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January 7, 2019  

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

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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December 24, 2018  

BECOMING A SOCIAL WORKER- feat. Elisa D., LMSW

Social Workers can thrive in many settings---hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, and much more!  Elisa and I discuss the versatility of social workers and talk about what it takes to become a clinical social worker.

Elisa Dobler, LMSW is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center since October of 2015. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP and is Licensed Clinical Social Work Candidate. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Currently she is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR among other modalities and works primarily with victims of crime. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as an IB (International Baccalaureate) teacher and English IV teacher from 2006-2013. She speaks three languages and enjoys taking weekend hikes, playing the piano, and spending time with family.

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November 26, 2018  

BECOMING A SEX THERAPIST- Feat. Jen Reeves, LMFT, CST

*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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November 11, 2018  

Patron Only Episode-Myra the Magical Marathon Master

In this episode, I interview my friend and colleague, Myra. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and marathoner. She is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). We discuss the field of social work, running, trauma, and self-care.

October 15, 2018  

So, you want to be a therapist? What you should know before making the leap.

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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September 17, 2018  

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

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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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