BECOMING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

January 7th, 2019

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Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities that allows them the title of "therapist".  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do "therapy" or what we call "clinical work".  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today's guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

 To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

 

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BECOMING A THERAPIST-Sex Therapy- a Glimpse Into Treatment Feat. Jen Reeves, LMFT, CST

November 26th, 2018

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*explicit content-listener discretion advised*
 
My guest today is a Certified Sex Therapist!  I am so super excited to present you all with this content.  It's been hard for me to track down a CST, so this is a real treat! 
 
Jen Reeves, CST, LMFT, and I discuss: desire discrepancy, fetishes, kink, sexual stigma, masturbatory behaviors, couples therapy, bad therapists, and how to become a sex therapist!
 
Jen attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a BA in psychology. After her BA, she took a five year hiatus during which time she worked for various group homes, primarily with teenage girls where she was given sexual abuse cases. Jen attended the University of Houston Clear Lake for grad school and received a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012.  She then became a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute in December 2016.
 
She currently works for Houston Relationship Therapy in the Heights district of Houston, and has been conducting treatment there for 5 and a half years. She supervises future sex therapists through Texas Sex Therapy Institute and teaches the occasional class or two for TSTI. She has been a guest lecturer/presenter on the topics of porn issues, sex after baby, female sexual desire, and desire discrepancy, to name a few. She is now in the process of becoming a supervisor for future marriage and family therapists as well.
 
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So, you want to be a therapist? What you should know before making the leap.

October 15th, 2018

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Ever wonder what it would take for you to become a therapist?  Some may think, "I'm good at listening and giving advice, therefore I should become a therapist." 

WELL......you are in for a....BIG....surprise.  

Get ready because becoming a therapist is INTENSE work.  I don't want to scare you with this episode, I WANT TO PREPARE YOU.  I want you to know things I wish I had known when I started my own journey into this career.

Topics include:

  • Latinx in Higher Education
  • Preparing for graduate school
  • Rigor and growth
  • Self-reflection
  • Wounded Healers
  • Getting triggered
  • Therapists going to therapy
  • Figuring out what you DON'T want to do as a clinician
  • Inspiration for you to make the leap!

A special thank-you to Myra Garcia, LCSW.  She is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center (where I work as well).  She supervises and consults with clinicians in our agency.  She has experience doing therapy in New York and El Paso.  She specializes in trauma work and is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy.  She also teaches graduate social work students at NMSU.  Her passion for social work and therapy shines through in her excellent work at our agency and in her advocacy for others.

In two weeks, our episode will feature two Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associates (LMFT-As) who will talk about their journeys in becoming therapists.  They will speak specifically about their experiences in grad school, training, and how they work with clients.  If you are interested in working with families and couples, that episode will be for you!

For more information about this episode or about my blog and podcast, please contact me at cristal@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

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Losing your marbles over misbehaved children? A Guide to Discipline Plans

October 1st, 2018

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Rewards, punishment, and consequences can be hard to keep track of while parenting older kids.  Not anymore!  With this step-by-step audio guide, you can have a functioning "token economy" in as little as 30 minutes!  Token economies are like jobs with paychecks for adults except instead of jobs and money, we use chores, points, marbles, and tickets.

This can be a structured and organized way to discipline children and keep track of rewards.  Have you ever thought to yourself..."man my kids are spoiled!"...or "I don't want them to think they don't have to work for what they have!"

This is the episode for you!  Get your calendars, notebooks, and clear jars ready...we are going to tackle HOW TO CREATE A DISCIPLINE PLAN for older kids!

Enjoy this episode!  Please remember to stop by and leave comments or write a quick blurb on your experience with this podcast on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/through-the-eyes-of-a-therapist/id1358020151?mt=2

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Mentioned in the episode:

TOKEN ECONOMY GUIDE

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORE CHART

 

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Handling Tantrums, Positive Parenting, and a Survey on YOUR Parenting Style

September 17th, 2018

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Hello!  Thanks for listening to the podcast that puts a mental-health spin on any topic!  We've passed 1400 downloads on Podbean and even more on iTunes! Visit www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org for more!

 

This episode is about parenting young children.  The greatest joy and the greatest responsibility in this life.  If you interact with children or have your own, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT EPISODE.  I list out four different parenting styles (survey style) so you can identify your own.  Also I talk about TANTRUMS (cue Jaws music).  I cover the behavioral science behind ignoring, attention, and why kids tantrums get worse.

Mentioned in this episode:

Parent Child Interaction Therapy: www.pcit.org

 

Next episode will be a continuation of this topic and I will cover how to create a point system or "token economy" for your child!

Stay tuned and thanks for listening to Through the Eyes of a Therapist!

 

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The FIVE DOMAINS of Healthy Living- The Cure to Mental Illness and the Guide to a Happier Life with Richard Salcido, LPC-S

September 3rd, 2018

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Welcome to "Through the Eyes of a Therapist"!  This is the podcast that’s all about mental health!  I am your host, creator, and editor of this podcast, Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC!  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Mental Health Therapist.

This episode contains a very special interview with a person who I admire very much!  Richard Salcido is an LPC-Supervisor who also lives, works, and plays in El Paso, Texas. He was THE supervisor who helped me launch my career after graduate school and oversaw my completion of 3,000 hours of therapy practice to become fully licensed. He has trained many interns over the years and helped shape the next generation of therapists.  He has been a therapist since the 1970s and has a great perspective on mind and body health.  In this episode he gives us information on the 5 Domains of Healthy Living.  Richard will walk us through each domain, giving us tips and things to try along the way.

And Yes, I asked if there will be a book.

We got a maybe on that one....but YES to a powerpoint presentation.

 

I hope to continue to make my first post-grad supervisor and mentor proud!  Thank you Mr. Salcido for the push you gave me to launch my counseling career.

If you want to find out more about Family Service El Paso or have any questions about their services, you can contact them at 915-781-9900.  You can find their contact info on my Facebook page or at my website www.mypodtherapist.com 

Please follow me and get in touch through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Podbean!  You can also send me an email cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

 

*Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information in this podcast.*

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How to Be a TUFF Mudder: Women Warriors Under TOUGH Spartan-Like Course Conditions

July 22nd, 2018

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Maybe you've heard of the popular obstacle race courses, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc.  In this conversation with Paulina, my muddy buddy, we talk about our physical and mental experiences during these races.  

The both of us have strong backgrounds in Psychology and Sociology, so we talk about mental toughness, confidence, competition, discipline, and grit.  We have done Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, and other types of marathons/obstacle races. 

We mention how we each trained for the races and how mentally prepared we must be to endure, prepare, and tough out some harsh conditions.  We give honest reviews about our experiences with each type of race we have done, so you can decide if you want to Spartan Up or be a Tough Mudder.

 

For more info on the obstacle course races mentioned in this episode visit:

https://toughmudder.com/

https://www.spartan.com/en

https://warriordash.com/

http://runthejailbreak.com/

 

*This podcast is for informational or entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the consultation and advice of your own doctors and/or other health/mental health professionals.

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