Dalia Pesqueira, a program supervisor for the Imperial County Department of Behavioral Health Services, in March received her state marriage and family therapist license, agency Director Michael Horn announced.
To earn the license from the state Board of Behavioral Health, Pesqueira completed 3000 hours of client interaction and passed two intensive examinations.
â€œWe encourage our staff to get on-going training and earn these important licenses because it makes us more effective in meeting the needs of the community,â€ Horn said.
Pesqueira joined Behavioral Health in 2002. She currently supervises a staff of 15 serving about 200 severely mentally ill clients at the youth and young adult clinic based in El Centro.
The clinic serves clients from El Centro, Imperial, Heber, Holtville and the county juvenile detention center. Pesqueira also does home visits to help ensure Behavioral Health is meeting the needs of the clients and their families.
Of the certification, Pesqueira said, â€œâ€œThis allows me to obtain more knowledge to better train and supervise our staff and improve service to our clients.â€
A graduate of Calexico High School, she has a bachelorâ€™s degree in psychology from San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus, in Calexico and a masterâ€™s degree in marriage, family and child therapy from the University of Phoenix.
Pesqueira was named a mental health counselor in 2010 and a program supervisor in 2014. Prior to 2010 she was a substance abuse counselor II. She also provides suicide prevention training to Behavioral Health staff and community members, including educators and law enforcement officials.