Janice Shomo, LMSW, CAS, LMT (Director of Operations and Clinical Therapist)
Janice Shomo is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kean University, in Sociology and Human Resource Management, graduating with honors. She completed her graduate work at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, NJ on the in-patient psychiatric unit in clinical social work from Fordham University in New York City where she received her Master’s Degree and a Certified Addiction Specialization Certification. Janice has worked in various mental health, domestic violence, opioid treatment and criminal justice facilities integrating her skills in DBT, CBT and Enhanced Motivational Therapy. Janice holds a specialization certification in Family and Children Therapy with post-graduate continuing education credits in Adolescent Addictions, Mental Health and HIV/AIDS.
Janice is working toward her LCSW licensure receiving individual and group Clinical Supervision from Polly Hart, LCSW, BCD who works at the Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Center.
Licensed Practical Nurse – LPN will monitor medication and behavior changes of the those residing at The Cottages in-house residency program, day program participants and for those residing in our independent living (male or female) housing. The LPN will report and document adverse reactions to medications or treatments. The LPN will also gather information from male or female participants in The Cottages’ program, including their health history, nutritional intake and how they are currently feeling. The LPN may use this information to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals, and share information with doctors and clinical team members to help determine the best course of care. The LPN will often teach family members how to care for a relative or train family and residents regarding healthy habits. The LPN’s primary role relates to medication management and documentation.
Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) – The Cottages on Mountain Creek uses Georgia trained peer advocates to work with our residents. The CPS’s incorporate WRAP techniques listed by National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD – WRAP WORKS!). This program has developed people who have experienced mental health challenges and sought ways to overcome the effects of the illness and medications. The results of this program have helped those living with mental illness to identify what techniques they can use as their own wellness tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness.