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Christopher Briggman, MRC

Christopher Briggman, MRC

Readjustment Counseling Therapist

Department of Veterans Affairs, Charleston, SC

Myrtle Beach

As a Readjustment Counseling Therapist at Department of Veterans Affairs, Charleston, SC I help people that can't help themselves. Such as Veterans and others that come back from an injury or war zone with obstacles preventing obtaining suitable employment. I also deliver counseling services to help them assimilate back into ...

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Psychiatric Counseling Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Management Veteran Readjustment Counseling Expert in VA Benefits Interagency Collaboration Highly skilled in all Microsoft Office Applications
Interests

I'm interested in human beings. I enjoy interaction between two people of different cultures and I learn from every confrontation and interaction that I participate in or witness. I am non judgemental and find each person that I encounter to be informative an interesting regardless of their background or future goals.

My dream job would be consulting for individuals on a private basis and also businesses that need advice in regards to employee relations and employee performance/improvement dealing with upward mobility.
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Department of Veterans Affairs, Charleston, SC

Readjustment Counseling Therapist

Providing Combat Veterans of all eras with community outreach, counseling, therapy and refferal to VA and community resources also incorporates community education regarding the problems and needs of eligible veterans.This is done all from an office in the Vet Center at the Myrtle Beach location, but will also provide outreach to prospective clients, render services to clients and engages in networking in the community, as well as in the office. I also work cooperatively and collaboratively with professionals, para-professionals, volunteers, and other VA facilities and community agencies to help eligible veterans recognize and resolve their problems and needs.

Career

Transitions Homeless Facility

Counselor (Part-Time Intern)

As a community counselor I provided counseling support in the evenings and weekends working to provide rehabilitation services for people going through all kinds of difficulties in life. As a counselor I interacted with people of all ages, groups and families, as well as members of related service fields like health care or school administration. My typical daily duties can include interviewing and evaluating their client, identifying goals, designing strategies for treatment and helping to implement and maintain those strategies. As a counselor I maintained a high degree of responsibility to my clients and dealt with difficult situations on a regular basis.

As a rehabilitation counselors I was focused on providing assistance that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders. I assisted people with behavioral or addiction issues in ordered to overcome their problems, while often working alongside families and members of the healthcare community to provide comprehensive support. As a mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists I utilized therapeutic methods to treat mental disorders and emotional issues arising within families and marriage.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Overseas Military Counselor/Coordinator, Public Contact/Outreach Specialist

DISABLED TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (DTAP) COORDINATOR AND
BENEFITS COUNSELOR provides wide range of readjustment counseling services to veterans and dependents with confirmed, sometimes co-curring, disorders or dual diagnosis such as Depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, substance abuse, suicidial ideations, and Bipolar Disorder. Demonstrated expert knowledge of benefit counseling, terminology and definition of mental health services and disorders in order to review and report case history and service requirements.

Career

Department of Veteran Affairs

Homeless, Elderly, Minority, and Incarerated Veterans Coordinator/Counselor

Key Accomplishment:
· Performed preliminary interviews and provided extensive personal counseling for over 30 veterans daily by providing information for possible benefits, assistance with existing benefits. Employed advisory skills related to job development, coaching, job seeking.
· Disseminated information at Yellow Ribbon Events about pre-deployment (30, 60, and 90 days after employment.
· Primary liaison for homeless, incarcerated, minority and elderly veterans managing claims process including Pre-Development; Development; Rating; Authorization; and Notification of Benefits..

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Legal Administrative Specialist

Key Accomplishment:
Performed 120 phone interviews weekly concerning mentally and physically disabled veteran with various lifestyle issues.

COUNSELED ADULT CLIENTS WITH EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. Administered and interpreted vocational testing and coordinated rehabilitation services for adults with disabilities to prepare them for suitable work. Performed initial evaluations and entitlement determinations. Worked with vocational rehabilitation service programs to develop individualized written rehabilitation plans. Developed individualized employment plans.

Key Accomplishment:
Utilizing my extensive knowledge of psychology and vocational rehabilitation, provided services for veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities.

Career

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Masters Rehabilitational Counseling (MRC)

Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process that assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and addiction-based disabilities in achieving their personal, career, and independent living goals through counseling activities. Rehabilitation counselors help individuals deal with personal, interpersonal, and societal problems, plan careers, and find and maintain desired employment. Rehabilitation Counselors work with individuals, family members, organizations, and advocacy groups that address the environmental and social barriers that create obstacles for people with disabilities. They also collaborate with physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, employers and others in assisting individuals with disabilities in pursuing their vocational and independent living goals.

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Coker College

BA, Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY
At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. As a Coker psychology major, you will learn how to learn—and with internships and an individual capstone research project to prepare you for the professional world, you graduate with all the tools you need to build a successful career.

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