Paul C. Briggs, LCSW, LMT, SEP

  

Throughout my career, beginning in my late teen years, I became actively involved in a steady variety of volunteer work within my community, helping others. I soon realized that I held a passion for working with people. After a 13 year career in industry working as an engineer, I returned to school in South Florida. I earned my Master of Social Work degree at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida in May of 1996. In September of 2001, I completed my Massage Therapy certificate at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami, Florida. I am currently licensed and certified to practice Clinical Social Work and Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in several states. I can also provide psychotherapy assistance in Florida, North Carolina, and Massachusetts using Telemental Health remote communication.


My professional career spans over 35 years, combining multiple career paths in industry, mental and physical health, and massage and bodywork. My areas of expertise include mood disorders, chronic mental illness, substance abuse, PTSD, trauma, pain, and gender dysphoria, along with education and wellness. In my work, I have the pleasure of working with adults, young adults, elders, Veterans, and the LGBTQ community. My work is influenced by several schools of psychotherapy, therapeutic massage and somatic practices (bodywork); all of which help people to understand their bodies, injuries, emotional lives, relationships, illnesses and personal dynamics as part of their healing process.


I enjoy ongoing study in mental health and bodywork care, health and fitness, research, travel, writing, and providing educational opportunities for clients and professionals through presentations. I am a current member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, the American Massage Therapy Association, a member of The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy and a member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy. 


Thank you for allowing me to work with you. 

“Man in the Maze”- from Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Tohono O’odham People, Tucson, Arizona 

Therapist • Educator • Advocate • Consultant

My Curriculum Vitae

• Seasoned clinician in emergency and wellness healthcare settings
• Extensive diagnostic and treatment experience within behavioral health sciences
• Direct services provision of individual, EAP, group therapies and education in a variety of settings

• Utilize telemental health and electronic medical record technologies in clinical practice
• Qualified Clinical Supervisor for program staff and student interns
• Extremely efficient project management, documentation, and policy development skills
• Possess flexibility and effective interpersonal and communication skills
• Direct and ongoing clinical application of massage and bodywork, and body-mind treatment approaches
• Author and presenter of a variety of topics
• Professional conference planning management and related organizational duties 


Licenses and Certifications


• Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida (SW 5478), North Carolina (C003436)
• Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts (110348)
• Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), National Association of Social Workers
• Certified Social Worker in Health Care (C-SWHC), National Association of Social Workers
• Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW), National Association of Social Workers
• Licensed Massage Therapist, Florida (MA 34970)
• Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (308956-00)
• Board Certified- TeleMental Health Provider (369)

• Qualified Supervisor for Florida LCSW Licensure
• Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, certificate 


Education


September 2001, Massage Therapist, Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami, FL


May 1996, Master of Social Work, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL


June 1982, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA


Professional Organizations


2011 to present, associate member, European Association for Body Psychotherapy 


2010 to present, member, American Massage Therapy Association


2004 to present, clinical advisory board member/therapists’ collective member, Sunshine Social Services, Inc. (SunServe), Fort Lauderdale, FL


2004 to present, member, past board member, past vice-president, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy 


2002 to present, member, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care 


2001 to 2018, member, past second vice-president Broward Chapter, Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, Inc. 


1999 to 2009, member, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) 


1995 to 2005, member, past board member, Beulah Rothman Center for Group Work Studies (CGWS)/Florida Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Barry University, Miami Shores, FL


1994 to present, member, past board member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National and Florida Chapters, Broward Unit


Experience


February 2002 to present, Therapist • Educator • Advocate • Consultant, Healing Concepts, LLC, Hollywood, FL
• Assist people with the realization of their own optimal health, healing, and well being
• Provide individual psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing®
• Regularly guide clients who seek alternative holistic and complementary treatments and experiences for enhancing their health and managing symptoms
• Advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, mechanics of injury (such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), musculoskeletal, soft tissue), and other somatic conditions that contribute to an integral part of health, healing, and well-being
• Design and present educational programs and provide consultation in the areas of health, wellness, prevention, trauma, vicarious trauma, veterans, gender identity, vulnerable populations, and inclusiveness
• Designed Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research study, developed protocols, conducted research, tracked and compiled data, to implement informed clinical interventions based upon research outcomes, pending publication


May 2017 to present, ARC Assessment Specialist, Assessment and Referral Center, University Hospital and Medical Center, Tamarac, FL
• Utilize latest telemedicine technology
• Respond to requests from local HCA Hospitals for psychiatric crisis assessments of patients within HCA emergency rooms, psychiatric intake departments and hospital medical floors
• Mental status evaluation, recommendations to physician regarding patient’s level of behavioral health care needs, and confirmation of medical stability for inpatient psychiatric admission
• Receive and address calls from the community requesting information and referral
• Review requests for behavioral health admission from community referral sources
• Coordinate with the HCA Transfer Center for moving patients to the most appropriate behavioral health placement


August 2008 to May 2017, Senior Social Worker, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Miami VA Healthcare System, Miami, FL
• Joint Commission Accredited facility
• Maintained a clinical caseload for individual therapy using live and telehealth modalities
• Provided direct patient care within primary care clinic; supporting the medical and mental health needs of clinic patients and their families and caregivers, including complex case management, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, team consultation
• Facilitated socially isolated Veteran support group
• Special Projects and Assignments:
– April 2016: Appointed as LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator by Miami VAHS Director
– August 2015 to December 2015: Co-facilitated LGBTQ Support Group
– June, September, October 2015: Increased VA visibility and presence within the LGBTQ community by initiating and organizing Vet and VA staff participation in community events
– May 2013 to May 2017: Functioned in supervisory and administrative capacity as VISN 8 Transgender and Intersex Workgroup Chair; providing evaluation of service delivery; guidance to the Network Clinical Council (NCC) in meeting the needs of Transgender and Intersex Veterans using a systematic approach to provide coordinated health care across the entire continuum
– May to August 2014, Mental Health Social Worker detailed to OEF/OIF/OND Post Deployment Outpatient Clinic; provided complex case management, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, team consultation, caregiver support; ensured and provided direct clinical care in PACT team setting, implementing evidence based interventions when appropriate; routinely utilized Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Care  Management Tracking and Reporting Application (CMTRA) in case load  management; regular attendance and participation at traumatic brain  injury (TBI) screening meetings
– Collaborated, authored, negotiated and submitted two 2014 VISN 8 Innovation Grant proposals for: “Therapeutic Chair Massage Adjunct Program for Existing Veteran and Caregiver Supports” and “Demonstrating a Model for Providing Comprehensive Patient-Centric Transgender and Intersex Veteran Health Care within the VA Healthcare System”
• Provided leadership for medical and mental health social workers in an outpatient clinic setting
• Managed day to day administrative and clinical concerns within social work department
• Fostered collaborative relationships with community based Veteran service organizations
• Provided social work services for Veterans admitted to Emergency Department: suicide risk, crisis stabilization, biopsychosocial assessment, discharge planning, coordination with medical providers, housing assistance, transportation, family contact, care and treatment referrals
• Assisted with coverage of social work duties of additional hospital units, including: medical floors, behavioral healthcare, inpatient mental health, outpatient healthcare, PTSD program
• Coordinated staff scheduling of Senior Social Workers in Emergency Department
• Assisted with planning and development of Emergency Department policies, procedures and related education; design of process flow documentation
• Provided Employee Assistance Program support services within Miami VAHS upon request


September 2007 to September 2008, Wellness Coach, Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center, Hollywood, FL
• Instructed and assisted members with cardio and strength training in 6,000 sq. ft. wellness center
• Created and presented behavioral health curriculum for YMCA Fit Family Challenge pilot program addressing childhood obesity in middle school age children
• Designed and presented educational workshops for YMCA general membership
• Provided therapeutic massage and bodywork services
• Oversight of repair and maintenance of exercise equipment


July 2005 to July 2008, January 2002 to April 2003, Family Therapist II, Residential Treatment Services Coordinator, Access Services, Broward Addiction Recovery Center, Broward County Commission, Human Services Department, BARC Division, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
• Joint Commission Accredited agency
• Coordinated and screened for appropriate placement of approximately 90 clients referred for residential treatment each month
• Facilitated and managed the flow of clinical and medical information between referral sources and program, working closely with hospital staff, detox staff, and other BARC program staff at various levels
• Developed tools and processes to help streamline the screening process, such as multidisciplinary team review, referral information checklists, tracking/follow-up forms
• Provided Access Services intake coverage and Baker Act initiations as needed
• Conducted initial assessment and psychosocial evaluation consisting of: substance abuse/addiction history, family assessment, treatment planning, mental health and special needs recommendations
• Referred clients to appropriate level of care on substance abuse treatment continuum
• Provided back-up Criminal Justice Liaison assistance within county courtrooms and jails


August 2004 to July 2005, Massage Therapist, Massage Oasis, Pembroke Pines, FL
• Provided Therapeutic Chair Massage services in a retail kiosk setting
• Promoted and sold massage related products


April 2003 to December 2004 (Full Time), Care Manager, December 2002 to April 2003 (Part Time), National On-Call Center, United Behavioral Health, Coral Gables, FL
• Via telephone- Responsible for initial clinical review providing authorization of inpatient services
• Authorized emergent care coverage according to UBH level of care criteria, service appropriateness, and medical necessity
• Advocated/collaborated with service providers to ensure proper service coordination


November 1997 to January 2002, Residential Counselor, St. Luke’s Addiction Recovery Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Miami, FL
• Provided multi-addiction treatment services for dually diagnosed individuals as part of a residential treatment center multi-disciplinary team
• Maintained client caseload including: initial assessment and diagnosis, individual, group and family psychotherapy, specialized group work, aftercare planning, referrals
• Clinical Field Instructor- responsible for the supervision and mentoring of university student interns on a regular basis
• In absence of Clinical Director- performed duties in areas of agency crisis management, problem solving and decision making, initiation of client involuntary examination


April 1997 to September 1997, Lead Case Manager/Supervisor, Esperanza Center, Christian Community Service Agency, Miami, FL
• Maintained various duties of Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) Program service delivery through the management of policies and procedures, cultivation of productive landlord relationships, monitoring of case work, and frequent client contact
• Responsible for supervision, support, guidance, and professional development of program Case Managers and other staff


April 1996 to April 1997, Social Work Coordinator, Special Immunology Program, Lambda Counseling Center, Coconut Grove, FL
• Serving outpatient needs in a five physician HIV/AIDS practice
• Psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, case work, mental health referrals, counseling and support with individuals, families and significant others
• Inpatient services and discharge planning; hospital immunology unit 


September 1994 to April 1996, Clinical Internships
Employee Assistance Program, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
• Individual therapy and crisis intervention with individuals and families
• Group work and education with management and employees within various departments
Medicana Nursing Center, Lake Worth, FL
• Individual and group work with elder residents and with caregivers 


September 1982 to March 1994, Engineering Career
• Spanning over 11 years in industry as an Electrical Engineer
• Developed flexibility and effective project management skills, adhering to strict deadlines
• Produced concise product designs and documentation for manufacturing and customer use
• Enhanced interpersonal and communication skills through manufacturing assistance and customer support interactions


Community Service


 2004 to present, clinical advisory board member/therapists’ collective member, Sunshine Social Services, Inc. (SunServe), Fort Lauderdale, FL 


January 1997 to May 1998, Cosmopolitan Community Center of Miami, Inc., Miami, FL


February 1994 to June 1994, Consultant, Anti-Violence Coalition, Providence, RI


June 1991 to April 1994, Victim Advocate, Victim Recovery Program, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA


January 1991 to August 1992, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Southeastern Massachusetts (PFLAG), North Easton, MA


January 1990 to April 1994, New Bedford Center for Health and Human Services, Project Care, New Bedford, MA


1986 to 1994, member, Alliance of Gays, Lesbians and Supporters of New Bedford, (AGLAS), New Bedford, MA


1978 to 1985, Call Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician, Westport Fire Department, Westport, MA 


1976 to 1988, George N. Alden Ambulance Corps., New Bedford, MA