Kareem has amassed over 13 years of experience working in the mental health field as well as the nursing home environment. Kareem worked as a nursing assistant for two years at Manor Care Nursing Home until 2008 when she gained employment at Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center as a Case aide and later a Residential Counselor, and Youth Case Manager. Throughout her time at Aunt Martha’s, Kareem implemented behavioral management techniques that were instrumental to the organization. Kareem also has volunteer experience through Chicago State University’s Service Learning Internship in 2014. Most recently, Kareem has been a Benefits & Entitlement Health HIV Specialist for Heartland Alliance since 2014. In this role, Kareem has become highly experienced with servicing members of the under-served populations, i.e. homeless, refugees, immigrants and HIV/AIDS patients.
Throughout her career, Kareem has become well versed in behavioral and health care plans, laws, regulations and privacy practices on mental health, and developing training materials. Additionally, Kareem has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in several specialties such as: group psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, play therapy, childhood trauma, and teen issues.
At an early age, I discovered my passion of providing guidance and care to individuals, particularly children, teens, and young adults that are facing mental/emotional health and drug addiction challenges. I have experienced firsthand the struggle of family members who suffered from substance abuse, as well as teens and young adults in my community being afflicted. As a child, I always sought a safe space to express my emotions, struggles, and concerns; therefore, I have made it my life’s work to become that safe space for others.
When I am not providing that care to patients, I thoroughly enjoy event planning for family and friends. Creating beautiful events and decorations is a way that I show appreciation to loved ones. I also enjoy cooking delicious meals and traveling. I greatly enjoy visiting new places and learning about their history and culture as often as possible. Aside from the valuable time spent with my family, I spend time on other hobbies such as arts and crafts, reading, and decorating my home.