Ms. Hammonds earned her MSW from Fordham University, and also holds master's degrees in clinical psychology and clinical art therapy. She is a doctoral student at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service and was an Adjunct Professor. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York and New Jersey; Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Board Certified Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association (FAPA); Certified Relationship Specialist (CRS); and Certified School Social Worker in the state of New York and New Jersey. She is a nationally registered, Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) by the American Art Therapy Association; Certified Criminal Justice Specialist (CCJS); Master Addiction Counselor (MAC); and Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant.
Ms. Hammonds developed and implemented hospital, correctional, residential, community, and school-based programs that integrate cognitive-behavioral and expressive/creative arts interventions as primary modalities for culturally diverse male and female children, adolescents, and families, with severe mental illness, dual diagnosis, trauma, attachment disorders divorce, and disruptive behavior disorders to name a few.
She served as the director of Partial and Intensive Outpatient Adolescent Psychiatric and Dual Diagnosis programs in New York and New Jersey, a School Social Worker, the Unit Chief at the Adolescent Reception Detention Center (ARDC) and Rose M. Singer Correctional (RMSC) facility on Riker's Island, Chief of the Mental Health program at the Brooklyn House of Detention for Men (BKHDM), Regional Psychologist for the New York State Department of Corrections and part-time psychologist and consultant at the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center. She was the Clinical Supervisor of Non-Traditional Treatment Interventions for the Bergen County Department of Family Guidance, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Ms. Hammonds was the Project Supervisor for the Bronx Palliative Care Initiative and worked towards a multicultural community collaborative effort for education regarding cultural diversity issues for those with terminal illness.
She has trained staff at community and correctional agencies on interventions with behaviorally disruptive youth and was featured in Kids Magazine on the use of Art Therapy with learning disabled and emotionally disabled children. Ms. Hammonds has written reviews for books used for professionals and parents. Currently, Ms. Hammonds maintains a full-time private practice in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and Nyack, New York, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma treatment interventions to include EMDR and TIR with multicultural populations.
Ms. Hammonds offers supervision for Licensure services for LCSW, LPC and Art Therapy in
New Jersey, New York and Florida
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