Dr. Jones is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who loves to teach at the Chicago School and also loves working at Counseling 4 Kids in Los Angeles, a DMH contracted agency. At the university, Dr. Jones enjoys teaching practicum seminar, child and adolescents and family systems among other classes. Dr. Jones has extensive experience in counseling children, adolescents and families, since her internship years in 2001. She started working with kindergarten children in the educational psychology field in 2001 and fell in love with the population. Dr. Jones continued working with children, families and couples in Peru, and then in the U.S. when she moved here in 2005. In the U.S. she did her internship on a free community mental health clinic, and subsequently joined a DMH contracted agency to focus on the Latino community and other minorities. Dr. Jones has worked with 4 different mental health agencies in LA County.
Dr. Jones has training and experience in a wide range of modalities of theoretical and evidence-based practice modalities including CBT, Solution Focused, Family Systems, Trauma Focused CBT, Triple-P, MAP, Psychodynamics and Cultural Diversity. Her experience in clinical work with a variety of populations allows her to provide real life case examples to students and to enhance their counseling skills for the jobs they will face in their future. Dr. Jones’ research focuses on The Positive Parenting Program and she is also highly interested in child and adolescent disorders, family therapy and cultural issues.
Providers’ Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, Language Fluency and Satisfaction When Using An Evidence-Based Practice Model: The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program In Spanish
Integrating Indigenous Spirituality with Western Psychotherapy: A Practical Approach
Q & A
Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy
A: My teaching is integrative. I am in agreement with the statement: “Practice what you preach” so I try to show the students from a very experiential perspective, how the clinical work functions outside in the community, in the real life cases. There are several values that I try to teach students, both by my words and my actions. Included among these are the following: the importance of reading and learning, organization, preparation, and homework; respect for other people and their views, cultural diversity; the value of clear and effective communication in both written and oral form; the importance of fair process; the centrality of equality, and the importance of taking accountability on their actions and responsibilities as students.
Another important theme of my teaching is to emphasize the value of critical scholarship by sharing not only my own research but by encourage students in their own research papers to move beyond the readings on their textbooks. I also enjoy including case examples from my own practice, asking them about their experience and I encourage them to start practicing as many skills as possible in my classes. Personal contact with students and providing them with a positive environment is essential to my teaching style as I am enriched by the students, their own experiences and their feedback, which I always take into consideration as I believe that we are always improving.
Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: I am a Family Systems therapist more than anything with a strong love for child and adolescent therapy. I integrate my theoretical framework with object relations and attachment and I am also trained in a variety of Evidence Based Practice models and cultural models as I believe that a competent therapist has a strong road map to help the clients navigate through the world. No one fits a mold, so it is important to know different theoretical models. You can’t use theory if you don’t know theory!
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of Psychology?
A: I have always being fascinated by relationships and how family function. I have also always being the person that people naturally come to talk about their problems, so it was just a natural fit for me.
Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Come in and take advantage of the small class settings, be ready to be challenged and to be hold accountable for your education as well. Come eager to learn and ask questions. Do not be afraid of asking questions as they are the best way to learn.