Nonviolence Works welcomes Taos native as program director
‘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 email@example.com
NVW has the largest number of licensed and credentialed behavioral health workers in Northern New Mexico. We can be reached at
nonviolenceworks.us or (575) 758-4297.
Fifth-generation Taoseño Eric Mares is the new clinician and program director at Nonviolence Works.