Associated with The Chicago School since 1987, Dr. Benitez is the clinical director of the school's practicum site, Erie Neighborhood House, which serves Latino youth and their families. Dr. Benitez consults with the Department of Children and Family Services, Clinical Division, where he works with caseworkers and supervisors around issues of psychological testing. In addition, he maintains a clinical and consulting private practice. His interests include issues related to clergy and mental health, supervision, and diversity.
Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: Although expertise is necessary, it is the art of interaction with others and a global understanding of the forces that impact others, both internal and extrnal, that allow for change. Sometimes you have to impact the larger system in order to promote health. Allowing the individual to understand his or her larger system empowers that individual, and therefore promotes change.
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I had an early passion for interaction with others.
Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Do your work diligently and step back. Don't necessarily go to the head of the table. If you do your work well, you will be invited to the head of the table.
Board Member, Erie Neighborhood House
American Psychological Association (APA)
Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists