Non­vi­o­lence Works wel­comes Taos na­tive as pro­gram di­rec­tor

The Taos News - - VECINOS - Mary McPhail Gray Mary McPhail Gray is the board chair of NVW and can be reached at (575) 779-3126 or mcphail­con­sult­

‘Ire­ally like to nav­i­gate jour­neys with my clients. We learn from each other,” said Eric Mares from his new seat as a clin­i­cian and pro­gram di­rec­tor at Non­vi­o­lence Works.

Mares is a fifth gen­er­a­tion Taoseño who knows this com­mu­nity well. He was ed­u­cated here. His fam­ily still lives here. He and his wife Danielle are both in­volved in hu­man ser­vices and be­lieve in giv­ing back to help Taos come to­gether for safety and health.

Mares is well-known in the hu­man ser­vices com­mu­nity in Taos due to the va­ri­ety of po­si­tions he has held, es­pe­cially in the New Mex­ico Chil­dren Youth and Fam­i­lies Depart­ment where he was most re­cently the clin­i­cal su­per­vi­sor for be­hav­ioral health in the 10-county re­gion of North­ern New Mex­ico. In CYFD he was pro­moted through po­si­tions in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion di­vi­sion, in-home ser­vices, per­ma­nency plan­ning, ju­ve­nile pro­ba­tion of­fice and as a clin­i­cian. He thus has seen fam­i­lies and youth in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions with needs that re­quire creative col­lab­o­ra­tion across agen­cies.

Mares holds a li­cense as a clin­i­cal so­cial worker with a mas­ters in so­cial work from High­lands Univer­sity. He has stud­ied so­cial work, gov­ern­ment/non­profit man­age­ment, busi­ness and psy­chol­ogy from New Mex­ico State and the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico. He is also li­censed to work with clients with sub­stance abuse chal­lenges. His clin­i­cal con­cen­tra­tions also in­clude grief and loss coun­sel­ing, co-oc­cur­ring di­ag­noses, fam­ily dis­cord and trauma re­cov­ery.

Mares is com­fort­able with both in­di­vid­ual and group coun­sel­ing. He is able to bring a va­ri­ety of tech­niques to his prac­tice. He is trained in cog­ni­tive be­hav­ioral ther­apy and also in di­alec­ti­cal be­hav­ioral ther­apy, through which a clin­i­cian works to bring both ac­cep­tance and change to­gether for a client.

While he works with both adults and youth/chil­dren he ad­mits to a spe­cial ded­i­ca­tion to the wel­fare of chil­dren. Per­haps this is an ex­pres­sion of his deep com­mit­ment to fam­ily. He and his wife have four chil­dren, and he en­joys his role as an as­sis­tant coach to the Taos High School bas­ket­ball team.

Mares be­gan his ca­reer at Non­vi­o­lence Works working­ing in the young fa­thers group when it was or­ga­nized as Taos MEN. He credits that pro­gram’s staff for en­cour­ag­ing him to get a mas­ters in so­cial work.

When he has time, Mares teaches at Univer­sity of New Mex­ico-Taos in the li­censed sub­stance abuse as­so­ciate de­gree pro­gram. But he ad­mits that his fam­ily com­mit­ments and his love of hunt­ing, fish­ing and spir­i­tual ac­tiv­i­ties give him a full life.

He is de­ter­mined to stay close to his roots and help har­ness the cre­ativ­ity of the town. He be­lieves strongly that he can help heal the com­mu­nity, keep it healthy and pro­mote suc­cess­ful ca­reers and fam­ily re­la­tion­ships in our young peo­ple.

At Non­vi­o­lence Works one of Mares’ first re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to sup­port the tran­si­tion of clin­i­cians and clients who were for­merly served by Tri-County. He sees this as a crit­i­cal role he can play in the agency, es­pe­cially due to his fa­mil­iar­ity with other pub­lic ser­vices and pro­fes­sion­als in the field.

We are grate­ful for his skills and wel­come him. He can be reached at (575) 758-4297 or e.mares@non­vi­o­lent­

NVW has the largest num­ber of li­censed and cre­den­tialed be­hav­ioral health work­ers in North­ern New Mex­ico. We can be reached at

non­vi­o­lence­ or (575) 758-4297.

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Fifth-gen­er­a­tion Taoseño Eric Mares is the new clin­i­cian and pro­gram di­rec­tor at Non­vi­o­lence Works.

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