Prisca D. Hefti

Prisca Hefti
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Prisca D. Hefti's Biography

Type Of Business:
Nonprofit Organization
Marketing Area:
National
Expertise:
Ms. Hefti's expertise includes the evaluation of mental health issues in children ages 2 to 18, cerebral palsy research, case management, community integration development, training staff, and performing sensitivity analysis in diagnosing children's individual special needs.
Major Product/SVS:
Screening for Children with Mental Health Issues
Hobbies/Sports:
Reading, Running
Education Degrees:
Pursuing Master of Social Work, Fordham University; Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York; Fordham University, Bronx, NY (2004); Morris County Community College, Morris, NJ (2003); Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, Oxford Brookes University (2002); British Equivalency to High School Diploma, St. Edmund’s College, Ware, England
Affiliations Awards:
National Association Of Social Workers
Place of Birth:
Germany
Work History:
Screener, Astor Home for Children; Social Worker, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (2008); Case Manager, Goodwin and Associates (2007-2008); Case Manager, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (2003-2007); Teacher’s Aide, Whiton Elementary School, Branchburg, NJ (2002-2003); Direct Support Specialist, ARC of Hunterdon County (2001-2002)
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of her career was being instrumental in helping a young child walk and speak.
Charity:
Broome’s End Nursing Home; Camp Hope & Life (2005); Kids Enjoy Exercise Now Foundation, NY (2001-2002); St. Elizabeth’s School and Home (1998-1999); St. Hugh’s Primary School (1998-1999); Teacher, Infant Swimming, St Hugh’s Primary School (1998-1999)
Number Of Years In Profession:
21
Number Of Years In Current Position:
10
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her determination and to the support she receives from her family, friends and colleagues.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession after growing up with a close friend who was a disabled as a child.
Extended Bio Profile:
Ms. Hefti wrote a book entitled 'A Journey to a Hand-Over-Hand Guide of Disabilities,' a book of practical ways to work with different syndromes and disabilities. She also created a guide book entitled 'A Step to Sensory Integration' and was involved in creating a film on consumer sensitivity for staff trainings entitled 'Wake Up Call.'

Ms. Hefti is fluent in German and English, speaks conversational Italian, and has some knowledge of French. After moving to the United States, she still remains close to her family overseas as well as in the United States.

As she grew older she began to expand her horizons by volunteering at a school for disabled children, and gradually decided to work with within this profession. This was partially due to her own fascination with their desire to be seen the same as other children and not disabled, and partially because she wanted to help. From there she trained as a nurse in the United Kingdom and spent half of her time working in different settings with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. The experiences she gained lead her to seek a position in the United States where she could do doing similar work.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Making Recommendations for Care and Follow-Up, Preparing Reports, Interacting with Families
Education Certifications:
Certified Teacher for the Handicapped, State of New Jersey; Training in CPR and First Aid
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Ms. Hefti intends to work with children or adults with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and developmental disability. In essence, she is looking for a challenge.
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