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  Consultant Name Natalie Bonnes
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISinfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 8/24/2015 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
University of Wisconsin - River Falls Bachelor's Degree - Social Work Yes 5/1/1997

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Certified Social Worker Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services 5/1/1997

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked at Chippewa, Dunn, and Pierce Counties as a Foster Care Coordinator, Case Manager in Child Protection Services, and Supervisor for the Juvenile Delinquent population. I also have experience working as an Adult Protection Social Worker for the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Barron, Chippewa, Dunn

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
My style in working with any individual is strength based. It is important to look at a person's strengths rather than focus on weakness. When people look at their own strengths, they are able to identify their own solutions to problems rather than to look to others to solve them. This also gives the individual a sense of autonomy and, overall, they feel in control and better about themselves.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
IRIS is a self-directed program which has a strength based focus. People participating in the IRIS Program are able to choose who they want to help them based on their comfort level. When you see individuals being cared for by people who care about them, and who they care about, their overall health and safety is better. If a person is cared for by someone they can trust and are comfortable with, it is my opinion they can get better or feel safe enough to take risks they might not otherwise take. For example, if a person with a developmental disability feels trusted and comfortable in their living environment, they may feel comfortable and supported enough to attempt a work program.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Working as a Functional Screener has allowed me to see what a person's strengths are in what they are able to do on their own. I also think that my overall experience with working with a diverse population of people has helped me to work with younger individuals, older adults, and people who have disabilities. My experience has taught me to help people help themselves to solve issues/problems they are experiencing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to hit the bike trails whenever I have a chance. There are many different bike trails in the surrounding counties to choose from and I never get bored. I am a fan of a good movie on a cold winter night. I love to cook and find new recipes to try. I also game for fishing, boating, spending time when family and friends. When I have the opportunity, I like to take trips in the United States and out.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)