We at the Nueva Luz Foundation are a dedicated team that carries out our mission of furthering the health, welfare and quality of life to those affected by trauma. All of our programs are trauma-informed, trauma-specific and science-based. In keeping with our motto, “Understand, Cope and Prevail”, the use of psychoeducation on trauma and its effect on individuals and families is utilized throughout all of our programs and services.

Our staff, consisting of professional BSW and MSW counselors and a licensed LCSW, have been extensively trained in the care of adults and children affected by trauma. Our counselors are led by our clinical director, Dr. Norma Villanueva, LCSW-S, DCSW.

Some of the specialties our professional social workers are trained in and have expertise include:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Readjustment Caregiving: Using a Trauma-Informed Systems Approach
  • Systems and Strengths Theory: Guiding Intervention Strategies
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Peer Facilitation
  • Critical Incident Debriefing

This past summer, one of our interns created a Testimonial of how our staff feels working for Nueva Luz Foundation. Check it out!