Kari A. Halvorson, MS, RMT, LPCC
Boulder, CO ● Kari@AwakeningToThrive.com ● 503-475-5759
Master’s of Science in Health and Human Development in the Mental Health Counseling Track; graduated May 2013
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; Graduated May 2011
Carroll College, Helena, Montana
Naropa Psychotherapist Extern
Wellness Director at Mountains’ Edge Fitness, Boulder, CO (Fall 2013-Summer 2014)
- Created from the ground up a successful Wellness Department. Hired, administered, and directed a team of massage therapists. Implemented succinct protocols for scheduling, payment, communication, and marketing. Developed pathways of communications between various departments within the gym. Actively saw a full caseload of clients within personal practice of Awakening To Thrive. Facilitated mindfulness series and meditation classes.
Office Manager at Rocky Mountain Natural Medicine, Hamilton, MT (Summer 2013)
- Developed shipment, inventory, scheduling, and billing protocols; administered public relations and marketing; created and wrote holistic health publications and helped renovate the business structure. Proficient in QuickBooks, Microsoft, Excel, Publisher, prioritizing, phone call etiquette, details, and customer service. Currently provide weekly phone consults of medical intuitive work and about how the clinic may continue to increase revenue.
Intern at the Counseling and Psychological Services, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)
- Actively functioned as an integral team staff member. Duties included: counseled about 10 clients weekly; administered intakes; processed notes and paperwork; participated in bi-weekly training seminars, which includes topics on: crisis intervention, ethics, multicultural counseling, counseling the LGBTQ community, motivational interviewing, outreach, and couples therapy; co-facilitated a weekly mindfulness counseling group (MBSR) that used yoga, qi-gong, meditation, and processing to aid students in relaxation and stress management; energetically participated in bi-weekly individual and group supervisions and integrated feedback into my work with clients; and provided outreach programming to the MSU student body.
Practicum at the Human Development Clinic, Bozeman, MT (Spring and Summer 2012)
- Provided cost-effective counseling services at this training facility. Counseled about 6-10 clients weekly, and administered intakes and timely documented charts (i.e. progress notes, treatment plans, termination paperwork, etc.) Received weekly supervision and integrated feedback into my counseling practice. Trained in and co-facilitated Parenting Through Divorce workshops.
Independent Living Project Specialist, Bozeman, MT (2011-2012)
- Worked in a self-directed manner to implement mental health services within this agency. Created and administered weekly counseling groups, hosted healthy eating workshops, hosted peer game nights, and facilitated Living Well workshops. Networked with local mental health professionals and agencies to promote more mental health services to the consumers.
- Worked with a local counselor to provide crisis interventions, group counseling sessions, and supervision.
- Administered grant writing and applications, as well as, wrote monthly reports.
- Trained and supervised peer advocates, who aided other consumers in various modes; such as: laundry, meal planning, driving, and becoming trained in and then facilitating Living Wellworkshops. The goal was to create peer sustainability and efficiency for people with disabilities.
- Co-founded new office branch in White Sulpher Springs. Required research, team building, recruitment, and networking.
- Planned and hosted outreach and educational presentations in the community.
Grader, Montana State University Health and Human Department, Bozeman, MT (Summer 2011-Spring 2013)
- Graded papers and assignments for the students in the Lifespan of Human Development and Drugs and Society Courses; maintained tracking of grades and assignments, and provided feedback to students.
Tutor, Carroll College Psychology Department, Helena, MT (2009-2011)
- Provided weekly one-on-one and group tutoring sessions for the college students enrolled in the General Psychology course; supplemented lab work by developing helpful resources and lessons.
Campus Compact Americorps Member: Served a 300 hour term in Hospice through Saint Peter’s Hospital, Helena, MT. (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
- Provided emotional, social, and educational support to hospice patients, families, and the community by spending one-on-one time, organizing the resource library that includes information on death, dying, and grieving, and participating in the “Lite of Life Festival” to emotionally support families and to create community awareness.
- Assisted other Campus Compact Members with their site projects, such as set up displays at the Exploration Works to help educate Helena’s youth about the sciences, collected canned food and donations and led a fundraiser for the Food Bank, participated in the Tree Festival forIntermountain Children’s’ Home, painted rooms in the YWCA, and advocated for local and sustainable foods by working with local farmers, retailers, and ranchers to hold community dinners and forums.
Campus Compact Americorps Member: Served a 450 hour term at Montana Independent Living Project, Helena, MT. (Fall 2009-Spring 2010)
- Created the Peer Advocate Training Program and conducted trainings on Living Well, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and independent living. The goal was to train peers to provide people with disabilities support to live more independently.
- Assisted other Campus Compact Members with their site projects, such as volunteered with Carroll’s recycling program, helped to create a campus co-op green-house, led fundraising events for Big Brothers and Sisters, collected canned food for the Food Bank, and painted rooms in theYWCA.
Studied Abroad in India, (Summer 2010)
- Learned from the Tibetans in exile, including children, monks and nuns, ex-political prisoners, and governmental officials. Provided non-professional therapeutic service; used doll-making with children as means of coping with PTSD; provided emotional and social support to people dealing with the hardships of living in exile.
- Immersed in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures; learned about the arts of spirituality, religion, and mindfulness.
- On return to campus, worked with the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation to advocate for awareness about Tibetan issues; hosted campus-wide forums and showed a series of documentaries (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
- Trained, Attuned and Certified Reiki Master (Spring 2015)
- Attuned Reiki Practitioner (Fall 2013)
- Member of Chi Sigma Iota honor’s society in recognition of scholastic and professional excellence (Winter 2013)
- Certified Living Well Facilitator from The Living with a Disability in Missoula, MT (Fall 2011)
- Dean’s List all semesters; grade point average of 3.9 (Fall 2007-Spring 2013)
- Completed the Honor’s Scholars Program (Spring 2011)
- Recipient of the Raymond G. Hunthausen Outstanding Collegiate Citizenship Award for 2011
- Selected for membership in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology (Spring 2010)
- Certified in hospice volunteer work by Saint Peter’s Hospital in Helena, MT (Spring 2009)
- Certified by National Institute of Health in “Protecting Human Research Participants” (Fall 2009)
- Managing Distress as a Violence Prevention Strategy; published article by The Violence Prevention Agency (Spring 2014)
- The Optimal Health Regimen; a manual for a doctor’s clinic that covers research on holistic health including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and meditation (Summer 2013)
- Comprehensive Evaluation; a case conceptualization that was an evaluation for graduation with master’s (Spring 2013)
- Conflict Management for Couples Module; a psycho-educational workshop (Fall 2012)
- Group Counseling for People with Disabilities; an interpersonal process group (Fall 2011)
- Honor’s Thesis on mindfulness: An Analysis of Perceptual Awareness (Spring 2011)
- Created, administered, and analyzed a qualitative pre and post test on The Effects of Visual Meditation on Life Satisfaction (Fall 2009)
- Member of Safe Zone; an organization that promotes allies for the LGBTQ community (Fall 2012-Current)
- Active member of Active Minds Club; a club that promotes mental health awareness and di-stigmatization (2011-Spring 2013)
- Member of American Counseling Association (2011-present)
- Tutored undergraduate students studying basic counseling skills (October 2012)
- Active member of the 5 Rhythms Dance Club at Montana State University (2012-2013)
- Attended biannual Americorps’ leadership and community building conferences and trainings (2009-2011)
- Active member of Psychology Club; including fundraising, awareness building about mental health, attended The Rocky Mountain Psychology Conference and live presentation by Albert Bandura, and toured Warm Springs Mental Hospital (2009-2011)
- Recruited prospective Carroll College students by assisting in Q & A’s (2007-2010)
- Attended The Real Food Conference to learn about the importance of nutritional, local, and organic eating, as well as how to gain community involvement, and to create co-op gardens, Missoula, MT (Spring 2010)
- Taught first and second graders at the Broadwater Elementary in Helena, MT about viruses and bacteria (Fall 2007)
- Holistic Health-enjoy lyrical and ecstatic dancing, conscientious eating, hiking, painting, yoga, meditation, qi-gong, and learning about spirituality
- Choreographed, danced and acted in the Carroll College school musical (Fall 2007)
Additional Work Experience:
- Caterer’s Assistant at Dalton’s Catering, Tigard, OR (2006-2013, during school breaks and summers)
- Work Study in the Human Resources Department of Carroll College (Fall 2009)
- Server at Macaroni Grill, Helena, MT and Tigard, OR (Fall 2008-Winter 2009 and Summer 2009)
- Host at McCormick and Smicks, Tigard, OR (Summer 2007)
- Sales Associate at Talbots, Tigard, OR (2006-2007)