Other Experience

CLINICAL/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Bi-lingual Mental Health Therapist, North Range Behavioral Health, Greeley, CO. November 2002 to May 2003.
Provided bi-lingual clinical services including individual and family therapy; psychological assessment; and consultation to Head Start Programs in eight schools in the Greeley area.  Clients were mostly Latinos of all ages representing a wide-range of diagnoses. Evaluations included cognitive/intellectual functioning and neuropsychological assessments.

Pre-Doctoral Intern, Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program (APA Accredited), Wichita, KS. August 2001 to August 2002.

Primary Site:  Prairie View, Inc. Newton, KS (Psychiatric Hospital)
Provided clinical services including individual, family, and group therapy; psychological assessment; and consultation to multi-disciplinary teams.  Settings included a psychiatric hospital, residential unit, and outpatient mental health services, on three rotations:  Child/Adolescent, Adult, and Older Adult, as well as tri-county area public schools and nursing home facilities.  Clients represented a wide-range of diagnoses, ethnicities, and socio-economic levels.  Evaluations included cognitive/intellectual functioning, neuropsychological screens, and personality assessment. Groups included: in-patient process (for each of the following: child, adolescent, adult, and older-adult); multi-family; life-skills training for residential adolescents; and psychodrama.  Therapy and assessment were conducted in Spanish as needed.

Secondary Site:  COMCARE – Court Clinic, Family and Child Clinical Services, Wichita, KS
Conducted court-ordered psychological assessments with adolescents and competency to stand trial evaluations with adults.  Clients presented with a wide-range of diagnoses and criminal charges.

Assistant School Psychologist, Poudre R-1 School District, Fort Collins, CO. September 1999 to May 2000.
Advanced clinical practicum in school psychology.  Provided consultation services to teachers, parents, and school administrators on crisis cases at Olander Elementary and Preston Junior High Schools.  Conducted evaluations through classroom observations, student interviews, and psychological assessments (i.e. standardized batteries assessing intelligence, achievement, behavior, and personality).  Presented student evaluation feedback at parent/staff meetings. Facilitated weekly process and social skills group for junior high students in a severely behaviorally and emotionally disordered classroom.  Attended bi-weekly staffings to participate in the planning of behavioral and educational programs.

Staff Therapist, The Jacob Center, Fort Collins, CO. September 1999 to May 2000.
Advanced clinical experience in a private youth and family service agency.  Conducted individual and family therapy.  Specific client issues included: social skills, grief and loss, aggression, anxiety, depression, adjustment to living with foster family, delinquency, substance use, involvement with the legal system, and parenting skills.  Offered consultation in weekly meetings with an interdisciplinary team.

Group Leader, Nurturing Families Program, Lutheran Family Services, Loveland, CO. September to December 1999.
Planned and implemented psycho-educational, social, and creative activities for children     ages seven through thirteen.  Facilitated weekly group discussions regarding children’s interpersonal relationships with parents and siblings.  Participated in staffings to process, organize, and monitor children and parents’groups progress with parent group leader.

Group Leader, Strengthening Latino Families, Larimer County Mental Health, Fort Collins, CO. July to December 1999.
Facilitated a weekly group of single-parent bilingual Latinas.  Presented psychoeducational information and processed issues including interpersonal relationships, parenting, family of origin concerns, domestic abuse, stress management, self-care, ethnic identity development, and bicultural awareness and understanding.  Group therapy was primarily conducted in Spanish.

Preschool Mental Health Consultant, Head Start Program, Poudre R-1 School District, Fort Collins, CO. August 1998 to July 1999.
Provided consultation to the Head Start Program in the Fort Collins, Poudre R-1 School District.  Students and families were low-income individuals of diverse ethnicities and nationalities.  Consultation services included intervening in problem/crisis cases with exceptional children, providing diagnoses, giving recommendations for teacher and support-staff interventions, and coordinating services of interdisciplinary teams.  Responsibilities included: assisting in planning the Head Start mental health program; training Head Start staff (topics included observation and assessment skills; communication skills; increasing cross-cultural awareness; behavioral management techniques; identification of potential problems; information on community mental health resources); observing children and consulting with staff; advising staff and parents in the utilization of community resources; conducting psychological assessments; developing and implementing behavioral training program for teachers and staff on interventions for severely disruptive behavior disordered children; conducting child and family therapy.  Therapy and psychological assessments were conducted in Spanish as needed.

Staff Therapist, Psychological Services Center, Fort Collins, CO. August 1998 to May 2000.
Advanced clinical practicum in a community mental health setting.  Provided intake assessments, individual adult, child, adolescent, and family therapy; crisis intervention; on-call overnight emergency coverage, consultation with health-care providers, and psychological assessments.  Administered, interpreted, and provided written reports on various psychological assessment batteries including intelligence, vocational, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and personality testing.  Clients were primarily of lower socioeconomic status and of various ethnicities and nationalities.  Therapy and psychological assessments were conducted in Spanish as needed.

Staff Therapist, University Counseling Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. January 1997 to May 1998.
Practicum experience with university population.  Provided intake assessments, short and long term individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and vocational counseling.  Participated in case conferences, training workshops, and staff meetings.  Client issues and concerns included: interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem problems, eating disorders, personality disorders, career concerns, general anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, grief and loss experiences, academic difficulties, acculturation/cross-cultural adjustments, and separation-individuation concerns.

Admission Counselor, Office of Admission, Central College, Pella, IA. August 1995 to June 1996.
Headed minority student recruitment for a small private liberal arts college.  Traveled to high schools primarily in the Midwest and in Texas.  Delivered presentations to students, teachers, and school counselors.  Organized campus visits.  Discussed and explored students’ needs, goals, and interests regarding their college decision-making process.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Appointed by Governor Thomas J. Vilsack to Iowa Division of Latino Affairs. August 2005 to August 2006.
Serving to coordinate, assist, and cooperate with the efforts of state departments and agencies to meet the needs of Latinos in the fields of education, employment, health, housing, welfare, and recreation.

Board Member, Crossroads, Ltd.  September 2005 to August 2006.
Reviewing programs and policies of Crossroads, a local non-profit organization, providing free counseling, preschool, and a variety of community assistance programs to children and families.

Resident Counselor, Hogares Juveniles – Juvenile Home, Partners of the Americas, Mérida, Yucatán, México.  Paid position through Kellogg Foundation Grant – $1,500.  June to August 1993.
Volunteer experience with a population of 9- to 17-year-old Mexican males, in a residential facility. Counseled residents on issues such as sexual, emotional, and physical abuse; depression; anxiety; conduct disorder; oppositional-defiant disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; grief and loss; abandonment; learning disabilities; and vocational planning. Planned hands-on activities to facilitate social skills training.  Taught courses in Spanish grammar and contemporary social issues in Mexico.  Served as an interpreter during Partners of the Americas site visit.

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