Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

Kimber Olson Resume'


307 East Northern Lights, Suite 201; PO Box 93338, Anchorage, Alaska 99509 ◆ Phone: 907­903­7880


Accomplished clinical social worker, trainer, consultant, and author with skill in leading situation­specific counseling and training sessions. Expertise in working with children and adults in crisis, who experience complex trauma, attachment difficulties, eating disorders and dissociation. Dedicated to providing exceptional care and devising creative treatment plans for children, adolescents, adults and families.


Director, Owner,
Private Psychotherapy, Consultation & Training Practice

Provide independent mental health assessments, psychotherapy, treatment planning, and coordination of services to individuals, couples, and families.
State and nationwide trainings and workshops presented on a variety of professional subjects upon request. Frequently facilitate over 20 professional trainings yearly, including training for community based providers in Alaska Native and First Nations communities for the healing of complicated sexual abuse.

Manage clinical supervision of MSW and LPC therapists and graduate students in need of licensure or continuing consultation.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 09/2009 to 01/2011
Providence Health System; Behavioral Medicine Group – Anchorage, Alaska

Facilitate individual, couples, family, and group therapy for mild to severe mental health issues to all age groups. Specializing in complicated trauma, sexual abuse treatment, and adolescent mental health.
Observed and monitored client behavior and responses to treatment.

Clinical Faculty, 01/2005 to 05/2005
Weber State University – Anchorage, Alaska

Provided learning opportunities, hands­ on supervised experience, and evaluation of bachelor's level RN students during a 25 hour mental health internship.
Fostered students' commitment to lifelong learning by connecting course materials to broader themes and current events.

Community Health Development Coordinator, 02/2002 to 02/2006
Chugachmiut Behavioral Health – Homer Field Office, Alaska

Responsible for direct mental health therapy and case management services to residents of two Alaska Native villages.
Worked closely with Tribal councils to develop specific goals and plan community based events designed to reduce mental health and social problems and promote self­ determination and self ­reliance.

Provided supportive, technical and supervision services to village based and itinerant providers.
Supervised substance abuse counselors and Community Health Aides.
Managed a large grant from the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) to address sexual abuse and sex offending from the three pronged approach of victim, community, and offender.
Weekly overnight travel to remote Alaska Native villages.

Adjunct Faculty, 01/2002 to 05/2006
Kenai Peninsula Community College – Homer, Alaska

Instructed bachelor level students in human services/social work classes.
Created curriculum, wrote syllabi, graded students on their performance, and interacted with other faculty. Monitored students' academic progress and referred students who were struggling to campus resources. Coached students on public speaking and presentation skills.

Clinician II, 09/2000 to 03/2002
South Peninsula Community Mental Health Center – Homer, Alaska

Provided short and long term individual, group, multi­family and family therapy in clinic and school based settings.
Play therapy techniques used included child centered non­-directive and directive therapies, sand tray therapy, art therapy techniques, and psychodrama.
Facilitated after ­hours emergency services on ­call, responding to the hospital, police and state troopers on a rotating seven day on/off schedule.
Supervised skills trainers, case managers, and master's level therapists.

Offered expert testimony for legal consultations and court hearings.

Clinical Therapist, 03/1999 to 09/2000
Providence Alaska Medical Center, Adolescent Residential Treatment Program – Anchorage, Alaska

Facilitated the delivery of individual, group, multi­family and family psychotherapy to teen girls in a long term psychiatric residential treatment setting.
Coordinated ongoing treatment and discharge planning with the client, her family, and other care providers to ensure adequate support upon discharge.

Established behavioral management plans and facilitated after­ hours crisis intervention. Provided HMO and First Health insurance reviews and gathered statistical data. Consulted with and trained highly skilled mental health and medical staff.

FASIT Program Therapist, 02/1997 to 06/1999
Southcentral Foundation Behavioral Health – Anchorage, Alaska

Creative delivery of systems­ based integrative therapeutic services to Alaska Native and American Indian girls aged 5­25 who had been sexually abused and who engaged in high risk intra­psychic and interpersonal behaviors. Provided hospital based sexual abuse evaluations and multi­modal psychotherapy with a strong cultural emphasis. Assisted in the development of a comprehensive treatment program for adolescent females who have offended sexually.
Assumed on­ call crisis coverage for the general adult and child population at the outpatient clinic site and at the Native hospital.

MSW Clinical Therapist Intern, 09/1996 to 05/1997
Alaska Children's Services Psychiatric Treatment Facility – Anchorage, Alaska

Facilitated cognitive ­behavioral individual, group, family, and milieu therapy within a psychiatric residential facility for the treatment of adolescents who had offended sexually.
After ­hours on ­call and crisis intervention, safety and risk management, relapse prevention, and service coordination.

Conducted psycho­educational and psychotherapeutic process groups.

Social Worker II, 09/1995 to 08/1996
Kawerak Child and Family Services – Nome, Alaska

Under contract with the State of Alaska, and in close cooperation with the Division of Family and Youth Services (currently OCS), served as a Tribal Social Worker to provide on-­going child protection services emphasizing cultural and traditional ties within the Bering Strait region.
Represented Kawerak in CINA court proceedings, coordinated multidisciplinary treatment teams, linked clientele to social services, and facilitated the emergency care and placement of children at imminent risk of harm. Extensive travel to remote villages in inclement weather.

Clinical Associate, 05/1995 to 09/1995
Southcentral Foundation Behavioral Health – Anchorage, Alaska

Intensive case management services including close networking and coordination with child protection services, psychiatric inpatient facilities, the police department, court systems, youth detention and rehabilitation center, and tribal entities to provide culturally therapeutic wrap-­around services to girls who had been sexually abused. Provided activity and group therapy, family support and psychoeducation.

Residential Treatment Counselor, 05/1995 to 09/1995
Alaska Women's Resource Center – Anchorage, Alaska

Program and residential supervision of adult female clientele.
Provided group counseling and direct monitoring of medication, daily routine, and childcare for women striving to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Crisis intervention, therapeutic milieu and mediation management provided.
Taught relapse prevention and social skills building.

BSW Clinical Intern, 09/1994 to 05/1995
Southcentral Foundation, Behavioral Health – Anchorage, Alaska

Conducted individual, child, adolescent, and adult counseling, women's self esteem and chemical dependency groups, as well as prison ­based talking circles and other traditional healing services under the direction of seasoned healers.
Facilitated intake assessments, treatment and discharge planning, and coordination of services.

Co­-facilitated the "Young Warriors"; an activity based therapeutic group, and assisted in the development and implementation of a two ­week cultural camp for youth.

Family Advocate, 09/1992 to 09/1994
Kid's Corp. Inc Head Start – Anchorage, Alaska

Assisted families in utilizing their strengths and promoting their abilities through home­ based, community, and school based social services advocacy.
Provided brokerage, psycho-education, referrals, and support group services to high­ risk preschool aged students and their families.

Conducted needs assessments, consultation with teachers, and program development.

Activity Therapist, 01/1990 to 05/1995

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Center – Homer, Alaska
Assisted parents with intensive supervision and rehabilitation services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses, FAE/FAS, sexual offending problems, and HIV/AIDS.
Taught social and living skills, self care and provided supportive interventions.
Established a structured learning environment, facilitated relapse prevention services, and traveled to outlying village to deliver home based family services.


National Association of Social Workers
International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation
Association for Play Therapy
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Clinical Member ATTACh Clinical Membership


LCSW, Board Certified
Alaska State Approved Counselor Supervisor
Internal Family Systems Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trained, level I EMDR and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing trained, level II
Play and Filial Therapy trained
Advanced Ethics Certification


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