Curriculum Vitae

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)

Professional Experience

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.