Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC

EDUCATION

The College of William & Mary
Master of Education in Counseling

United States International University, San Diego, California
Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Spanish

Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE

Rapha Group facilitator for Emotionally and Sexually Abused Women-14 weeks
Rapha Group facilitator for a 12-Step Women’s Codependency Group-9 months
Rapha Group facilitator for a Father-Adult Child Relationships Co-Ed Group-7 months
Group facilitator for Christian Women in Domestic Violence Relationships-2 yrs. 6 mos.
Group Facilitator for Co-Ed Group of Victims of Domestic Violence-2 years
Group Facilitator for an Anger Management Group-2 years and ongoing
Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault Companion Duty-4 months
Internship in Family Counseling-College of William & Mary Summer Session 1998
Internship at Partners in Hope in Norfolk working with Response, the Consortium, Norfolk Case Review, and the Norfolk Family Violence Alliance-Summer Session 1998
Internship in Addictions Counseling-College of William & Mary, Summer Session 1999, Fall Semester 1999, Spring Semester 2000
Individual and Group Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
Group Facilitator for a Batterer Intervention Program at the City Prison Farm-July 29, 2000-July 2001 for inmates in the substance abuse program
Group Facilitator for Victims of Domestic Violence and for a Batterer Intervention Program at the Newport News City Jail- August 15, 2000-June 2001 for inmates in the Addictions Cellblock
Resident Counselor at Eden Counseling Center-November 1998-December 2001
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board Jail-Based Substance Abuse Counselor at the Newport News City Prison Farm-August 29, 2001-June 11, 2004
Colonial Services Board Jail-Based Substance Abuse Counselor at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail-June 14, 2004-January 14, 2005
Colonial Services Board Bilingual Substance Abuse Counselor at Colonial Services Board-January 14, 2005-September 30, 2009

EXPERIENCE IN PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

more than 20 years experience in curriculum design/implementation and adult training
designed Spanish curriculum which resulted in an invitation to set up a similar program at another university
created a comprehensive training manual for the counselor of the battered woman
produced a substance abuse prevention program for women with consideration for the Hispanic woman
devised a ten-week personal growth group for battered women of faith
established guidelines for developmental counseling of victims of dating or domestic violence
drew up a list of resources for the battered woman
wrote my own story Hope for the Hurting Woman
compiled transparencies, jokes, sayings, and inspirational stories for counseling
presentations, workshops, training sessions, conferences, group sessions, and retreats
drew up an Anger Management curriculum and a Batterer Intervention Program curriculum
set up a curriculum on the Family Disease of Addiction
set up an 18 month Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Chemically Dependent Criminal Offenders
set up a sixteen-week program for women in substance abuse treatment

COUNSELING RELATED SKILLS

speak, read, and write Spanish fluently
understand and interact easily in the Hispanic culture and the African American culture
have computer skills (Macintosh and IBM, Netscape & e-mail)
sing, dance, play the piano & the autoharp
understand and interact easily in the military community

HONORS

South Carolina State Foreign Language Teachers’ Professional Growth Award 1987
Outstanding Spanish Teacher for the State of South Carolina 1988
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions in Teaching from the University of
Richmond January 8, 1996
Induction into Kappa Delta Pi, An International Honor Society in Education, College of
William & Mary Alpha XI Chapter April 14, 1996
Induction into Chi Sigma Iota, An International Honor Society in Counseling, College of William & Mary Omega Mu Chapter May 7, 1998
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002
Employee of the Month at the Newport News City Prison Farm April 2003

PUBLICATIONS/LITERARY AWARDS

Publication of one article, three poems, and nine devotions in the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers Anthology in 2000, 2001, and 2002
Literary Awards in August 2002 and April 2003
One article in Believe in 2003
Two devotions in the 2004 Fall Issue of The Secret Place
Article Why Don’t the Chemically Dependent Criminal Offenders Change? in the Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors VAADAC VIEWS Winter 2005
Contributing Author to The Embrace of a Father, Bethany 2006
Seven devotions in the June-August 2006 issue of The Quiet Hour
Seven devotions in the March 2007 issue of The Quiet Hour
Publication of my book, Hope for the Journey through Cancer, Revell May 1, 2007
Article in Spirit-Led Writer September-October issue 2007
Two articles on CBN.com May 2008 and one article in 2009
Two articles, Tilling Concrete? And Reflections on VSIAS, in the Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors VAADAC VIEWS Fall 2008

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
Virginia Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
The Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
The Center for Therapeutic Justice
Board Member of the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies in 2004
Virginia Board of Counseling Member June 30, 2005-June 30, 2009
Board Member of the Virginia Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors 2010-2011
Associate Member of the Advanced Speakers & Writers Association (AWSA)
Associate Member of the VA Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA)

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