Julie's Resume

Julie Taylor Shematz, MA, RMHCI 

EDUCATION Master of Arts Degree, Mental Health Counseling, 2013, 4.0 GPA

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 2001

Emphasis in Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics

Indiana University/Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Art Education K-12, Fine Arts and Visual Communication Design, Minor in Learning Disabilities

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1984-1985, 1992-1996

Cosmetology Degree, 1985, Lafayette Beauty Academy, Lafayette, IN 




2005 – present         Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries, Inc. Tampa, FL


•  20+ years working with victims of abuse and exploitation

•  Strategic outreach, advocacy, and community collaboration

•  Development and implementation of over 30 programs and services to over 1000 survivors 

•  Event, fund raising, and volunteer coordination

•  Program and curriculum development 

•  Speaker, educator, trainer, consultant (list available)

•  Non-profit and 501(c) 3 administrative management

•  Grant writer: Awarded 2010 Department of Health and Human Services Capacity Building Grant

•  Website and social networking development and maintenance

•  Mental health clinician specializing in equine assisted therapy and learning

September 2016 - February 2017 G4S Youth Services, LLC Tampa Bay Area, FL

Clinical Mental Health Therapist

•  Developed youth needs assessment and psychosocial history to formulate treatment plan 

•  Prioritized treatment plan to focus on youth mental health and substance abuse issues, ensuring monthly updates reflecting progress

•  Completed documentation related to individual, group, and family sessions that are provided to the youth, as well as, monthly progress updates related to mental health services

•  Provided individual, group and family therapy

•  Coordinated and implemented behavioral health programming associated with the treatment plan and with the recipient’s performance plan

•  Trained direct care staff in the implementation of the individualized treatment plan for behavioral health overlay services

•  Monitored the overall course of treatment services and observing and documenting direct care staff’s implementation of the recipient’s individualized treatment plan

•  Convened treatment team meetings as scheduled or as needed to discuss behavioral health overlay services

•  Developed the recipient’s behavioral health discharge plan and aftercare plan

•  Served as a liaison with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the district or regional Substance Abuse and Mental Health program office, and the district Child Welfare and Community Based Care program office, if indicated

•  Attended regular treatment team meetings to provide therapists perspective to total case management of the resident by reading and discussing written progress notes from charts and communicating any state or local agency legal requirement for case management with the interdisciplinary team.  Monitors overall course of treatment services

•  Conducted educational and other didactic groups for resident and family members

•  Made electronic entries to resident charges describing therapy performed, progress in discharge planning process, and/or other interventions

•  Reported incidents of suspected abuse using prescribed forms and protocols from the relevant community/state agencies

•  Conducted substance intervention and education groups


December  2013 – August 2016       The Salvation Army                 Tampa, FL

Director of Social Services and Interim Shelter Director

•  Directed all social service functions in a continuum of care from crisis aid through case management and counseling programs to transitional and permanent housing

•  Responsible for administration and clinical oversight for seven programs with 239 beds (adult men and women's emergency shelter, emergency human trafficking shelter for women, human trafficking adult men's emergency shelter, women's transitional, single women with children transitional, men's transitional, veterans, recuperative care and homeless prevention/family services)

•  Development and oversight of Social Work, Mental Health, and Nursing Internship Programs 

•  Development of The Salvation Army’s first approved Anti-Trafficking Emergency Shelter in the Southern Territory and the state of Florida

•  Program and staff development, implementation, and oversight (30+ staff)

•  Policy and procedures, budget preparation/management

•  Grant writer:  Awarded over $5,000,000 from federal, county, city, internal, and private foundations

•  Contract compliance and outcome evaluation

•  Nutrition, kitchen, and food donations oversight 

•  Community collaboration

•  Development and maintenance of sustainable performance measures for programs and individuals

•  Evaluations rated outstanding and exceeds expectations


January 2013 – April 2013    Eye of a Horse Equine Education Center St. Cloud, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University Intern in Mental Health Counseling Program

•  Assist clients through equine psychotherapy, equine therapy and equine assisted learning

•  Individual, group and couples treatment for autism, Asperger’s, Sexual Trauma, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, and Adjustment, Borderline Personality, Conduct, and Bipolar Disorders

May 2011 – May 2012 The Salvation Army Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University Intern in Mental Health Counseling Program

•  Assist clients dealing with homelessness, addictions and substance abuse, family, parenting, and marital problems, crisis management, problems with self esteem, and issues related with mental and emotional health

•  Counsel clients individually to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes

•  Assessment and development of treatment plans

•  Evaluate effectiveness of clients’ progress in resolving problems and moving towards defined objectives

•  Referral to community resources or to specialists 

•  Development of response protocols and services for victims of human trafficking

•  Outstanding supervision evaluation 

•  Populaces: Family Unit, Cross Roads Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Department of Corrections, and Human Trafficking


•  20 years bookkeeping experience 

•  20 years experience providing services to the homeless and poor

•  10 years experience providing services in residential programs

•  Artist and Art Instructor: Fine art production, all age and skill levels 

•  Athlete: Purdue University Women’s Track Team 

•  Coach: High School Varsity coed track, swimming and diving

•  Computer literacy in Apple and PC hardware and software, including graphic design and video editing

•  Mentor/tutor 

•  Physical and nutritional trainer

•  School (county and university) bus driver


•  Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, IMH15416

•  Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 

•  First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Artificial Electronic Defibrillator (AED) & Protective Action Response (PAR)

•  Ordained Minister, Word of Life Ministries

•  FAAST (Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking) Hands that Heal Caregivers Trainer of Trainers 

•  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and Horsemanship Skills


•  2014 Recipient of MAKERS:  Women Leaving a Legacy Award

•  2012 Graduate Student of the Year Nominee

•  2012 P.E.O Sisterhood Scholarship Recipient

•  2011 Mensa International Scholarship Recipient 

•  Golden Key International Honor Society

•  Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International

•  Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling Program Advisory Board

•  National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi

•  Southwest Florida Regional and Clearwater / Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Coalitions

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