Monica Lozano

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with a strong background in the field of child welfare. In 2020, I graduated with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas-Arlington, where I acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to support children and families facing abuse, neglect, and crisis situations. Throughout my career, I have worked with the Department of Family and Protective Services for a decade, witnessing the detrimental effects of substance abuse on families and the perpetuation of generational trauma working along side CASA.

Motivated by a deep passion for mental health, I transitioned into the role of a Mental Health Specialist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, specifically within the Behavioral Health Program. This position provided me with valuable experience in conducting comprehensive mental health assessments, implementing preventive programs to address mental health crises, and collaborating with community partners to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Driven by a desire to enhance my clinical skills and better serve children and families in crisis, I am actively working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by acquiring supervision hours. This additional qualification will enable me to employ various therapeutic approaches in my work, providing trauma-informed care and support to those who have experienced traumatic events.

Recognizing the lack of resources and underserved population in my community, I am currently pursuing certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the Iaepd Foundation. This endeavor will equip me with the necessary expertise to address the specific needs of individuals struggling with eating disorders and contribute to the development of comprehensive treatment programs.

In addition to my current pursuits, I would like to propose the creation of a psychoeducation group as part of my future endeavors. This group would serve as a platform to provide valuable information and support to individuals experiencing mental health challenges, focusing on increasing awareness, providing coping strategies, and fostering a sense of community. By sharing knowledge and promoting dialogue, this group would aim to empower individuals to actively participate in their own mental health and well-being.

Overall, my experiences and aspirations have shaped me into a dedicated social worker committed to supporting vulnerable populations, particularly children and families in crisis. Through ongoing professional development and the pursuit of certifications, I strive to provide effective, evidence-based interventions and empower individuals to overcome adversity and achieve holistic well-being.

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