About

laurahawkinsLaura Hawkins, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, NCC

Education and training

“My education has been one of the foundations of my life. It has equipped me to pursue my passion, which is to help others to achieve their highest possible quality of life.”

Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

  • Post-master’s certificate
  • Major:  Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Major: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

I divided my practicum experience equally between adult and child populations during my counseling and advanced practice nursing education.

Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

  • Master of Science
  • Major:  Mental Health Counseling

St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Core 4 Writing Award

St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, Lafayette, Indiana

  • Registered Nurse Diploma
  • Valedictorian

Licensure and Certification

“Licensure and board certification give you reassurance that you are receiving care that meets national and professional standards.”

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC), Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board for Certified Counselor
  • Indiana Prescriptive authority
  • Indiana controlled substances registration
  • Indiana Registered Nurse License

Continuing Education (highlights)

“Continued learning is one of my greatest pleasures.  I am continually seeking to hone my skills and knowledge base to more effectively serve my patients.”

  • graduate level coursework on bonding and attachment
  • doctoral level coursework in neuroscience and in traumatic effects of chronic illness
  • Introductory Theraplay
  • Attendance at annual meeting for the International Society for Traumatic Stress, 2009,
  • Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective, 2009,
  • EMDR Training, (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing, an evidence-based trauma therapy approach), 2011, qualified to perform EMDR
  • Somatic Interventions and EMDR, 2012,
  • Star Behavioral Health Providers Tier One Training: The Impact of Deployment on Service Members and their Families, 2012,
  • Star Behavioral Health Providers Tier Two Training:  Challenges and Difficulties Often Associated with the Military, 2012,
  • Essential Psychopharmacology by Steven Stahl, 2012, 80 CME
  • Group Theraplay, 2012