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UWGC (BOOST)- Professional Development Seminar

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United Way of Greenville County

105 Edinburgh Court

Greenville, SC 29607

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Join us as we kick off our 2018 monthly professional development series on Monday February 26th at 9 a.m. This month we will feature TJ Rumler, MSW, LMSW, and Rosa Gonzalez, MSW, LMSW, from Greenville County Schools as they present on "Mindfulness, Self-Care, and the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) program."

This event is open to all agencies associated with our school readiness and high school graduation initiatives. Please feel free to send anyone from your organization who may benefit from this opportunity. For any questions, please reach out to Suzanne Gardner, Partner Relations Manager, at 864-467-2606 or sgardner@unitedwaygc.org.


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No sane person chooses the field of social work—there’s always pain behind the passion for the profession. TJ Rumler grew up on the mean streets of Greenville, SC, seeing first-hand the impacts of poverty, addiction, racism, and gentrification across the socioeconomic spectrum. Two weeks after 9/11, he enlisted in the US Army. Deploying to Iraq allowed TJ to experience how difficult combat is on soldiers and their families, as well as many failures along the journey towards successful treatment of PTSD and moral injury. With encouragement from friends and family, TJ left a successful sales career and went back to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Since entering the social work field, he has served fellow Veterans, chronically homeless individuals, individuals with HIV/AIDS, children with extreme behavioral and mental health conditions, and currently serves the students and families of Greenville County through his role with Greenville County Schools. When his social work cape is in the closet, TJ enjoys writing, cycling, hot yoga, traveling, and chasing great concerts. He believes in the saying, “life is short—buy the tickets.”

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Rosa Gonzalez received her undergraduate degree form SUNY Regents College and her Graduate Degree (MSW) from SUNY Stonybrook, School of Social Welfare. Rosa also received a certification in Addictive Behaviors from South Oak Institute of Addictive Behaviors an intensive One year Training Program located in Amityville, New York. Rosa has been working in the field of Social Work for the past 30 years. Her practice has included family counseling, inpatient and outpatient addiction counseling, marriage and individual counseling, with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse. Her experience has always been with a diverse population culturally and socially.

Rosa is Lead Social Worker for Greenville County Schools. She has been employed at the district for 17 years. She is the Clinical Director of O.P.E.R.A./ Centro de Familia, A violence prevention program for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse for the past 11 years. Classes are also provided for parents of children who have been identified as abused or neglected. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and English- to meet the need of the client’s language. She is licensed in South Carolina as an L.M.S.W, Roster as a Trauma Focus –Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and a Master Trainer for ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). She is a much sought after speaker in the community on issues dealing with parenting, marriage, education, health care issues, domestic violence, victims of sexual abuse/assault and Hispanic culture.

Rosa has been married for 36 years to Nelson Eddie and has three children Jonathan, who works full time for UPS, as a Security Specialist while attending college. Evan and Jessica- both attend college.

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