Tracey Golden, LPC

Tracey Golden is a client-focused counseling professional with a depth of hands-on experience working with diverse populations in agency, clinical and industry settings. Tracey is an intuitive and approachable individual, possessing an innate ability to gain trust and build rapport with clientele as she facilitates supportive and nonjudgmental sessions.

From her work with civilian and military members in Haiti, as a member of the United Nations Military Staff, to her work with sexual assault survivors, through Lutheran Social Services, Tracey demonstrates a passion for people and a mission of empowerment.

In addition to her work with D & S Healing Center, Tracey currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Department of Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Clinical and Leadership Experience

Master of Science – Community Psychology, 2014 | ALVERNO COLLEGE, Milwaukee, WI
Bachelor of Arts – Journalism, 1992 | UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON, Madison, WI
Public Affairs Qualification Course, 2003 | DEFENSE INFORMATION SCHOOL, Fort Meade, M.

Counseling Intern
Provided counseling services to male and female sexual assault survivors across life span, using a trauma-informed approach to address clients’ unique circumstances., Completed comprehensive initial assessments to help define treatment plans customized for clients. , Scheduled and conducted weekly individual, group, and family therapy sessions for clients with different needs and therapeutic goals., Participated and contributed to the FAST program, which offers family-strengthening and parent involvement programs to help children succeed in school and in life.

Professional Development & Training
From Violence and Destruction to Resilience and Rebuilding, May 2014
Trauma Counseling, Spring 2014 | The Legacy of Trauma and Treatment, October 2013
Working with the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), September 2013
Family Engagement, September 2013 | Individual Appraisal, Assessment, and Intervention, Spring 2013

Workshop Facilitator
Spearheaded curriculum design and development of etiquette workshops for women with limited social skills training who aged out of the foster care system to empower participants to better integrate themselves into mainstream society. Presented workshops in areas such as dining etiquette and brought the lesson to life by accompanying participants to dinner and theater, bolstering their confidence and preparing them for new experiences, Motivated and taught skills to facilitate self-esteem, such as budgeting, job searches, and mock interviews, Solicited and collected upscale clothing donations from professional and personal contacts to provide fashionable clothing options for the participants.

Employment Workshop Facilitator
Assisted workshop participants to develop job search strategies, set employment goals, and analyze strengths and weaknesses. Facilitated participant discussions to understand challenges to employment and offer viable solutions, Created a safe and accepting environment to build trust and allow participants to brainstorm action steps that lead to positive outcomes.

Professional Experience

Director, Employment Assistance Program
Recruited to accept leadership of the Milwaukee Urban League Employment Assistance Program and play a key role in the development, implementation, and management of the program.

  • Redesigned and revitalized employment workshops to create an interactive learning experience for program participants and give them tools to use in their job search.

  • Fostered and leveraged employer partnerships to facilitate participant placements.

  • Empowered team in the launch of a new program to assist participants in driver’s license reinstatement.  

Military Experience
Public Affairs Officer | Captain (2002–2009)
Selected as a US Army Reserve Public Affairs Officer to facilitate flow of accurate and timely information to stakeholders and contributed to overall execution of strategic public relations globally and in the United States.

  • Trained soldiers and military family members on media interaction and interview best practices.

  • Chosen as sole female information advisor to Commander, United Nations Haiti Stabilization Mission.

  • In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tracked and responded to media inquiries for the Joint Task Force Operations.

  • While stationed in Iraq, created daily summary reports for U.S. Military Observation Group – Washington.