LaRita Smith,

LBSW

Qualifications

EDUCATION
 

Bachelor of Science in Corrections,  Jacksonville State University (1986)
Training and Development Practitioner III, National Center for Professional Certification
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners Licensed Bachelor Social Worker

 

SKILLS SUMMARY

  • GPS Trainer/ Deciding Together Facilitator/ Marketer and Recruiter/ Licensed Social Worker. 

  • Social Worker with expertise in crisis intervention, parent and life skill education, teen pregnancy prevention, needs assessment, and case management with children and families.

  • Manages grants and contracts- prevention and support services.

  • Strong understanding of state social service resources with extensive experience collaborating and partnering with community agencies on special projects.

  • Training in managing crisis, family dynamics, disruptive, unmotivated students, Life Skills Training, cultural diversity,strengths-based assessments, presentation skills, stress management, Nurturing Families Curriculum, Prescription Drugs and Youth, drug abuse.

  • Dedicated team member with strong leadership skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Expertise in managing group dynamics, facilitating collaborative learning, designing training and development sessions, facilitating learning in groups through presentations and activities, establishing rapport with learners, and creating a climate conducive to learning.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Recruiter/Trainer/Licensed Social Worker/ TFC Foster Parent Program 

YOUTH VILLAGES, Birmingham, AL

2014-present

  • Develop marketing strategies for targeted areas

  • Work to maintain/increase foster parent retention

  • Increase foster parent census

  • Teach GPS classes

  • Provide monthly foster parent training

  • Develop a yearly training schedule for foster parent support groups and GPS

  • Teach GPS/Deciding Together Overview with TFC Staff annually

  • Support staff with recertification/ initial home studies

 

 

Licensed Social Worker

SERAAJ FAMILY HOMES, Birmingham, AL

2009- 2014

 

  • Licensed Foster Care Homes utilizing best practices and following the Minimum Standards for Foster Care Homes in the State of Alabama.

  • Conducted home studies and recertification, member of the placement team for Therapeutic Foster Care referrals; GPS Trainer; Marketer and Recruiter.

 

Family Life Education Social Worker/Team Leader

CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY, Birmingham, AL

1997-2007
 

  • Supervised staff in the Teen Pregnancy Program and Project Dad’s Program

  • Responsible for all reporting to grantors/renewing grants annually

  • Provided parenting and life skill groups to middle/high school students and parents.

  • Coordinated and implemented peer mentor program in school.

  • Coordinated school-wide prevention activities.

  • Maintained continuous quality improvement standards.

  • Kept abreast of current trends and best practices in youth substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention, and violence prevention.

  • Assisted in the management of grants/ contracts and reports/evaluation tools

  • Participated in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalitions, Young Mother’s Program 

  • Advisory Board member, Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Board member, and advisory committee addressing issues of youth.

  • Public speaking engagements in churches, schools, radio, and television for youth and prevention services.

  • Nurturing Program Trainer.

  • Life Skills Facilitator/Quality Assurance/COA accreditation process

 

 

Family Life Specialist

JCCEO HEAD START PROGRAM, Birmingham, AL
1995-1997

 

  • Responsible for the delivery of social services to Head Start Program for children and families. 

  • Recruited children and assisted with parent involvement and health services.

  • Assisted families based on needs assessments and offered referrals for services.

  • Developed family action plans and follow-up reports.

 

 

Family Life Worker

SALVATION ARMY YOUTH SERVICES, Birmingham, AL
1992-1995

 

  • Supported pregnant/parenting teens and other youth in treatment planning, home visits, case management services, and served as leader of support groups for residents.

 

 

Residential Case Worker

GATEWAY FAMILY AND CHILD SERVICES, Birmingham, Al
1987-1991

 

  • Independent Living Skills Instructor, a support worker for residents on campus.

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