Summary
Skills
Overview
Work History
Education
Certification
Timeline
Kelsi Podgorski

Kelsi Podgorski

Clinical Therapist
Northville
"The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome"
Brene Brown

Summary

Dedicated Early Childhood Clinical Therapist with specialized knowledge in infant mental health and child welfare. Passionate about fostering academic development and success for all learners. Proficient in organization and planning with 6 years clinical experience and 1 year instructional experience.

Skills

Leadership
Mental Health
Supervision
Teaching

Documentation requirements

Relationship development

Collaboration

Attachment

Trauma Focused

Family Centered Approaches

Advocacy

Assessment

Reflection

Organization

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Overview

10
10
years of professional experience
5
5

Years of clinical experience

5
5
Certifications

Early Childhood & Family Services Clinical Therapist

Development Centers
2016-01 - Current
  • Provide in-home, community-based, and telehealth services including person-centered planning, mental health, developmental, and social emotional assessments, psychoeducation, play therapy, and concrete needs for children ages birth through six and their caregivers.
  • Advocate on behalf of children in foster care during court proceedings through written and spoken testimony and support families as they navigate the child welfare systems.
  • Provide instruction and administrative and reflective supervision for graduate student interns.

Clinical Therapist

Great Lakes Psychology Group
2019-12 - Current
  • Conduct office-based and telehealth early childhood, family, and adult therapy grounded in infant mental health with a trauma-informed lens.
  • Provide psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral therapy, conduct play therapy, and engage in reflection with young children and their caregivers to enhance social emotional skills and resilience and support healthy relationships.

Baby Court Advisory Board Member

Wayne State University
2020-10 - Current
  • Provide clinical insight to support development team in creating on-demand online modules to train new professionals to maintain and expand Baby Court workforce.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to advocate for specialized services to reduce the time children are in foster care.

Expert Witness

State of Michigan
2020-02 - 2020-03
  • Reviewed video and written reports related to a child abuse best interest hearing in Wayne County with an infant mental health and trauma-informed lens.
  • Provided expert testimony regarding the impact of trauma on children and relationships.
  • Collaborated closely with attorneys and assistant attorney general in this matter in order to maintain ethical standards and provide thorough testimony.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Development Centers
2017-01 - 2019-08
  • Provided collaborative, relationship-based mental health consultation services to staff and caregivers of children attending early childhood educational settings to enhance children's social emotional development and overall facility functioning.
  • Assessed needs of direct care providers, directors, and parents and provided personalized trainings to support concerns regarding behavioral and/or social emotional health as well as assisted caregivers in accessing additional supportive services as needed.

Maternal Child/NICU Social Worker (Intern)

Henry Ford Health System
2015-05 - 2015-12
  • Conducted social assessments, provided resources, supplies and support, and completed discharge planning with women on Maternal Child floors who experienced psychosocial stressors.
  • Supported families of all social backgrounds whose infants were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by attending collaborative rounds, providing resources, supplies, and support, and assisting in applying for supportive services.

Kids-TALK CAC Outpatient Therapist (Intern)

The Guidance Center
2014-09 - 2015-04
  • Facilitated individualized trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with children who have experienced trauma.
  • Developed family-centered treatment plans to guide the therapeutic process and document goal progress.

Office of Student Services Facilitator

University Of Michigan School Of Social Work
2015-06 - 2015-12
  • Developed and organized new student summer sessions for incoming MSW students to the School of Social Work.
    Mentored first-semester MSW students through programming and providing support and resources.
    Contacted and hosted students who were interested in the University and provided them with resources throughout the application process.

Work History

Master of Social Work

University Of Michigan School Of Social Work
2014-09 - 2015-12
  • Coursework in Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth, and Families
  • Member of Detroit Clinical Scholars

Bachelor of Arts - Women's Studies & Psychology

University of Michigan
2010-09 - 2014-05
  • Minored in Community Action & Social Change
  • Graduated with High Distiction
  • Awarded University Honors (2010, 2011, 2012), William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize, and 2012 James B. Angell Scholar

Education

Certification

Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

2019-01

Infant Mental Health Specialist

2018-05

Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale (PECFAS)

2017-01

First Aid/CPR Certified

2016-05

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Tool: Infant, Toddler & Clinical (DECA)

2016-02
Baby Court Advisory Board Member - Wayne State University
2020-10 - Current
Expert Witness - State of Michigan
2020-02 - 2020-03
Clinical Therapist - Great Lakes Psychology Group
2019-12 - Current

Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

2019-01

Infant Mental Health Specialist

2018-05

Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale (PECFAS)

2017-01
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant - Development Centers
2017-01 - 2019-08

First Aid/CPR Certified

2016-05

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Tool: Infant, Toddler & Clinical (DECA)

2016-02
Early Childhood & Family Services Clinical Therapist - Development Centers
2016-01 - Current
Office of Student Services Facilitator - University Of Michigan School Of Social Work
2015-06 - 2015-12
Maternal Child/NICU Social Worker (Intern) - Henry Ford Health System
2015-05 - 2015-12
University Of Michigan School Of Social Work - Master of Social Work,
2014-09 - 2015-12
Kids-TALK CAC Outpatient Therapist (Intern) - The Guidance Center
2014-09 - 2015-04
University of Michigan - Bachelor of Arts, Women's Studies & Psychology
2010-09 - 2014-05

Timeline

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