Walk our hallways on any given day, and you’re guaranteed to bump into a hero. From our kids who triumph over trauma to our staff who help our kids hope again to our donors and volunteers — like you — who make it all possible.

Meet just one of our many heroes, Rosalva, Director of Clinical Services.

Where did you receive your education?
I am a Wolverine through and through. I received my undergrad degree in Sociology Work at University of Michigan, and my Master of Social Work at University of Michigan School of Social Work as well.

What are some of your responsibilities at the Center?
I ensure all staff are trained in best evidence-based practices for the 0-6 population, including Infant Mental Health, Incredible Years and Parent Child Interactive Therapy.

I also support and champion the continued integration of the CAFAS (Child and Adolescent Functioning Assessment Scale). This tool measures a child’s level of functioning in daily life and provides eligibility to services for kids 7-21 years of age.

I oversee the General Behavioral Health program that supports our youth 7-21 that have a mental health diagnosis and support evidence-practice such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Substance Use Disorder Services.

What is one “day in the life” experience you’re proud of?
It may sound simple, but one day, recently, I walked in the hall and found a child lying on the floor, frustrated because he couldn’t express himself. So I got down on the floor, right down on his level, so he could relate to me. I was able to get him to walk outside with me and tell me what was going on.

What is your secret weapon?
Speaking Spanish. At one point in my career I was a translator for crisis screening.

What are your dreams for the future?
I built an intern process in General Behavioral Health in order to support the next generation of professionals in our workforce. I am committed to the growth of the future licensed clinical professionals and Masters Level social workers to impact the families and children we serve.

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