Resume

Kara Ashley-Gilmore

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

UNITED WAY OF HENDERSON COUNTY: Hendersonville, NC

Volunteer Matching Program Coordinator

August 2016-Current

  • Developed and maintained mobile-friendly website listing local volunteer opportunities
  • Cultivated relationships with volunteer coordinators at local non-profits
  • Assisted individuals and non-profits agencies in use of website to list, seek out, and register for volunteer opportunities
  • Marketed and promoted website to civic groups, churches, and non-profit agencies
  • Tracked and analyzed key metrics for reporting purposes

 

MOUNTAIN CREATIVE ARTS COUNSELING: Hendersonville, NC

Founder, Counselor/LPCA, Art Therapist

December 2014-Current

  • Assesed clients level of functioning to provide diagnosis and develop treatment plan
  • Provided individual and group counseling and art therapy to clients in private practice setting
  • Facilitated individual and group art therapy sessions to residents of assisted living facilities
  • Developed and facilitated art workshops for local community members
  • Documented services and maintained clients’ records
  • Marketed services to potential referral sources and community at-large
  • Completed all the networking, accounting, billing, social media marketing, and website development activities to build and promote the practice

 

HENDERSON COUNTY DSS: Hendersonville, NC

In-Home Social Worker, Child Protective Services

July 2013-July 2015

  • Implemented case plan with parents to prevent their children from entering state custody
  • Monitored parents’ progress in various treatment programs
  • Linked family members to services in the community to support their treatment goals
  • Participated in the family court process, including working with lawyers judges, and Guardian ad Litems to make decisions in the best interest of the children served
  • Investigated reports of abuse and neglect

 

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES: Hendersonville, NC

Day Treatment Program Director, Rugby Middle School

April 2010-July 2013

  • Responsible for the oversight of planning and coordination of therapeutic and rehabilitative services to students enrolled in the Day Treatment program.
  • Supervised a team of mental health professionals to ensure that program policies and procedures are followed by staff, including attendance, schedules, job duties, etc.
  • Developed group, activity-based summer program for students enrolled in the service
  • Designed and facilitated counseling groups to coincide with evidence-based curricula
  • Assessed referrals and admissions to the program and process all emergencies
  • Acted as primary liaison with school administrators
  • Provided ongoing measurement of student outcomes and evaluation of program effectiveness.
  • Maintained written evaluations on students’ progress in the program
  • Provided crisis intervention and therapeutic de-escalation for students and their parents

 

FAMILY LEAVE: Hendersonville, NC

October 2008-April 2010

 

ECKERD YOUTH ALTERNATIVES: Hendersonville, NC

Counselor/Teacher

October 2007-October 2008      

  • Ensured the progress and welfare of a youth camper group through therapeutic and educational programs in a wilderness setting
  • Taught school curriculum through experiential learning in small and large groups.
  • Assisted classroom teachers in implementing core learning standards.
  • Utilized a strengths-based approach in formulating treatment plans and goals for each camper
  • Maintained written evaluations on campers’ progress

 

LICENSE

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATE: North Carolina,

LPCA A10836, 5/31/14 to Current

 

EDUCATION

PRATT INSTITUTE: Brooklyn, New York,

Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development, 2007          

 

SALEM COLLEGE: Winston-Salem, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Studio Art, 2005: Cum Laude

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Mindful Art Making.” The Mountain Community School, Hendersonville. 17 February 2017.
  • “Mindful Art Making for Self-Care.” Avery Creek Elementary School, Asheville. 16 December 2016.
  • “Beyond Coloring: Art for Wellness and Healing.” Asheville Area Counseling Professionals Association Meeting. Lenoir Rhyne University, Asheville. 26 August 2016.
  • “It’s Never too Late: The Role of Art in the Aging Process.” Blue Ridge Activity Professionals Association Meeting. Givens Estates, Asheville. 8 August 2016
  • “Expressive Arts Therapy in Counseling Panel Discussion.” Lenoir Rhyne University, Asheville. 23 March 2016.

 

RELATED SKILLS

  • Under supervision to become a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with theArt Therapy Credentials Board
  • Member ofThe American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
  • In training to receive a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, MA (to be completed in summer 2017)
  • Trained in Trauma-Informed Art Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Level 1 Yoga for Trauma and Resiliency
  • Professional Artist in Hendersonville, NC

 

 

Updated March 2017