All Center for Family Consultation staff who work with the Community Youth Services (CYS) program are licensed professionals with at least five years experience working with at-risk students. Clinicians include licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed psychologists, certified chemical dependency specialists, licensed social workers, licensed specialists in school psychology, and board certified child psychiatrists. All have completed recognized training programs on techniques of family therapy and family therapy in the school setting, and are active in the local community (serving on the Boards of Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy or the Mental Health Needs Council). Dr. Loos has personally supervised and/or collaborated with all staff therapists, and continues to work closely with them on clinical skills. Ongoing collaboration amongst CFC therapists helps to keep professional skills sharp and consistent with the CFC orientation.
Dr. Loos worked closely with Dr. Harry Goolishian of the Galveston Family Institute and Dr. Steve de Shazar of the Brief Family Therapy Institute of Milwaukee, both of whom developed programs of international reputation for dealing with chronically at-risk youth and their families. These experiences form the core of the clinical work today at the Center for Family Consultation, augmented by research on resiliency, emotional intelligence, and developmental assets.
Multicultural competence and ethnic sensitivity are central to CFC services. This includes therapists who are Latino and/or fluent in Spanish (Mercedes Dominguez, LPC; Denise Morales, LMSW-ACP; Jorge Carrillo, PhD; Charla Clark, LMFT; Charla Clark, LMFT; Ruben Martinez, MA, LPC; Carlos Guerra, M.D.; Victor Loos, Ph.D.), African-American therapists with special interest in African-American youth (Michael Thomas, LMSW-ACP; Gail Brackins, LMSW-ACP;), and Asian-American therapists (Alice Mao, M.D.),and therapists with bi-racial expertise (Denise Morales, LCSW-ACP; Alice Mao, M.D.). Additional specialties include working with sexually abused children, recent immigrants, gay and lesbian family issues, eating disorders, attention deficit (ADHD/ADD) disorders, and families living in separate households.