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Clinical Skills
  • Utilize Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindful Meditation with clients.
  • Facilitated long-term support groups for adolescents and young adults with a variety of topics including LGBTQ, meditation & mindfulness, anxiety, psychotherapy, pregnancy, self-esteem, and grief & loss.
  • Provided individual therapeutic services to adolescents and young adults for a variety of issues, including teen survivors, gender identity, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
  • Evaluated and formulated appropriate DSM-IV treatment plans for clients.
  • Conducted crisis intervention with suicidal clients.
  • Provided discharge planning for clients with individualized resource and referral lists.
Medical Social Work
  • Provided patients, families, and caregivers with detailed medical information.
  • Assisted patients through crisis, delivering cancer information and working with families through grief & loss.
  • Assisted patients and families to develop short-term financial plans and connect to appropriate resources.
  • Mentored new Cancer Information Specialists to ease the transition from training to active call taking.
  • Supported clients living with HIV/AIDS, including finding financial assistance resources, medical referrals, and psychological assessments for clients.
  • Created, organized, and administered a school-wide health fair for 300 students.
Administrative & Communicatin Skills
  • Educated schools and community organizations about working with LGBTQ young adults.
  • Created curriculum for young adults and Being An Ally trainings for two years.
  • Created, designed and implemented public relations media including websites for several non-profits.
  • Developed & presented educational series for practitioners related to HIV & the transgender community.
  • Over six years' experience as an agency spokesperson for various non-profits, conducting community outreach regarding agency initiatives and fundraising.
  • Evaluated outcome studies to aid in the application of a national housing grant for HIV patients.
Work Experience
Community Violence Prevention Program
Chicago, IL
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Circulation Manager & Assistant Housing Manager
Chicago, IL
American Cancer Society
Cancer Information Specialist
Austin, Texas
Spiritual Pride Project
Curriculum Planner / Facilitator
La Grange, TX
Out Youth
Intern Social Worker
Austin, TX
American Youth Works
Intern Social Worker
Austin, TX
AIDS Services of Austin
Intern Case Manager
Austin, Texas
The Gender and Sexuality Center
Intern Research and Graphic Designer
Austin, Texas
Trainings Attended
Student Ethics and Leadership Conference
LBJ School of Public Affairs and Center for Ethical Leadership, one week, 2005

Training Processes in Intergroup Dialogue (related to Social Justice Issues)
University of Texas at Austin, weekly for ten months, 2004-2005
Publish Materials

Horak, O. (2006, September 9). Do you have to come out to God?: Exploring Christianity and Homosexuality. The Gender and Sexuality Center: Austin, Texas.

Horak, O. (2006, August 1). The Women's Way. The Gender and Sexuality Center: Austin, Texas.

Invited Presentations

Horak, O. (2014, March 5). Understand the LGBTQ Alphabet, Pastoral Care, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: Chicago, IL.

Horak, O. (2013, March 4). Pastoral Care with LGBTQ Couples, Pastoral Care, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: Chicago, IL.

Horak, O. (2012, February 25). Caring for Youth, ReconcilingWorks: San Marcos, Texas.

Horak, O. (2009, July 14). Interprofessional Case Analysis: Social work specific information additions as part of the Interprofessional Case Event Series, Loss and Grief, University of Texas: Austin, Texas.

Horak, O. (2005, December 29-30). What does it mean to be 'Reconciling in Christ?'. Lutheran Student Movement National Convention: San Diego, California.

Horak, O. (2005, November 22). Heterosexism, who is affected?. Foundations of Social Justice, University of Texas: Austin, Texas.

Horak, O. (2005, March 30). A Look into Transgender Issues. Formal Seminar Course, University of Texas: Austin, Texas.

Horak, O. (2004, December 30-31). Being an Ally: Bridging the Gaps between Gay and Straight. Lutheran Student Movement National Convention: Houston, Texas.

The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science in Social Work, Clinical Concentration

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Social Work, Educational Psychology Minor
Certification, Bridging Disciplines Program, Cultures and IdentitiesStudy Abroad Maymester
Studied an international perspective of social care and social justice
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas
London, England

Community Service & Affiliations
Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, Member, Social Committee Member, Sunday School Teacher
National Social Work Association, Member
ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation, National Board Member of Intersections of Oppression
Lutherans Concerned of Austin & Central Texas, Board Member and Presenter
Lutheran Campus Ministry, Served on hiring committee, Council, and Webmaster
Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP, Student, Fundraiser, and Volunteer
Lutheran Student Movement, Regional Representative and National Council: Advocate for Diversity & Service-Learning
Longhorn Scholar Mentor, Mentor






President's Achievement Scholarship (2002-2006)
Bridging Disciplines Scholarship (2004, 2006)
Kohn-Hutter Lutheran Scholarship (2004- 2006, 2008- 2011)
HATCH Scholarship (2005-2006)
Beaumont Foundation of America Technology Program (2005-2006)
George K. Herbert Endowed Scholarship (2006)