M. A. Western New Mexico University
B. S. Western New Mexico University
New Mexico License in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, 1999-current
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2010-2013
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, 2013
ICRC Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, 1999
Matrix Model Key Supervisor Trainer, 2006, ongoing.
Certified Trainer; QPR, CPR for Suicide Prevention, 1999-2008
New Mexico License in Drug Abuse Counseling, 1997.
Credentialed Crisis Intervention, Gila Regional Medical Center 1999 - 2001
Certified MANDT Instructor
With almost twenty years experience providing Substance Abuse/addictions counseling to the Southwest corner of New Mexico. I have had the privilege of working with youth, adults and families and I continually strive to find the best practices and interventions to assist people on their healing journey.
I have presented at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) on Drugs and the Border and am currently a member of SAMSHA's Drugs and the Border Communities Task Force. Since 2008 I have been a voting member of the Grant County Community Health Council. For the past several years I have been President of the Restorative Justice Council and a past member of the Sixth Judicial District Juvenile Community Corrections Panel. I am a proud Faculty Member of one the oldest, longest continually running Addictions training workshops; The Silver City Drug and Alcohol Institute; which is hosted yearly by WNMU. I recently took a faculty position at WNMU as Professor of the Chemical Dependency Program.
My philosophy of teaching has been informed and enriched by my experience teaching traditional and non-traditional students in addictions and chemical dependency counseling at the graduate and undergraduate levels. I have taught for The New Mexico Addictions Education Network, professional seminars and national conferences across New Mexico and the Southwest United States. From this experience I have developed a multicultural, multidisciplinary perspective essential to effective curriculum development and community involvement. Select professors from different disciplines have had a profound influence on my teaching, and indeed on my entire life. The foundation of my teaching is the inspiration and enthusiasm of my mentors, and seeing and experiencing how these professors influenced the lives of their students for the better.
Member of New Mexico Addictions Education Network, Faculty Member Silver City Addictions Institute, Member of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Hobbies and personal interests:
Fishing , golf, working on old cars, gardening, photography, and staying up to date with state of the art addiction and recovery interventions and trends.