Lara Slimmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Lara Slimmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Lara Slimmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
National Board Certified Counselor
Certified Trauma Professional
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Trainer

Areas of Focus:

Adolescent Mental Health, Anxiety, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality Disorders, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Communication Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Domestic Violence, Drug Addiction and Abuse, Family Issues, Mood Disorders, Neurological Testing, Oppositional and Defiant Behavior, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Evaluations

Education:

Doctor of Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health, In Progress
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature / Journalism
University Of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Graduated cum laude

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA
Graduated magna cum laude

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Aging, Trauma, and the Life Course Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Trauma and Justice Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Child Trauma Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Early Intervention Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Family Systems Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma & Resilience Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifestyle Interventions for Trauma Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis Special Interest Group
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Office of Minority Health
  • Interprofessional Education Collaboration
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • National Adolescent Perpetration Network
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • American Psychology Association
  • Beta Mu Chapter of the Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • American Counseling Association Special Interests

Lara’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Clinical Supervisor / Clinical Director, August 2019 – Present
New Beginnings, Pottsville, PA

Orchestrate mental and behavioral health operations of 20-person clinic with ownership of regulatory compliance, process definition, insurance provider relations, and project management. Assess performance statistics and institute targeted approaches to performance enhancement. Steer staff engagement including hiring, development, training, and communication. Conduct daily, weekly, monthly, and annual planning and reporting. Steward multidisciplinary collaboration and champion positive work culture. Ensure compliance with accreditation standards, funding requirements, and licensing boards. Contribute to monthly peer review and quality improvement activities in coordination with Clinical Director.

  • Delivered 50% improvement to integrated mental and behavioral health care via evidence-based treatments informed by measurement-based treat-to-target approach.
  • Developed comprehensive data collection system to monitor patient population treatment response with valid outcome measures including PHQ-9 and recovery outcome surveys.
  • Leveraged clinician & group survey to monitor patient experiences and coordinated with healthcare providers and stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement.

Forensic Outpatient Therapist, May 2016 – September 2019
Pennsylvania Forensic Associates, Reading, PA

Provided individual, group, and family therapy for adult and adolescent sex offenders in collaboration with treatment team staff, probation/parole officers, juvenile probation officers, and children and youth case managers. Completed competency evaluations to identify individual deficits in adaptive functioning. Engaged with outer agency therapists to initialize reunification process between adolescent and adult offenders and their victims.

  • Led development of primary graduate student education program.
  • Recognized as peer mentor, trainer, and administrator within agency educational program.
  • Entrusted to provide clinical assessments of 100% of juveniles entering foster care program services.

Mental Health Coordinator, August 2004 – March 2010; December 2012 – May 2016
PrimeCare Medical, Inc, Harrisburg, PA

Streamlined coordination between medical department, facility psychiatrists, custody staff, and mental health agencies. Facilitated men’s and women’s mental health support groups and arranged appointments for psychiatrists. Developed treatment plans in accordance with leading best practice. Documented client progress and maintained confidentiality of health information in compliance with HIPAA. Provided one-on-one intervention and follow-up care for inmates suffering from mental health disorders and substance abuse.

  • Established first mental health program at Lehigh County Prison in 2004.

Team Leader, March 2010 – December 2012
Assertive Community Treatment, Philhaven, Lebanon, PA

Led multidisciplinary team of 12 nurses, Master level clinicians, social workers, psychiatrists, and administrative assistance to deliver mental health services. Trained and mentored team members on administrative best practice. Liaised between community resources including MH/MR, Department of Public Welfare, and Social Security. Cultivated positive relationships with team members and organizational partners.