Bilingual and bicultural behavioral health services
St. Joseph's Center works in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Young Children’s Health Center, the public schools and other area health and helping agencies to ensure that families of the La Mesa and Trumbull neighborhoods — many of whom are Mexican immigrant families — receive carefully coordinated behavioral health care. The Center pays particular attention to these immigrant families who have been identified as some of the most underserved of this area. Services are offered in Spanish and English by licensed master’s level therapist and social work graduate students under supervision of licensed therapists. Services are not denied regardless of immigrant status.
The Center takes a contextual and systemic perspective that addresses not only the the clients’ presenting problems, which can include family problems, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment issues and grief and loss, but also on identifying and using community-based resources that enhance the clients’ lives, such as church-based activities and groups, ESL classes, advocacy groups, educational and scholarship opportunities, skill development training programs and recreational programs. The Center works toward empowering individuals and their families by identifying and building on their strengths and assisting them in learning to access resources within themselves, and the community in order to maintain positive mental health and development across the life span.