Last updated: May 10, 2006
Dr. Giordano was an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, Sarasota Campus and a management and an organizational improvement consultant with Enrichment Systems. He held advance degrees in Administration and Leadership, Administrative Social Work and Gerontology. He taught courses pertaining to Management, Administration, Policy, Human Behavior and Organizational Development.
Dr. Giordano consulted in the areas of organizational improvement, organizational development, policy and procedures, human resources, planning, customer relations, marketing and selected technical areas. He had experience consulting with long term care, residential care for the elderly, manufacturing companies, hospitals, health clinics, mental health centers, educational programs, and independent practitioners in medicine and law. Among the organizations with whom he had worked are Beverly Corporation, Minneapolis Honeywell, Genesis ElderCare, Plymouth Harbor, Community Health Centers, Cities of Rome, GA, Tampa, FL, Clearwater, FL, Bradenton, FL, Northport, FL, Ringling School of Art and Design, the U.S. Public Health Service, and PACE Center for Girls. He provided training and coaching to consultants of several groups. He was known as the consultants' consultant.
Prior to his current appointment, he held a research and consulting position with the Florida Mental Health Institute. For five years, he was a professor at the University of Georgia where he taught graduate courses and Chaired a Department. He also was Assistant Professor and consultant to the President of Floyd College in Rome, Georgia. His executive experience with community organizations includes Administrator of the Volusia County Juvenile Court, the Executive Director of Volusia County Mental Health Association and Associate Director of the Volusia County (Daytona Beach) Mental Health Center. He was president and co-owner of Systems Management and Research Technology (SMART), a consulting firm.
Dr. Giordano had been involved in research studies on organization behavior, interpersonal skills, mental health, alcoholism, family dynamics, planning for later life and the development of innovative instruction. He had over 20 publications. He is recently completed an article and a book on the administration of organizations that serve the elderly and an article on organizational consulting.
He was a member of The Association of Training and Development, The Gerontological Society of America, The National Association of Social Workers, and Carson Learning Company's Performax Consulting Group. Dr. Giordano was actively involved in the Sarasota/Bradenton community holding board membership and leadership positions with The Pines (Long-term care), The Pines Foundation, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and the Sarasota Sister Cities Association.
Dr. Giordano is a licensed clinical social worker with 27 years of experience who delivers mental health services to individuals in skilled nursing, extended care, adult congregate living or other facilities. She holds advanced degrees in Social Work with a clinical speciality, and Family Development with an emphasis in Gerontology. Dr. Giordano currently has a private practice and is the President of and Senior Clinician for Enrichment Systems.
As a principal of Enrichment Systems she provides psychotherapy to the resident and the entire family if needed and works in cooperation with the multi-disciplinary treatment team that include doctors, nurses, social service workers, physical and occupational therapists. She conducts diagnostic assessments, develops treatment plans in conjunction with the resident's Care Plan and provides weekly therapy session progress notes. All documentation corresponds with the required guidelines of Medicare. She also consults with the treatment team members and administrative staff and is on- call to meet the mental health needs of the residents.
Previously, for 5 years, she was a member of a group private practice with psychologists, a psychiatrist, and social workers. She has been administrator of an in-patient psychiatric program, and director of out-patient services for a mental health center. She was Director of Training and Consultation for a Department of Family Studies of Florida Mental Health Institute and an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Dr. Giordano has taught courses in Family, Gerontology, Death and Dying, Social Work Skills, Crisis Intervention, Abnormal Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Psychiatric Social Work and Medical Social Work. She has also held the positions as a director of a substance abuse program, a medical social worker, an adoption social worker, and an administrative position in a Mental Retardation program.
She is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, The National Association of Social Workers, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member of Sarasota Memorial's Medical Staff of Allied Mental Health Professionals where she is chairperson of the Quality Improvement Committee. Dr. Giordano has designed and presented thirty-five workshops and seminars in all aspects of the human experience from birth to death. Her research has been conducted in the area of elder abuse, and communication. She has three professional publications.
Dr. Giordano was married to Jeffrey A. Giordano, Ph.D. ACSW, ( deceased) Associate Professor of Social Work and Gerontology and the mother of two grown children. She enjoys gardening, home decorating, reading, doll collecting and playing on the Internet.