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DAINA NORUSIS

502 W Roscoe St., Apt 2N, Chicago, IL 60657 | C: 708-212-6767 | daina.norusis@gmail.com

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Licensed Social Worker who is committed to helping individuals tell their stories through forming trusting relationships with clients and advocating
for their best interests. Experience predominantly working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
SKILL HIGHLIGHTS
Illinois Licensed Licensed Social Worker applied to take LCSW exam
Illinois Licensed Certified Recovery Support member of National Association of Social Workers
Specialist led Honest, Open, Proud through NAMI multiple
Illinois Licensed Certified Alcohol and Other Drug times
Abuse Counselor Partner Abuse Intervention Program Training
Peer Support Specialist Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention
First aid & CPR certified training
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
04/2015 to 01/2017 Certified Recovery Support Specialist
Thresholds Chicago, IL
Worked with a team to develop treatment plans and casework programs for an average of 40-50 members
with severe and persistent mental illness.
Secured housing, medical care and employment for members by working with employment and housing
specialists.
Met with 4-8 members each day for regular therapeutic visits, interacting with them and evaluating them for
possible safety concerns.
Offered therapeutic services and crises intervention to emotionally disturbed members, referring them to further
services when necessary.
Helped each member understand his or her illness and get the necessary treatment to remain stable.
Wrote reports and case summaries daily, sought supervision weekly, and worked closely with a small team to
get the needs of the members met.

09/2014 to 05/2015 Community Support Specialist - Intern


Thresholds Chicago, IL
Met with 4-8 members each day for regular therapeutic visits
Offered therapeutic services and crises intervention to emotionally disturbed members, referring them to further
services when necessary.
Helped each member understand his or her illness and get the necessary treatment to remain stable.
Wrote reports and case summaries daily, sought supervision regularly, and worked closely with a small team to
get the needs of the members met.

02/2013 to 07/2013 Family Advocate - Intern


Proviso Children's Advocacy Center Broadview, IL
Worked in crisis situations with children & families who were victims in sexual allegation cases.
Conducted biopsychosocial assessments & home visits, & provided referrals for various services.
Collaborated with court, law enforcement and community providers and provided court advocacy in criminal
cases.

10/2010 to 04/2011 Apprentice in Admissions


Adventures In Missions Gainesville, GA
Answered questions, conducted interviews, and made acceptance calls for mission trip participants.
Reviewed applications & interviews for the Ambassadors program.
Coached 60+ individuals through the process of support/fund raising for the World Race program.

08/2009 to 06/2010 World Race Participant


Adventures In Missions Gainesville, GA
Lived and worked with a small group, participating in daily feedback and debriefs as needed.
Worked alongside established churches and ministries providing a variety of services, such as teaching English,
running kids' camps, prostitution ministry, and visiting orphanages in 13 countries.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2015 Social Work
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL, United States
Master's of Social Work
Concentration in Mental Health
Clinical Focus in Children & Families

2009 Bachelor of Arts: Psychology


Lewis University Romeoville, IL, United States
Minor in Theology