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Christopher Warner

warnchri@mail.gvsu.edu
christopherwarner.weebly.com

Education
Grand Valley State University
Masters of Social Work

2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Northern Michigan University


Bachelors of Science Sociology/Liberal Arts GPA: 3.55

2010
Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University


Bachelors of Social Work
Minor: Human Behavior GPA: 3.46

2009
Marquette, Michigan

Dawson College
Diploma of Collegial Studies Social Sciences

2005
Westmount, Quebec, Canada

Champlain Saint-Lambert Regional College

2003
Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada

Experience
Wedgwood Christian Services
August 2015 Present
Intensive Outpatient MSW Intern
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Facilitate and co-facilitate substance abuse treatment groups with youth aged 12-18
Employ motivation-to-change model of treatment in a holistic approach
Provide other interventions related to substance abuse treatment, such as anger management, life
skills and relationship skills
Complete biopsychosocial in-take assessments for youth, complete progress notes for groups as
well as address treatment plans on an individual basis for each client served
Wedgwood Christian Services
June 2014 Present
Activities Wellness Specialist
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coordinate and plan activities (3 on 3 campus basketball tournament, weekly self-expressive
journal group, independent living and life skills group)
Restore, remediate and rehabilitate client's level of functioning and independence in daily life
Work on treatment plans and aide with coping skills to deal with life issues
Promote health and wellness, as well as reduce or eliminate activity limitations and restrictions
Employee of the Month November 2015
Wedgwood Christian Services
April 2012 June 2014
Shift Supervisor/ Youth Treatment Specialist
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coordinated and planned shift activities
Distributed client medication
Managed the milieu and processed with clients in crisis
Worked on treatment plans and aided with coping skills to deal with life issues and moments of
crisis
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Ulluriaq Adolescent Center


September 2010 October 2011
Educator
Rivieres-des-Prairies, Quebec, Canada
Supervision of clients daily tasks (hygiene needs, cultural foods and religious meditation)
Maintained a safe environment, encouraged clients, processed at a comprehensive level
Maintained adequate records of clients activities
Coordinated and conduct activities to teach basic life lessons
Processed with clients after crisis
Notified managers of all daily events within facility
Sunshine Academy Elementary School
September 2010 June 2011
Integration Aide
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada
Aided students with behavioral issues and daily routine activities within the classroom
Supported students with Individual Educational Plans
Assisted teacher in maintaining structure and discipline
Enforced rules and regulations of the institution
Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle
June 2010 November 2011
Leadership Program Counselor/Basketball Coach
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
Coordinated Summer Leadership Program (activities, workshops, field trips)
Supervised, motivated, encouraged positive leadership qualities
Taught fundamental skills to youth ages 9-13
Organized practices, games, travel arrangements
Promoted positive attitudes and sportsmanship
Encouraged youth to employ positive aspects of basketball in their everyday lives
LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School
May 2010 June 2010
Integration Aid
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
Assisted students on the Autism spectrum with daily classroom routine and activities
Supported teachers in maintaining overall discipline in the classroom
Multicultural Educational and Resource Centre College Tour
April 2010
Counselor
Marquette, Michigan
Supervised and tutor youth in the college preparation program
Coordinated and animate activities (Leadership skill groups, ice breaker and trust games)
Security oversight of students and enforced rules of program

Activities
Northern Michigan University Mens Basketball (Div. II)
Team Captain 2008-2010
Team Most Valuable Player 2008-2009
Kip Taylor Award Recipient for Courage and Leadership
GLIAC All Defensive Team 2008-2009 & 2009-2010
All Academic Honors 2008-2009 & 2009-2010

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Volunteer
Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle
2008-2010
Assisted in holiday food drives that provided canned goods and other food items to families in
need
Supported with car wash fundraisers to raise money for local non-profit organizations
Brookside Christian Reformed Church Mobile Food Pantry
2014-2016
Mobile Food Pantry is a monthly distribution of free perishable food for those in need. Assisted
individuals with selecting and loading groceries
Kids Food Basket
2015-2016
Assisted organization with comprising sack suppers for children to have a well-balanced evening
meal distributed at school and taken home (once per month)
Trainings & Professional Development
Implementation of the DSM-5 in Residential and Outpatient Settings
(Wedgwood Christian Services Training Institute February 16th, 2016)

This workshop emphasized those portions of the manual that are most relevant to clinicians and
others who work with youth and families in outpatient and residential settings, helping them
develop competency in the changes that impact the processes of assessment and
conceptualization. This training covered the essential changes in the DSM-5, including
elimination of some familiar DSM-IV diagnoses, introduction of several new diagnoses, and the
addition of new severity levels for many diagnoses.

Motivational Interviewing (5 Part series)


(Wedgwood Christian Services Training Institute October 2nd November 6th 2015)

Part 1What it is and Why it Works - We briefly covered the major components involved in
Motivational Interviewing. We discussed how these theories work together to create a thought
process that draws people to deal with the problem of motivation and ambivalence in their lives.

Part 2 How it Works - We covered the major clinicians response involved in Motivational
Interviewing. We discussed how these responses work together to create a strong therapeutic
relationship and assist clients to increase their motivation to change.

Part 3Building Motivation to Change - We covered the major hurdles to change; specifically
the role of ambivalence and fear in the change process. We also focused on traditional roadblocks that clinicians often have that prevent us from hearing our clients well.

Part 4Increasing Internal Motivation and Managing - We covered what to listen for and how to
impact internal motivation and discuss what type of resistance one can expect to experience as
well as how to manage this resistance.

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Part 5Strengthening Commitment to Change - We focused on enhancing confidence and


strategies for strengthening commitment and motivation to change. We discussed how to listen
for, as well as elicit change talk, and the value of change talk in the process.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


(Wedgwood Christian Services Training Institute November 19th-20th, 2015)

This 2 day training prepared clinicians and direct care staff to use an innovative and evidencebased form of therapy with their clients. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or
TFCBT, is specifically adapted for children who have experienced trauma and who are having
significant emotional and/or behavioral problems related to their traumatic life events. TFCBT is
a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and
behavioral problems in children. Initially designed to focus on treatment of sexual abuse, the
model has been adapted for use with a wide variety of traumatic experiences.

Social Work in the 21 st Century: Does Race Matter?


(GVSU School of Social Work November 6, 2015)

The panels and workshops were designed to shape social policies, social systems, social welfare
(social well-being), and social work practice. Presentations on the systemic and cultural issues
behind continual race issues in not only North America but worldwide.

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