Blanca Sanchez-Navarro


Blanca Sanchez-Navarro is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  From 1989 to 2016 she worked as a therapist at Texas State University Counseling Center, seeing clients both individually and in group therapy and served as the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach for the Center.  Blanca has presented hundreds of workshops to students, faculty and staff and at state, regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics including depression, suicide, substance use disorders, diversity and student leadership.  Her work serving on a multitude of university committees has enhanced her knowledge and interest in the impact of addiction in communities, serving veterans, social justice and equality issues.  In December of 2016, she retired as an Assistant Director and opened a private practice in mental health speaking and counseling adults in Spring 2017.

1:00 - 2:15 PM (CDT)

Thursday September 10

Counseling Those with Dual Diagnosis: Integrating 12 Step Recovery with Counseling Theories

In the past, substance related disorders were addressed outside the rest of psychiatric diagnoses and the substance use field grew up on its own, developing a unique approach to addressing the need for recovery. While the fields of psychology and substance use have
merged more effectively, there is still a need to  understand multiple diagnoses that can sabotage recovery in one area or another. This interactive presentation is designed to assist clinicians in addressing client need by understanding how 12 Step Recovery concepts have connections to a range of psychology/counseling theories and utilizing tools interchangeably to fit the client in order to help them reach goals for life long mental health.