National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


Michele Y. Peavy

Experience:

Advocate II-Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health

Services, Office of Human Rights. Provided individual advocacy services to persons enrolled with a Serious Mental Illness in the public Behavioral Health System. Reviewed Incident/Accident and Seclusion/Restraint reports for rights violations and systemic issues. Addressed problematic issues within the system in order to improve services. Filed grievances and appeals as needed. Provided mentoring to other advocates. Instructed individuals on using self-advocacy skills. 2007-present.

 Clinical Liaison/Program Manager – The Guidance Center. Flagstaff, AZ.
Outpatient case management of 75-100 clients with serious mental illness and various needs. Developed and enacted treatment plans and assessments. Assisted clients with accessing community resources and benefits. Provided individual and group therapy to clients. Direct supervision and management of eight staff members, including training and clinical supervision. 2002-2006

           

Owner – Xtreme Comics. Flagstaff, AZ.  Owned and operated retail business, including

all daily operations and the retention and supervision of three employees. Performed all administrative functions of business for two years. 2000-2002

 

Manager – Moonshadow Ranch. Flagstaff, AZ. Oversight and management of equine business including daily operations, care of 50 animals, supervision of employees and public relations between customers and business owner.

1998-1999

 

SMI Case Manager – The Guidance Center. Flagstaff, AZ. Outpatient case management of 40-60 adults with mental illness and various needs. Developed treatment plans and assisted clients with accessing community resources. 1995-1998

 

Instructor – Coconino Community College. Flagstaff, AZ.  Taught developmental psychology course.  Prepared and implemented course syllabus and structure. Lectured during class time and provided learning opportunities to students. Assisted students with accommodations as needed. 1995-1996

 

Group Home Manager – Tungland Corporation. Flagstaff, AZ. Residential care of adults with mental and physical disabilities. Supervised ten employees. Maintained home according to all applicable state standards. 1994-1995

 

Behavioral Health Technician II – Triple R Foundation. Mesa, Arizona. Provided outpatient care and support to adults with serious mental illness at their residence within the community. Provided individual and group therapy and assisted clients with daily living skills and accessing community resources.

1993-1994

 

Mental Health Worker – Aspen Hill Hospital. Flagstaff, AZ.  Provided client care on inpatient psychiatric unit, including individual and group counseling, physical interventions/restraints, and assistance with personal hygiene needs of clients.

1991-1992

Residential Counselor I – Wayland Family Centers. Phoenix, AZ. Responsible for           implementing individual treatment plans and maintaining an effective and safe           milieu in a residential setting on a daily basis. Worked with adolescent girls with a           variety of emotional handicaps. 1990-1991
 

Education:

Northern Arizona University,  Flagstaff, AZ       Master of Arts-Psychology                     1995

 

University of Illinois,  Urbana, IL                     Bachelor of Science                     1988

                                                                                    Major-Psychology

                                                                                    Minor-Spanish

Grants/Fellowships:

Graduate Assistantship - Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. Responsible for planning and conducting an experimental psychology laboratory. Instructed and assisted students in writing research reports and performing experiments. Supervised by Dr. Wayne Sjoberg. 1992-1993

Professional:
 

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) – The Guidance Center. Flagstaff, AZ. Reviewed staff satisfaction surveys and made recommendations to the board. Recognized outstanding employees and presented agency wide awards. Planned and presented company parties.

October 2003 to October 2004

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Task Force – The Guidance Center. Flagstaff, AZ. Involved in preparing program in DBT to comply with newly developed standards from NARBHA and DBHS. 2003

Professional Work:

          Pilot Project – The Guidance Center. Flagstaff, AZ. Developed and initiated research program to test effectiveness of recovery model of treatment. Project was funded by DBHS with state tax dollars awarded to TGC for participation and administration of programs. 2002-2003

         

          Principal Investigator, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. Research for graduate thesis in expectancy confirmation and disconfirmation process. Studying several factors in a multivariate design which may influence the outcome of an interaction between two people. 1993-1995

 

Co-Investigator, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. research with Dr. Ellen Sullins utilizing an individual’s nonverbal communication style as a perceptual salience manipulation and determining if it may lead to more attention paid to the individual and observer perceptions of increased responsibility and extreme judgments. 1992-1993

 

Assistant, University of Illinois. Urbana, IL. Research study of the physiology of hormonal influences on rat brains with Dr. Janice Juraska. 1987 (August-December)

 

          Data Coding, University of Illinois. Urbana, IL. Performed Q-sort coding of individuals engaged in a dyadic videotaped interaction for Dr. David Funder. 1987 (January-May)

 

          Publications:

 

Sullins, E.S., Newell, M.Y., Ruiz, E. & Accomando, C.M. (1993).  The effects of

nonverbal  expressiveness on selective attention.  Paper presented at the joint convention of Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations, Phoenix, Arizona, April 1993.

 Sullins, E.S., Newell, M.Y., Accomando, C.M., Ruiz, E. & Fisher, J. (1993). Nonverbal  expressiveness, social judgments, and causal attributions. Paper presented at the joint convention of Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations, Phoenix, Arizona, April 1993.

                Sullins, E.S., Newell, M.Y., Accomando, C.M., & Ruiz, E. (1993).  The effects of nonverbal expressiveness on selective attention and social perceptions.  Manuscript in preparation.

Presentations:

          Business presentations -several informal presentations to elementary teachers and students in their classrooms about how comic books can increase reading interest, awareness, and literacy. 2000-2002

         

          Street Team Promoter – BMG Music Company.  Developed presentations and promotional materials for publicizing rock band at local music stores. 1999-2002

 

American Psychological Association presentation of research papers “The Effects of Nonverbal Expressiveness on Selective Attention” and “Nonverbal expressiveness, social judgments, and causal attributions”. Presented at the joint conference of the Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations.  Phoenix, AZ.  April 1993

 

          Guest Lecturer, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. Prepared and performed lectures for Psychology 101 classes. 1992-1993

         

Memberships:

          Northern Arizona University Alumni Association

          Psi Chi member, National Honor Society in Psychology

          Society of Distinguished American High School Students

 

Awards and Honors:

          Graduated with distinction - Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. 1995

          Nominated to Psi Chi - Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. 1993

          Dean’s List – University of Illinois. Urbana, IL. Fall 1986 and Fall 1987

 

Volunteer Positions:

          Flagstaff Unified School District – Flagstaff, AZ. Assisted with chaperoning elementary school outings and with teaching specific units in classrooms (centers). Presented information about comic books and business ownership. 2000-2002

 

American Youth Soccer Organization – Flagstaff, AZ. Assisted with a variety of duties for soccer teams, including officiating and coaching. 2001-2003

 

Medicine Horse – Flagstaff, AZ. Assisted individuals with developmental and physical disabilities learn to safely ride horseback and care for horses. 1996-1998

 

Flagstaff Snowsharks – Flagstaff, AZ. Assisted with hosting swim meets and concessions. Helped organize fundraisers and events. 1999-2001

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