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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:

How to Become an Addiction Counselor in New Mexico (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/14/17
Substance Abuse Office Hours (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/14/17
Substance Abuse Office Hours (Section FAC-PD) ‐ 11/11/17
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
Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy for Coders (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/30/17
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:

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

Eric completed his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2000, he and his wife, Kathy, moved to New Mexico where he obtained his Master of Science, also in Psychology, at UNM. He then went back to school at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to complete a teaching education program, culminating in receiving his Secondary Education License with endorsements in Science and Psychology. After working as a long-term sub at Rio Rancho High School, Eric returned to the UNM Psychology Department to teach full time. Although considered new faculty, Eric has taught psychology since 2006. His teaching interests are primarily in the Cognitive/Brain and Behavior area, but he can be found teaching a variety of courses. When not in the classroom, Eric is the Vice President of GREY2K USA Worldwide, an international greyhound advocacy group, and Communications Director for Greyhound Companions of New Mexico, a greyhound rescue, adoption, and advocacy group. He also volunteers with NMDOG, an all-breeds rescue based in the Albuquerque area. Eric and Kathy share their home with four greyhounds and one Pibble mix.

Upcoming Classes:

Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/18/17

Having been raised with traditional medicine, raChelle has always had a keen interest in holistic health, and thanks to her grandfather she learned early on how to integrate plant medicine into her own health and well-being. raChelle has studied Clinical Herbalism, with an emphasis in Ayurveda medicine at the University of New Mexico ; and Complimentary Alternative and Herbal Medicine at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Her specialties include Health and Lifestyle Coaching, Herbalism, Nutrition and Exercise.

Upcoming Classes:

FRESH LOOK ‐ Holistic Health: Jumpstart your Brain (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/28/17

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

Sonia Masocco, LDT, C.Ay.P., CAH is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild. For the past 14 years, Sonia has had a private practice in Albuquerque ; she also participates in lectures and conferences worldwide.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Case Studies in Herbalism (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/16/17



Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine (Section FAA_PE) ‐ 10/4/17

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

Daniel Mintie LCSW, a trainer at the Mountain View California Feeling Good Institute, has 25 years experience treating addictions, anxiety, depression and trauma. He runs a bi-monthly TEAM training group at his Albuquerque office and provides TEAM consultation and training worldwide via the internet.

Upcoming Classes:

T.E.A.M. CBT Level 1 (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/18/17

Caroline OrcuttCaroline Orcutt has an MA in Art from UNM with an emphasis in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. Caroline has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and digital arts. She ran her own business for many years and specializes in teaching graphic design. Caroline originated the current Digital Arts Program (formerly the Graphic Design Program) at UNM Continuing Education in 1996.

Upcoming Classes:

FRESH LOOK ‐ Brown Bag: Living without Chemicals (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/8/17
Exploring Mind Practices: Sustaining your meditation habit (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/26/17

William Pearson, MS LPCC LADAC MAC SAP SAP-NMDOT Bill Pearson is commitment to workforce development for human service workers and counselors, especially in McKinley County. With a strong background in treating co-occurring disorders, Bill keeps up with developments in the field by maintaining his dual-licensure as both LADAC and LPCC. Specializing in the area of addictions work and maintaining expertise in both additions and other mental health disorder treatment, his teaching covers professionalism and ethics, assessment protocol and procedures including SBIRT. As a Clinical Supervisor and Director of Synergy Behavioral Health Center in Gallup, New Mexico, Bill has over 25 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy addressing chemical dependence, co-occurring and mental health needs in outpatient, residential, corrections and crisis response settings.

Upcoming Classes:

Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/7/17

Robert O. Phillips, D.BH, LADAC, LMSW Dr. Bob Phillips is a terrestrial from Roswell, New Mexico and is Coordinator of Human Services and Addiction Studies at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. With 35 years of experience, Bob serves as clinician, educator, trainer, and consultant in the fields of addictions treatment and the integration of behavioral health into primary medical care. His research interests include program evaluation, youth risk and resiliency, and occupational health including risk and protective factors for burnout and compassion fatigue. In addition, he has served and led the human service professions at local, state, and national levels and organizations, including the New Mexico Addictions Education Network ; the International Coalition of Substance Abuse Educators ; and the National Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health.

Upcoming Classes:

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/4/17

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
FRESH LOOK ‐ Holistic Health: Introduction to Medicinal Herbs of Central New Mexico (Section FAD-PD) ‐ 11/6/17

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 1 (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/21/17
Motivational Interviewing Level 2 (Section WIA-PD) ‐ 2/24/18
Cultural Competencies for Counselors (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/7/18

Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics - 4110 Ellison St. NE, Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Jonathan Smith, RD, LD Fitness courses are held at the Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics, a non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to improve their quality of life. The institute has a 2600 square foot training floor where participants will engage in the principals being taught in the lecture portion of the course. The facility allows for all hands on work needed to pass the exam and begin working as a Personal Trainer.

Upcoming Classes:

Accelerated Fitness Trainer Clinic (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/10/17
Health Coach for ACE Certification (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/26/17



Upcoming Classes:

FRESH LOOK ‐ Brown Bag ‐ Sleep Well? (Section FAC-PD) ‐ 10/12/17

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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