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Patricia Juarez, M.S.

Training Director

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Patricia Juárez had the honor of studying directly with Dr. William Miller while attending the University of New Mexico, to obtain a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, specializing in addictions (2001). Her skills as a trainer are also due to the excellent mentorship of Dr.Carolina Yahne. Since 2001, after her Training for New Trainers (TNT) training in Italy, Patricia joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and has remained and active member ever since.
From 2002 to 2014 she conducted basic MI trainings at least once a year, in the field of addictions and health behaviors, collaborating with major universities in Mexico and with the main inpatient addictions treatment centers in Mexico, OCEANICA. In October 2008, Patricia Juárez was invited as a trainer at the TNT in the annual MINT forum in Albuquerque, NM, alongside Dr. Carolina Yahne and Dr. Steven Rosengreen. Patricia also taught MI as part of a psychological interviewing class for psychology undergraduates from 2005 to 2014, as fulfillment of one of her major goals: to keep promoting training in MI as part of undergraduate psychological training. She has also collaborated as Consultant, Trainer and Supervisor in several important research projects founded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
In September 2013, she attended an advanced MI training with Dr. Miller and Dr. Moyers as a way to enhance her familiarity with the Motivational Interviewing book 3rd edition updates. In October 2014, Patricia Juárez was invited by Dr. Carolina Yahne to present a workshop in Spanish with her, at the annual MINT Forum in Atlanta, GA. In LAHDR, her main duties include to provide trainings and supervision to help LAHDR and Community interventionists to become competent in delivering Brief Motivational Interventionists, in adherence with the most current quality standards of practice. She is also responsible for developing and updating training materials. She just presented and the 2016 MINT Forum in Montreal, Canada, and is currently preparing for a National Motivational Interviewing Training in Cuba in October 2016.

Reyna Puentes, M.A., LPC-I

Training Coordinator

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Reyna Puentes first joined the LAHDR Center in 2016 as a Master's student and research assistant in the Clinical Psychology program at UTEP. She completed her Master's thesis titled "An Investigation of In-Session Client Change Language and Stage of Change" in which she evaluated the relationship between client's language in Motivational Interviewing and the transtheoretical model of change.
Since graduating in 2017, Reyna has continued working with the LAHDR Center as Training Coordinator, where she works closely with organizations to coordinate, develop, and provide trainings and supervision in Motivational Interivewing and Brief Motivational Interventions. Under the supervision of Patricia Juarez, Reyna has had the honor of being trained by leaders in the MI world (including Dr. William Miller, Dr. Carolina Yahne, Dr. Theresa Moyers, Dr. Denise Ernst, and Dr. Scott Walters). Reyna became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2018 and continues serving as an active member.
Reyna is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and implements Motivational Interviewing and Brief Motivational Interventions everyday with people who are seeking mental health services.

Staff Alumni

Miriam Albert, Clinical Counselor
Jessica Armendariz, Clinical Counselor
Antonio Moises Martinez, Program Manager II
Norma Nguyen, Program Manager I
Claudia Oliva, Grant and Contracts Specialist
Peter Yanez, Clinical Counselor

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Bryon Adinoff, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Raul Caetano, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
Dr. Edward Castaneda, BUILD
Dr. Bruce Cushing, UTEP, Biological Sciences
Jana Renner, Paso del Norte Health Foundation