Clinical Coordinator of Resource Track – Chicago
Ms. Birnbaum has always been passionate about helping and empowering others. Throughout her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and time in graduate school at Loyola University, Ms. Birnbaum gained valuable experience working with all ages in a variety of settings. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ms. Birnbaum provided social, emotional and academic support to first generation college students, coaching them on study habits, time management, and life skills. In addition, Ms. Birnbaum gained experience working with adults on a 24/7 crisis hotline. Ms. Birnbaum was also involved in an aftercare program supporting ex-offenders with job placement, affordable housing options and daily frustrations. Each of these experiences illustrated the importance of community support as individuals pursue jobs, volunteer work and education. As a Resource Specialist, Ms. Birnbaum aims to connect clients to community resources and add both structure and meaning to their daily routine.
Ms. Birnbaum graduated from Loyola University with a Masters in Social Work, Type 73 School Social Work Certification and a Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC). Since moving back to Chicago, Ms. Birnbaum has spent many summers working at Hands Together Heart to Art, a grief camp geared towards children who experienced the loss of a parent. In addition, Ms. Birnbaum has had the opportunity to work at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), Glenbrook North High School and Oak Park River Forest High School. Ms. Birnbaum is committed to meeting her clients where they are at, teach them skills to cope with daily stress and help them pursue their goals and dreams.