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Sandra Calles, PhD

Dr. Sandra Calles is a psychologist, educator, life coach, mentor and activist. Her passion is to advocate for causes she believes in, teach about mental health topics, and guide others, so they may achieve success in their personal and career endeavors.

She has over 11 years of experience as a mental health professional having worked at various mental health facilities. Most recently she was a therapist at Los Angeles Harbor College at the Life Skills Center. While at Harbor College, she helped many students overcome emotional obstacles so they could transfer to universities and meet their career goals. She devotes her personal and professional life to political causes, and activities that promote mental health, women’s issues, the empowerment of Latinas through education, business ownership, financial literacy and political engagement. Dr. Sandra is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, earning both a BA in Human Services and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She earned her doctorate from Saybrook University in Psychology, where she developed a treatment modality from her research on survivors of sudden cardiac death. The treatment plan known as PROSPER, is an acronym detailing a healing plan that can be applied to survivors of various traumas and is the underpinning for the work she does with her clients..... Continue Reading

Exhibit in Dallas to honor Mexican-American veterans

DALLAS (AP) — In 1967, Albert Valtierra, a working-class kid from West Dallas, joined the U.S. Air Force and headed to Vietnam.
The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1LXLfoQ ) reports his younger sister, Rosemary, marched defiantly to protest the war.
Their mother, Serapia, simply lit velas and prayed the rosary.
Rosemary would marry Ramiro Hinojosa, and together they raised a son named after his father. Ram, as the son was called, enlisted in the Army in 2004 and headed for Iraq. He was motivated by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and by the service of others in his family.
“What did I do wrong?” Rosemary thought.
Then she found herself lighting velas in prayer.
The family’s story is one of many portrayed in a photo and video exhibit and lecture series highlighting Mexican-American veterans from the Dallas area. The montage covers more than 100 years in more than 1,000 photos portraying about 400 service members…
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