Mental Health

jean_mcdaniel Member Photo

Clipped by jean_mcdaniel

Mental Health - Page (-Section A-Sun-Ncws-LasCiucos, Ne«·...
Page (-Section A-Sun-Ncws-LasCiucos, Ne«· Mexico-Mundiy,Fcbniaty 28, 1977 Trainer To Enhance Southwest's Outreach By NENA SINGLETON Smil.ife Editor How do social service and mental health workers, hesel by too few resources for too m a n y problems, find the time lo keep up with changes in t h e i r professions, in new techniques, in changes in their community's needs? The-Southwest Mental Health Center has added to its staff a counselor lo answer some of these needs. prank Gutierrez, formerly with a drug ahu?e education center and a firsl offender training program, has been named "coordinator of continuing continuing education" at Souih- wesl. Gutierrez joins several others at Southwest whose roles are primarily e d u c a t i o n a n d o u t r e a c h , i n c l u d i n g Marsha Fogerty, coordinator of con- sultation and education for the community, Susan Morley, also in o u t r e a c h education, and Delores Porlillo, outreach worker. Others who do outreach include Byron «ing, Sharon Scotl-Grossklaus and N a n c y Galves. While Gutierrez' chief role is lo set up programs lo f u r t h e r professionals' development-both development-both lhal of community workers and Southwest employes--he thinks his job will have a direct effect on the quality of service the community receives. He cites as an example a "crisis counseling" workshop March 11 for those interested in learning more about dealing with clients in i m m e d i a t e crises, such as suicide threats, rape, or substance overdose. He hopes to start a lecture series for t h e s t a f f , area professionals and others interested interested in m e n t a l health work. His goal, he admits is not modest. He wants lo see Southwest Southwest "with (he best trained staff and the best organized center in the area." He was formerly assistant director of (he Drug Abuse Education and Coordination Center in Albuquerque. He was also statewide training coordinator coordinator for Ihose working with first offender programs. In both jobs, begun in 1972, his task was to help others become more effective in their counseling roles. He has a bachelor's degree in business adminislralion from Eastern New Mexico "Slate University and a masters in guidance and counseling from Ihc University of New Mexico lasl spring. Gutierrez, an Albuquerque n a t i v e who recently moved his family to Las Cruces, said he is excited about working w i t h the Frank Gutierrez Southwest staff. He lias joined at a lime changes are taking place, he said. There is much discussion of increased team work, removal of titles that tend to limit workers' initiative, consolidation consolidation of offices, he said. For i n s t a n c e , f o palienl and outpatient services were handled by separate directors. They are now consolidated, consolidated, he said. There is considerable input sought from the staff on decisions that (he entire staff, he added.

Clipped from
  1. Las Cruces Sun-News,
  2. 28 Feb 1977, Mon,
  3. Page 6

jean_mcdaniel Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in