I am a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Pastoral Counselor, Psychology Instructor, Applied Behavior Analysis Clinical Coordinator, Behavioral Consultant, Teacher/Tutor, Life Skills Coach, Parent Trainer, and Advisor with over 19 years of experience in planning, coordinating, and executing social services, casework initiatives, advocacy services, and behavioral analysis within both individual and group environments. With a Board Certification for TeleMental Health, Certificate in Pastoral Counseling, National Certification in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, MS in Criminal Justice (Behavior Analysis Specialization), BA in Psychology, and extensive background in crisis communications, behavioral analysis and instruction, and community outreach and resources, I am now seeking a new opportunity to utilize my passion, drive and expertise within a therapeutic pastoral and/or behavioral approach.
Dedra is amazing!! She has helped me so much with my anxiety, depression and anger. Along with just daily life stuff. She makes it easy to be completely yourself. I highly recommend!
I would like to meet the person for consultation first (via video), in order to assess if we are a good "fit" prior to moving on as I want for us both to be comfortable with each other. The next sessions could be by various means of telemental health (video, secure messaging, chat, phone).
My knowledge and experiences in Psychology, Organizational Management, Special Education, Criminal Justice, Behavior Analysis, and Pastoral Counseling combined with the fulfillment of the Bible and its life teachings is exciting within itself as the Bible’s teachings convey the human condition in every way for the mind, body, and spirit. With these high quality services, I am well equipped to contribute to a person's mental and emotional success.
$30 per session
I knew this was my clling and passion since before leaving college when I volunteered with AmeriCorps Upward Bound my Junior year at Pace University. In working with many teens on their path to college came many factors within their personal lives that affected them mentally and emotionally. These had to be unburdened and throroughly assessed in ordre for them to go on to continued success. This contnued in my career to the point where I think many persons are more comfortable with telemental health especially when the person is not within their locale, city, or state; someone with a fresh ear and insight.
I've worked with all ages, in various populations: Dept. of Education, Mental Health, Inpatient Psych, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Special Education, Homeless Services, Children Services, Adoption, Residential, Day Habilitation, Board of Cooperative Education (Nassau/Suffolk Counties NY), Mentally Ill, Chemically Addicted (MICA), and more...
I'll let you read for yourself a feature story from current workplace:
Notes From the COVID-19 Frontline: Dedra Forbes Calms Nerves During a Stressful Time
With a potent mix of compassion and professionalism, the behavior intervention specialist welcomes a recovering individual home from the hospital while addressing the concerns of residential staff and his housemates.
In mid Marchmid-March, while the coronoviruscoronavirus was spreading across New York City, Michael, a resident at Birch Family Services 53rd Street group home in Brooklyn, woke up with an alarming temperature of 106.1 degrees. Staff alerted the house nurse who directed that he immediately be taken to the emergency room. Shortly after, he received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 7 days.
When Michael returned home to recover, it was necessary to isolate him for two weeks from other individuals in the residence, including his two longtime roommates. While this was challenging for the very social and friendly 30 year old, the precautionary measure was critical for the safety of the other residents as well as for the staff, who as direct support professionals (DSPs), work intimately with everyone in the group home.
Residence nurse Mary Lewis and Dedra Forbes, a Birch behavior intervention specialist (BIS), made sure that Michael was comfortable in his room. For their safety, the two gentleman he shared the room with were moved down to the first floor living area and their belongings were stored in another bedroom, also on the first floor, to minimize contact for the duration of the isolation period.
Initially, staff expressed concerns about caring for someone with COVID-19 while maintaining the well-being of the people they support in the residence. While they were already limiting the number of visitors to the home and practicing universal precautions such as washing their hands frequently, wiping down surfaces and using hand sanitizer, as a confirmed case of COVID-19 inside the house, this was different. But Dedra put them at ease. She had worked at another residence located at 53rd Street on and off since 2016, so she knew everyone pretty well.
Dedra listened and addressed their concerns with her usual mix of heart and professionalism. Drawing on skills learned from her background as a cognitive behavioral therapist, she explained how important it was to wear personal protective equipment (PPEs) like masks, gloves and gowns, and for maintaining a safe space for the people they support as well as for themselves, who also have loved ones to return to each day.
"Dedra was able to ease everyone's anxiety through her compassion and empathy," said Heidi Frederick, assistant residence manager. "She works well with the staff because she truly listens to their concerns and addresses them as best as possible."
Michael, who communicates through short phrases, gestures and touch, has a fun personality and a great sense of humor. Now, thanks to his easy disposition and good attitude -- not to mention the support he receives from Dedra, Mary, and other Birch staff at the residence -- he is well on the road to recovery and cracking jokes again with everyone at 53rd Street.
On the frontlines of the pandemic, Birch Family Services’ DSPs, nurses, and BISs and other residential staff come to work each day knowing that they will likely support someone with COVID-19 or quarantine those exposed to the virus. With limited PPEs and respite during long shifts, they show up to support some of the city’s most vulnerable people when others are being told to stay at home for their safety. Every day since the beginning of the crisis, they have gone above and beyond, selflessly working long hours and putting their own needs aside to provide critical care services to the people they support.
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