHHS. We worked to support families in their recoveries towards health and wholeness, and towards making safe choices to care for their children.
I've also worked at Providence Service Corporation in the Virtual Residential Program (VRP), as an in-home clinician with children who are at risk of out of home placement. As a VRP clinician, I worked to provide families, schools, and communities with a community-based alternative to out-of-home placements. I provided clinical work to facilitate the successful reunification of youth with their families following residential, psychiatric, or foster home placements. The focus of my work with VRP focused largely on defusing imminent risk factors, and implementing crisis stabilization plans.
I have taught graduate courses in Multicultural Counseling, Counseling Skills, Counseling Practicum, Internship Seminar, Crisis Intervention, and Human Development, and have been an assistant instructor for Counseling with Older Adults, Play Therapy, and Creative Arts and Counseling. I completed my clinical practicum experience for my doctoral program at Acadia Hospital where I worked in the Chemical Dependency Services in the hospital's Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP). Furthermore, I have clinical experience in college counseling at the University of Southern Maine Counseling Center on both the Portland and Gorham campuses, and professional academic advising experience for two years at The University of Maine. I have also worked with students in special education at the Spurwink School, and have done direct care work with people with disabilities and mental illness for The Project for Supported Living in Portland.
I provided clinical supervision for graduate students in U Maine's school and mental health counseling program from 2008-2012. I have presented at national conferences on topics as varied as: 'Transformative and Transferable Skills and Practices Learned from Upward Bound', and 'Doctoral Student Involvement in Shaping and Supporting Curriculum Development' and 'Training for Counselor Education Programs'. My dissertation is entitled: Tenured Women Counselor Educators at Research Universities: Navigating Multiple Roles and Personal Well-being, and is currently published through ProQuest International.
I am excited about the opportunity to learn and grow with you through this course, and I look forward to meeting you!