I am so excited to join the faculty and staff here at Valencia High School. I have been welcomed with open arms by both staff and students, and I am excited to provide all the support I can here on campus. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I was born and raised in El Monte, California by two immigrant Salvadorian parents. Being the first to graduate from high school from my family, I went on to attain a degree in Human Development from University of California, San Diego. Immediately after UCSD I was accepted into the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Southern California. At the time, the school had a campus in Irvine. I didn’t really want to go back to Los Angeles so I decided to move to Orange County and complete my Master’s program with a concentration on Families and Children.
Upon graduating from USC I worked with first time juvenile offenders and their families through a court-ordered counseling program and became adjunct faculty at USC School of Social Work. I have also worked for Orange County Department of Education, Pathways Community Services, and Waymakers. Prior to licensure I focused my career in working with at-risk youth both through school-based services and community organizations providing individual/family/group therapy, crisis counseling, and linkages to resources.
Upon attaining licensure in 2010 I began to develop skills in program development, staff management, evidence-based services, clinical supervision, training staff and students, facilitating workshops at major conferences, and working with adults through residential treatment facilities. I also currently have a private practice.
I am so excited to bring all of this experience and expertise to Valencia High School and help develop an incredible mental health program for PYLUSD.
I am in the counseling office if you ever want to stop by to consult, ask questions, or seek any support services. Thank you Valencia for welcoming me into the Tiger Family!
Carlos Alcántara, LCSW, PPSC