Dr. Robert Benavides Jr.

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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO – 1986, Doctor of Education, Counseling and Educational Psychology.  Dissertation title:  The effects of individual feedback tutoring on adolescent verbal performance in group therapy.


SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY – 1976, Master of Arts, Major:  Humanistic Psychology.  Thesis title:  Wilderness Psychology, a comparative study.


CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT LOS ANGELES – 1969, Bachelor of Arts, major in psychology.


INTER AMERICAN DEFENSE COLLEGE - 1991, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

Thesis title: A psychosocial assessment of Latin America.






PRIVATE PRACTICE (1978 to present), Santa Rosa, CA.  Maintain a private practice with an emphasis on family, individual and couple therapy.  The practice includes crisis intervention, evaluation, assessment and treatment, as well as Employee Assistance Program evaluations. Specialties in chemical dependency, family and adolescent therapy, critical incident stress debriefing and trauma.


DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH – Southwest Community Health Center (2006 to 2007), Santa Rosa, CA.  Director of Mental Health.  Designed and implemented an Integrated Behavioral Health program within a Medical setting for a Federally Funded Health Center. The program integrates therapists with medical professionals to insure seamless continuity of care. The Center provides medical and mental health services for patients regardless of ability to pay.  Services are both in English and Spanish.  Provided supervision for Registered Psychological Assistants and Family Therapy interns.


CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST – Family Life Center (1978 to 2014), Petaluma, California.  Developed a wilderness experience program within a non profit adolescent psychiatric setting.  Supervise Psychological Assistants and Family Therapists.  Responsible for individual, group and family therapy as well as crisis intervention.  Developed, and facilitate specialty group for male sexual perpetrators as well as a personal development group that focuses on values, boundaries and substance abuse.

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EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE AND MANAGED CARE CONTRACTS (1988 to present), Santa Rosa, CA.  Maintain contracts with Employee Assistance Programs that focus on critical incident stress debriefing, employee development, substance abuse, management referral and personal crisis. Maintain clinical standards as specified by Health Maintenance Organizations.



DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH – Alliance Medical Center (1989 to 1992), Healdsburg, California.  Provided mental health services to a variety of patients as part of a medical team.  Supervised interns in preparation for licensure as psychologists, and family therapists.  The clinic provided services to low income and migrant individuals whose primary language was Spanish. Also provided supervision for Family Therapy Interns.


DIRECTOR OF INTERN TRAINING – Santa Rosa Institute (1984 to 1993) Santa Rosa, California.  Director of intern training.  Supervised interns within an educational institution that provided mental health services to the public on a sliding scale basis.



COUNSELING SERVICES – Family Services Agency of Sonoma County (1977 to 1980). Provided counseling services to families and students as part of an agency contract with Windsor Junior High School.


MEDICAL MARKETING SPECIALIST – IBM Corporation (1969 to 1972), Los Angeles, California.  Marketed, maintained and upgraded IBM products within a geographical area to the medical community.




PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS (Present).  I conduct in service and community presentations on a variety of subjects including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,  motivational interviewing, substance abuse, harm reduction, parenting, adolescence, and working with the Latino population. Presentations are conducted in both English and Spanish.


SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE, PUENTE PROGRAM (1988 to Present). Provide guidance and mentorship for students interested in the field of psychology.  Presentations focus on developing personal development skills.


COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP (2006 to present).  Provide individual and couple psychotherapy as well as parenting classes.


MARTIAL ARTS (1966 to present). Third degree black belt in Shoto Kan Karate, third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Karate, third degree black belt in Aikido and black belt level in Japanese Katori (traditional sword). I  Teach classes to various ages and levels of experience.


PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY (1980). Taught a graduate class in Cross Cultural Counseling.


CALIFORNIA MILITARY ACADEMY (1974 to 1999).  As a Captain, provided instruction to U.S. Army Officer Candidates in communications theory, leadership and land navigation. Eventually, was promoted to Colonel and commanded the Academy that was responsible for the development and instruction of both Commissioned Officer Candidates and Non Commissioned Officers for the State of California as well as specialty schools for enlisted soldiers.


NORTH WEST OUTWARD BOUND (1974 to 1976).  As an instructor, was responsible for the instruction, guidance and safety of students participating in a personal development mountaineering experience.  Classes included rock climbing, mountaineering, leadership, navigation, team building, solo, backpacking and outdoor safety.




POST DOCTORAL (1986 to 1988) Psychological Assistantship.  Gary Blank, Ph.D..  Psychological functions included work within a private practice setting, as well as work with patients in a clinic setting as part of a multi-modal team.


PRE DOCTORAL (1984 to 1986) Psychological Assistantship.  Robert Barrows, Ed.D..  Psychological functions included intake, assessment and treatment of individuals, couples and families in a private practice setting.


SONOMA COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH (1975 to 1976) Oakcrest Facility.  Rotations included work with crisis, open and locked units.  Training included individual, group, and crisis therapy as well as case conferencing and psychological assessment.  Supervisors were Steve Lowe, M.D. and Larry Eiger, Ph.D.




Licensed Psychologist (Psy 11363)

Licensed Marriage Family and Child Counselor (MFT 12482)

Clinical Hypnosis (#731)

Advanced Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

American Red Cross Mental Health Certificate

American Psychological Association Substance Abuse Certificate (AD001044)

EMDR, Approved Consultant (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)

California Community College instructor credential





American Psychological Association

National Association of Latina/o Psychologists

California Psychological Association

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association

Santa Rosa Community Health Centers (past president)

Latino Commission on Drug Abuse and Alcohol Services (past board member)

Sonoma County Mental Health Advisory Board (past board member)

Sonoma County Drug Abuse Council (past board member)

Santa Rosa Institute (past board member)

United States Army War College Alumni (life member)

United States Army Ranger Association (life member)




Read write and speak Spanish fluently

Colonel, United States Army, retired