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Penniellen Bergholz   
New York, NY
Caseworker / Case Manager
New York City Department of Homeless Services

Role:  Consumer Provider, Student
Area of Work:  Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use, Employment, Immigrants, Seniors
Focus of Work:  Local

I am a caseworker/case manager with the NYC Department of Homeless services. At present I work in a single adult men's shelter. It is termed an employment shelter, as the goal of the agency is to get all the residents employed and saving 60% of their pay toward housing, or at least saving from disability if they are incapable of employment. I am also currently studying to be a CASAC. I am in my final course comprising the 350 educational hours. I plan to take the certification exam when I complete this class in early June 2013. My ultimate objective is to do mental-health and substance-abuse counseling, and effective client advocacy. I have a BA in psychology and hope to go on to more advanced degrees directed toward counseling.

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Organization/University: New York City Department of Homeless Services

Homelessness is a current research interest?:  - No