Paula J. Sheldon M.S., LMFT, CSOTS, CTS,
- 2013: DOT/Substance Abuse
Professional Qualification Update
- 2013: Certification in
- 2012: Nevada
HIDTA 2012 Gang Conference/Certification
- 2012: Addictionologist
Certification Completion C.Ad.
- 2011: Board
Eligible: Addictionologist C.A.d (be)
- 2010: Treatment
of Juvenile Sex Offenders, Victims and Families: Certification
- 2010: Ansel Casey Train the Trainer Helping Youth
Evaluate Their Needs: Certification
- 2010: DOT/Substance Abuse
Professional Qualification Update
- 2008: Training
in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- 2008: EMDR
Training and Certification
- 2007 DOT/Substance
Abuse Professional Qualification Update
- 2007: Certified
Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
- 2007: Certified Trauma Specialist
- 2007: American
Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Specialist Certification
- 2006: State of Nevada
Marriage and Family Therapist License 01024
- 2004: Substance Abuse Professional Certificate
S.A.P. (DOT) (renewed every 3 years)
- 1991 Marriage and Family Therapist license
- 1985 Masters’ Degree in Counseling Psychology
- 1985 Masters’
Degree in Secondary Education with Emphasis on Social Sciences
- Mount Saint Mary’s
College, Los Angeles, California
- Pupil Personnel
Services Credential (K-12 School Counselor)
- Human Services Counseling Credential
- California State
Secondary Level Teaching Credential – Social Studies
- 1972 Batchelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Mt. St.
Mary’s College, Los
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Clinical Member: National Association of Forensic Counselors
- Clinical Member: American Association for Marriage and Family
- Clinical Member: Nevada Association for Marriage and Family
- Clinical Member: American
Counseling Association (ACA)
March 2005 – Present: Private practice therapy.
Specializing in individuals, couples and
group therapy for adults and adolescents who are victims of trauma, sexual
offenders & victims, or substance abusers as well as for clients who
struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and PTSD. DOT/SAPassessments.
2006 – Present: Mental Health Counselor II State of Nevada Youth Parole/DCFS. Responsible for mental health assessments and
counseling services for Clark
County youth detained in
State detention facilities. This
includes individual and family therapy, parenting skills classes and substance
abuse assessment and referral.
– November 2005 Clinical Therapist, Adolescent Acute Care Unit, Spring Mountain Treatment
Center 7000 Spring Mountain, Las Vegas, NV
for provision of individual, group and family therapy for adolescent residents
on the acute care unit. This includes
interface with the psychiatrist and treatment team, completion of the client’s
psychosocial evaluation, treatment plan and all discharge planning.
2002- July 2005 Behavioral Healthcare
Options Las Vegas, NV
Specialist: Handled incoming crisis calls that included
referral to IP, Rehab and IOP programs when appropriate, routing caller to
emergency services when appropriate, case management intervention to make
certain the crisis was resolved.
Management Specialist (UMS)
This position includes the
initial and concurrent review of both inpatient and outpatient mental
health and substance abuse cases to determine medical necessity for
initial and continued treatment.
The UMS develops close
liaisons with therapists, psychologists, substance abuse professionals and
psychiatrists at the inhouse clinic and within the BHO statewide network
of clinicians. Working together, we
assess patients, participate in staffing and discussion of patient
history, symptomology, diagnoses, treatment modalities, treatment goals,
medical, mental health and psychosocial needs. We monitor all cases in keeping with the
NCQA and HEDIS guidelines, with BHO Medical Necessity Protocols, with ASAM
Criteria for substance abuse treatment, predicating decisions upon best
practices and guidelines, insurance benefit options and specific patient
UMS keeps computerized record of all actions taken with, for and about each
patient. Letters to patients, facilities
and individual providers are generated and scanned into the patient files. Each review conducted by a psychiatrist or
psychologist is likewise documented and then scanned into the file. Record keeping and detailed charting are
essential to the management of each case.
(face-to-face) of individuals, couples, groups and families with a focus on
substance abuse issues, trauma and depression.
1998 – August 2002: Health Plan of Nevada,
Las Vegas, NV
Manager for the Member Services Departments for Health Plan of Nevada, Sierra
Health and Life, Senior Dimensions and Texas
In this capacity I was in
charge of the call center designed to be the voice of the insurance plans
to its clients. I managed a staff
of 48+, did the interviewing, hiring, counseling, oversight and
I worked as a representative
of the department to potential clients, traveled with various Sales
Department representatives and gave presentations explaining how Member
Services could assist them if they purchased one of our insurance
I worked on many committees
within the company representing the department and helping to devise
appropriate measures of interface to streamline our working relationship
while meeting the needs of all departments.
I served for 4 years on the
Confidentiality Advisory Board, the Pharmacy Advisory Committee and
numerous ad hoc committees originating from both external and internal
February 1997 – October 1998: Montana
Community Partners, Billings,
Montana - Director
of Clinical Services
was a start-up Medicaid project for more than 80,000 Montana Medicaid recipients. This population was comprised of AFDC, SSI,
Dually Eligible and non-Medicaid eligible consumers. The focus was on the
provision of appropriate mental health services in conjunction with the
identification of and response to each individual’s psychosocial needs.
My responsibilities included
oversight of all operations: assessment, authorization and referral,
initial and concurrent review, interface with the Montana Mental Health Coalition, the
provider community and the Members themselves.
There was extensive
involvement with the Provider community to teach/demonstrate the
utilization management and review processes as this was the state’s first
exposure to managed care.
Daily concerns included the
operations budget, daily utilizations recap of costs vs. budget, intense
Senior Management Team involvement.
I was in charge of hiring,
training and supervision of all clinical staff. This included a working understanding of
the DSM-IV and different diagnoses, psychopharmacology, American
Psychiatric Association current recommended practices and in-depth
knowledge of both clinical and psychosocial service options across the
I was responsible for
writing and implementing policies and procedures designed to define and
promote authorization, management and review of all clinical services and
Hands-on responsibility for
staffing cases, authorization determinations, recommendations for
Chair of several internal
committees including Clinical Care and Service Review, Utilization
improvement, Morbidity and Mortality, Clinical Service and daily Intensive
Oversight of all evaluations
and referrals for substance abuse treatment: detox, IP rehab, IOP and
halfway house placement.
August 1994 – February 1997 Foundation Health Psych Care
Services, Inc., San Rafael,
CA. - Clinical
Supervisor – Medicaid Department
for hiring, training and supervision of all Clinicians in the Medicaid
Department. This included weekly
supervision time spent with each Care Manager, reviewing work, decision-making
practices, problem solving, review and analysis of key indicators and budgetary
with Psychiatrists and supervisory staff in medical review and staffing of all
emphasis on clients whose needs were for substance abuse intervention and
services. Arranged referrals and family
services for those clients who left their families for residential treatment
Developed all procedures for
the Medicaid Department, wrote policies and procedures for the Department
Traveled to various
out-of-state provider locations to conduct on-site trainings of FHPS Medicaid
procedures and practices.
Intense involvement in audit
processes, both internal and external.
This included NCQA and URAC preparation.
Initiated protocols for
intervention and treatment for victims of sexual, emotional and physical
August 1992 – August 1994: Managed Health Network, Inc., Los
Angeles, CA Lead
care management for commercial managed care contracts while supervising,
auditing and directing licensed clinicians in the care management process.
Supervision of after-hours
on-call staff. Developed procedures
for crisis intervention, critical incidents and risk management for
"Warmline” utilized by clients.
This included assessment of presenting problem and referrals to
appropriate treatment providers for both mental health and substance abuse
Worked extensively with
senior management in the procuring of new contracts. This often included presentations to
potential clients. These included a
review of services to be provided and an overview of how this department
works with those it serves.
June 1992 Logan County
Youth and Family Services, Guthrie,
OK - Shelter
for admissions, clinical assessment, individual and family therapy for youth in
need of shelter services.
therapy for individuals and families participating in the agency’s Drug and
Alcohol program and for persons court-ordered into treatment. This included individual, couples, families
and IOP group services with emphasis on victims of trauma, various types of
abuse and/or neglect.
Supervised Child Care
Workers who provided around-the-clock supervision of the children and
adolescents admitted to shelter care.
Interfaced with Child
Protective Services and the Department of Public Health Services working
with and modifying existing treatment plans and in creating new treatment
Served as referral
specialist for youth needing treatment in residential care or hospital
settings, provided aftercare when these youth were discharged back into
Taught Parenting Classes to
clients court-ordered to attend same.
Functioned as community
liaison in outreach and educational programs in the local public schools
and in fundraising efforts for the shelter
1981 – June 1988:
School, La Puente,
Responsible for the creating
and implementation of an active counseling program on a campus of 1800
high school students. This program
combined academic and personal guidance.
Supervised eight counselors.
Interfaced with local
community service agencies in making referrals for youth in need of
Worked closely with entire
staff to identify students whose behavior suggested need for counseling
Headed the school’s
Discipline Board. This was a group
of staff who reviewed issues and behavioral concerns of students whose
parents were mandated to attend along with the student. Our purpose was to reconcile all
parties, determine when and where restitution needed to be made and, if
all other options failed, expel students from school.
Taught Diocesan approved
Religion courses for Seniors (Christian Vocation) and Juniors (Morality)
in addition to US History for Junior students.
August 1979 – June 1981: Annunciation Elementary
Teacher, 5th grade students in contained
classroom, responsible for all subjects except P.E.
- Duties included teaching core curriculum, interface with
parents, designing specific plans for students with special or remedial needs.
- February 1973 – June 1975: Teacher and Testing Specialist US Air
- As a Testing Specialist for the DOD, duties included
administration of multiple tests: the CLEP series, the GRE, the TOEFL and other
educational measurement testing instruments as well as the provision of
information and educational counseling of military personnel.
- Travel across Europe for
the Educational Testing Service to administer tests for foreign exchange
- Functioned as replacement teacher for the on-base
- June 1971 – January 1973: Probation Officer, Los Angeles Co. Probation
- Worked at MacLaren Hall in El Monte, CA
with juveniles not yet adjudicated.
Assisted with counseling, problem-solving and group work. Prepared youth for Court testimony. Once
their legal status had been determined, assisted with next step options for
each youth. This included foster and group home placement, return to parents or
relatives or placement in Juvenile Hall.