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Lily  Ward
Counselor
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Education

Cabrillo College, Aptos, California

Associate of Arts Degree, Mathematics and German – 1974

 

University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California

Bachelor of Arts, Major - Sociology Minor – German – 1976

 

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California 

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology - 1987





Experience

I began my career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor.  I taught ESL for seven years. I enjoyed working with the students from different countries.  My students were eager to learn English and were excited about sharing their culture with me and the class and I was just as excited to learn about their culture. 

After teaching ESL I taught literacy to Americans who had not learned to read when they were younger. I remember the first day I showed up to the literacy class and heard an older gentleman tell another gentleman, “What does she think she can teach us?  She is too young.”  A few weeks later he told me he was glad I was his teacher because he had learned a lot.

From the literacy class I developed a high school diploma program for adults as well as teenagers.  I had not only American citizens in the program, but also immigrants.  The teenage, young and older adult students hadn’t been successful in their former schools, but achieved their goal and graduated.  Some of the teenage students were concurrently enrolled in high school and the diploma program due to insufficient credits to graduate and as a result were able to graduate with their class!  Some students graduated with their high school diploma, some with their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and some 16 year old students with California’s High School Proficiency exam.  My oldest student was 76 years old and was from Poland.  My youngest student was 13. The average age of students attending was 15.  I had over 200 students go through the program yearly.

While living in California, I began my career as a counselor working in both the private and public sector.  I became the counselor for Santa Cruz Adult Education working not only with adults, but also with teenagers who were high risk due to gang involvement and high school students who were behind in their credits to graduate. 

I worked as an Intervention Prevention Specialist for a high school in Aptos, California, counseling students who had been referred to the program for chemical substance use.  I have also worked at Youth Services, a counseling agency for teenagers and their families and in two private practices with all age groups.

I have also given workshops and/or seminars on stress, working mothers, self-esteem/self-worth, co-dependency, working with children, parenting, grief, chemical substance abuse and husband/wife interactions.

In Georgia I have worked as a counselor for the state in Mental Health mainly with children and teenagers and a few adults in three different counties as well as in a private agency in Haralson County with clients of all ages.

About two years after moving to Georgia, I started a private practice which I still maintain.  In my practice I see children through adults.

I have experience working with a variety of issues including Autism, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder formally known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, various Personality Disorders, Addiction Disorders, marital problems, Eating Disorders, homosexual concerns, spousal abuse, child abuse, and family issues to name a few.

I have also given workshops and/or seminars on stress, working mothers, self-esteem/self-worth, co-dependency, working with children, parenting, grief, chemical substance abuse and husband/wife interactions.