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The instructors for our Health and Wellness Professions classes are healthcare and medical industry experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge, skills, and expertise. As part of their continued commitment to the industry, they stay informed on the newest technologies, and methods.

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Jennifer Cady, MA, LPCC, LADAC has been on the faculty of the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program since 2000. She received her B.S. from Ohio University in Community Health Education and shortly thereafter a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Case Western Reserve University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Her work includes Case Manager/Resident Advisor in Ohio and New Mexico, Mental Health Worker and UNM CASAA Counselor, Family Services Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for both adolescents and adults needing psycho social assessment, treatment planning, group and individual therapy to patients. Jennifer received her M.A. in counseling psychology in 1989 and is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is actively involved with the New Mexico Addiction Education Network to help those entering this field become educated. Jennifer goes the extra mile with joy to guide those with a passion for this challenging but satisfying work.

Upcoming Classes:

Evidence-Based Treatment (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 2/10/18
Managing Co-Occurring Disorders (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 3/24/18
Working with Adolescents: Treatment and Prevention (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/21/18
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 5/5/18

Ms. Chavez has been employed in the Health Care Industry for over 28 years. Her experience ranges from coding and billing to compliance and education. She received her CPC (certified professional coder) certification in 1991 and her CPC-H (certified professional coder-hospital) certification in 1998 from the American Academy of Professional Coders. In 1998, Ms. Chavez is credited for initiating the Albuquerque AAPC Chapter in which she served as chapter president for 2 years. In 2007, Ms. Chavez received her CCP-P (certified compliance professional-physician) certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and her CMAS (certified medical administrative specialist) from the American Medical Technologists. Ms. Chavez was the co-founder of Medical Academy Services LLC and in 2008 became the sole founder of New Mexico HealthCare Consulting Services LLC.

Upcoming Classes:

CPT-4 Coding Specialist (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 1/18/18
ICD-10-CM Coding Specialist (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 3/5/18
Testing Strategies with CPC Exam Preparation (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/17/18

Michael DeBernardi, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Services at The Life Link in Santa Fe. He received degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. A clinician, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and consultant, Dr. DeBernardi also serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and has conducted a variety of CBT trainings around the country. His agency, The Life Link, is a major provider of mental health, substance abuse, case management, housing, employment, and a variety of other services for homeless and indigent clients in the Santa Fe area.

Upcoming Classes:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 2/24/18



Upcoming Classes:

Physician's Office Assistant + EHRM with Clinical Externship (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Medical Billing and Coding + MAA (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
EKG Technician (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Pharmacy Technician + MAA with Clinical Externship (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Medical Administrative Assistant (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Dialysis Technician (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Pharmacy Technician with Clinical Externship (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Medical Billing and Coding (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17
Electronic Health Records Management (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/16/17

Frank G. Magourilos, MPS, CPS, ICPS is a Sr. Certified Prevention Specialist and a SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework National Trainer. Mr. Magourilos holds a Master

Upcoming Classes:

Prevention and Education (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/2/17

Dr. Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, has been working in substance abuse and mental health for over 23 years. She has worked with homeless, homeless youth, criminal justice, and domestic violence clients during that time. For seven years, she worked at UNM/CASAA and is a veteran of several clinical trials with CRA, A-CRA CRAFT and MI protocols, including COMBINE (Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions), ESTAR (Expanding Services to Albuquerque's Runaways), and OTEP (Opiate Treatment Enhancement Project). She has been teaching evidence based treatments for addictions at SASTP for the past 14 years. Recently she was working in Juvenile Justice and is a statewide coordinator of substance abuse treatment services, training staff in CRA and MI and is now at UNMH as a therapist. She received a Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree from Arizona State in 2014.

Upcoming Classes:

Group Therapies (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 1/27/18
Community Reinforcement Approach (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 3/10/18

Dara Saville is the founder and primary instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program. She is also the Director of the Yerba Mansa Project, an all-volunteer endeavor to restore native plants in the Bosque and provide educational outreach regarding the importance of native plant communities. She has a Bachelor

Upcoming Classes:

New Mexico Ecological Herbalism Series (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 1/22/18

Brian SernaBrian Serna, LPCC, LADAC, is an international trainer and consultant in Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) and Cultural Issues in Behavioral Healthcare. Mr. Serna has trained clinicians around the world in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) all of which are prominent EBPs in the treatment of addictions. His teaching style is engaging and experiential, demanding that students sometimes take risks in order to integrate the material. He has directed substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in New Mexico and Oregon. Currently, he is the Health and Wellness Division Director for the Pueblo of Tesuque, is in private practice in Santa Fe, NM and teaches at the University of New Mexico and Southwestern College.

Upcoming Classes:

Motivational Interviewing Level 2 (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 2/24/18
Cultural Competencies for Counselors (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/7/18

Robert M. Tanner, M.A., MPA, Ph.D., LMFT is the coordinator of the counseling and human development department at Albuquerque Academy. He has a myriad of experiences in mental health that spans a 30-year period, including independent schools, inpatient and outpatient services, and addictions/dual diagnosis treatment. He has also taught counseling and psychology courses at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Bob is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and has been deployed on a number of national disasters. He has worked with families of victims lost in the World Trade Center, and more recently, with victims of Hurricane Katrina. In recognition of Bob's many volunteer disaster preparedness and response activities with the American Red Cross, the New Mexico Psychological Association in 2009 appointed him to lead its Disaster Response Network program. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico, a master's degree in public health administration, also from UNM, and master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

CRAFT and Working with Family Members (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 5/5/18


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