Alfonzo Pacheco, MSW, LCSW

Alfonzo Pacheco, MSW, LCSW

Group Facilitator

I have been a social worker for 25-years—starting at the age of 17 when I became a trained peer-mentor at the Redwood City Youth Health Center (RCYHC) targeting high-risk youth with HIV-prevention education and information. It was during this experience that it became clear to me that social work was my calling. Upon earning my Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare degree from the University of Washington, I returned home to the Bay Area for a year of national service with AMERICORPS as the Coordinator for the Peer-Mentor Program at the RCYHC, back to where this whole journey first began. In 1999, I left to begin my graduate school education at San Diego State University, where I can attest to having received an excellent, clinically comprehensive training in behavioral health. I have been trained in all levels of behavioral healthcare including inpatient, outpatient, partial-hospitalization, intensive-outpatient, day treatment, and recently at the highest levels of residential care in the State of California. My experience in treatment settings has ranged from home-based to school-based, a homeless shelter, and also within specialty and primary care clinics. Upon becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I returned home to the Bay Area and have since had the privilege of teaching as a Faculty Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University, as well as having co-authored my first clinical publication. As a bilingual, tri-cultural man of color, I am very conscientious of the importance of giving back to the communities from where I started. For that reason, I currently volunteer and teach the Spanish-speaking Family-2-Family Program under the auspices of NAMI-SF and recently concluded a 3-year membership on the Board of Directors for Our Family Coalition. Additionally, I have served as the Group Facilitator for the Spanish-speaking Prevention with Positives Group at AGUILAS since 2012.

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