ALEXANDRA K. RYMLAND, LCSW-C


background summary


Highly motivated clinical social worker. In 24 years, I have built a successful private psychotherapy practice with expertise in addictions, sexual abuse, depression and anxiety disorders; with extensive experience in cross-cultural and diverse populations. I have created innovative programs for patients with chronic mental illness; and developed new treatment programs in community mental health. I lead workshops in the United States and Mexico, using yoga, mindfulness meditation, writing and ritual as tools for healing. Before social work, my career included award-winning advertising/marketing executive and administrative assistant to a well-known developer.


education

Master of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work
graduating class speaker, editor Cause & Function, vice president
student government, dean’s scholarship. May 1983

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Business, Antioch University
Developed and taught curriculum “Eastern Philosophy and Western Thought: an experiential approach.” Wrote grants and facilitated experiential therapy programs for forensic patients. March 1978


experience

Alexandra Rymland, LCSW-C (1983-present)
Private psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples, families, groups.

Clinical Social Worker III (1986-1997)
State of MD, Carroll County Community Mental Health Programs.
In this long-term career position, I started as a psychotherapist in adult community mental health, honing skills in individual, couples and family therapy as part of a skillful Interdisciplinary Treatment Team. I was responsible for assessments, treatment plans, case management, home visits and providing psychotherapy.

With proven expertise in systemic family therapy, written and verbal communication, I was chosen to participate in developing a unit for children, adolescents and their families. I provided individual, family and group therapy; liaison with courts and other agencies; case management; specialization in sexual/substance abuse. I served on the Governor’s Teen Suicide Prevention Team.

Adjunct Clinical Instructor, U. of MD School of Social Work (1989-93)
I taught and supervised graduate social work interns all phases of clinical and administrative social work, using Teaching Model for Supervision, a manual for field instruction I wrote emphasizing systemic psychotherapy in an integrated treatment approach.

Clinical Director, Carroll County Rehabilitation Program. I improved delivery of services to chronically mentally ill patients through development of effective in-service programs for therapists and staff under my supervision. I was active in community relations to remove the stigma of mental illness, edited the Policy & Procedures Manual and served on the Quality Assurance Team.

Psychiatric Social Worker, Gundry Hospital (1983-86)
This inpatient psychiatric hospital for women was focused heavily on treatment and systemic psychotherapy. In addition to individual, couples and family therapy, I created experiential therapy programs, directed psychodrama and wrote Psycho-education Model for patients and families. I served on the Community Outreach Team and PR Committee.


prior to social work career

Volunteer Activities Coordinator, MD Mental Hygiene Admin. (1978-81)
I created Volunteer/Community Relations Programs for inpatient community psychiatric hospital. Toward removing the stigma of mental illness, I organized a Citizens Advisory Board, produced and narrated a slide show and developed expressive therapy programs among State hospitals. I facilitated yoga therapy and psychodrama.

Community Organizer, Barbara Mikulski Congressional Primary (1976)
Wrote press releases and assisted volunteer/fund raising activities.

Marketing Projects Manager, National Brewing Company (1968-71)
As National’s first female executive, my focus was marketing programs for women and young adults. I produced cooking with beer contests, an award-winning cookbook and slide show, and traveled nationwide as National’s spokeswoman.

Administrative Assistant, The Rouse Company (1960-67)
Managed office of vice president in charge of land acquisition, planning and design for Columbia New Town.


affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (1983-present)
Walters Art Gallery Committee for Hackerman House (1990-91)
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center of Baltimore, Bd of Directors (1987-89)
Patuxent Institution Inside-out Cultural Exchange, Bd of Directors (1979-81)
Baltimore Tutorial Project, Bd of Directors (1968-70)
Mayor’s Committee for a Livelier Baltimore (1968-70)

awards

Editor’s Choice Award, National Library of Poetry (1997)
Social Work Direct Services Award, State of Maryland (1991)
Community Service Award, MD United Way (1979 and 1980)
ADDY Award for Creative Writing & Design Excellence for
What’s Cookin’ with National, American Advertising Federation (1970)

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