Ellen S. Wright
2008- 2011 Argosy University- Honolulu, HI Marriage and Family Therapy Program- Masters of Arts. GPA 4.0
2003 – 2004 Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education
1994 – 1998 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Science (Minor: Biology)
- Adult and Child First Aid CPR/AED through American Red Cross (April 2015 valid thru April 2017)
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention – CPI training (April 16, 2015 valid thru June 2017)
- Marriage and Family Therapy License, State of Hawaii. License Number: MFT-385 (January 2014 conferred)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Collaborative (September 2011-September 2012)
- Girls Circle Facilitator Training completed and certified (April 2011) & Girls Circle Mother/Daughter Curriculum training (February 2012)
March 2015- Current
Community/School Based Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor
- Works conjointly with the special education department within Plains Elementary School to review, implement, support and create Individualized Education Plan/ 504 Plan goals for students at risk of out of school placement.
- Facilitates individual, group and family counseling in the school environment and community
- Develops individualized service plans, quarterly reports, monthly reports and discharge summaries as per Medicaid requirements.
- Provides service coordination on a weekly basis with psychiatrists, targeted case managers, outpatient counselor, community based counselors and primary care physicians for the holistic care of individuals and families
- Provided Intensive In Home Therapeutic Services during the summer/fall of 2015 for clients in danger of being placed outside of their homes
September 2014- February 2015
Child Advocacy Center Coordinator
- Functioned as an advocate between the child and allied agencies known as the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) including hospital, law enforcement, social services, victim/witness program and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
- Conducted forensic interviews using the ChildFirst™ protocol with children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, using evidenced based and developmentally appropriate techniques as set forth by the National Children’s Alliance standards.
January 2014 – May 2014
Adjunct Professor, Social Sciences and Teacher Education
- Course instructor for Introduction to Psychology and Adolescent Psychology
- Utilized online student portal system for grading, assignments, group and individual “chat” sessions.
September 2012- August 2013
On Call Therapist– Honolulu, Hawai’i
- Lead Therapist for Adult Probation Group for Sex Offenders.
- Completed bio-psycho-social assessments for new offenders entering in the therapeutic program.
- Participated in interdisciplinary treatment teams with probation officers, polygrapher and therapists to discuss treatment goals and progress for offenders.
- Complete administrative duties pursuant to the position such as month & quarterly reports.
- Worked with containment model partners to assure client adherence to treatment contract and goals.
- January 2011- September 2013
Practice Development Specialist– Project Kealahou, Honolulu, Hawai’i
- Implemented Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with youth ages 11-18 and families within the school system, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and with military base.
- Utilized Solution Focused therapy with families and adolescents.
- Implemented and supervised Girls Circle groups at 5 schools and the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and at a local high school.
- Supervised a staff of five Intensive Support Workers.
- System wide agency speaker on trauma specific content including presentations at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, Bobby Benson, Kupu Hawaii,
- Created training protocol and training content for new staff.
- Chaired self care committee, Hui Ola Pono, with other staff members to implement curriculum and activities.