top of page


Virtual Conference | May 2nd-3rd, 2024

Trailblazing In Mental Health & Wellness:

The Horizons of Transformative Change In Care 

Dr. Deborah Villanueva & Mariaeliza Chavira


Dr. Deborah Villanueva is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Southern California.

She currently works with Native American, Alaskan Native, and Indigenous Latin American

Families- their children, and young adults- using an eclectic, culturally sensitive approach tailored to the unique needs of each client she serves. Dr. Villanueva has over 16 years of

experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions, with various areas of expertise within child and adolescent Psychotherapy addressing depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She received her Doctorate degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Villanueva is the Founder and CEO of Cafecito Y Platicas Con La Doctora™ An organization that focuses on exemplifying the power of Hispanic, Latinas, and Latinx women- in representing their communities, families, higher education, and their place within the working force. Dr. Villanueva currently serves in the role of Assistant Region-I Director for the National Association of Social Workers NASW- California Chapter.

Mariaeliza Chavira is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Southern California. She

currently works with children and youth of culturally diverse populations and provides services to monolingual Spanish-speaking families, using a client-centered, strength-based, and culturally sensitive approach. Ms. Chavira has over 15 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings, including Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs, School-Based Educational Settings, high-risk shelters, Foster and Probation settings, with a various areas of expertise addressing depression, anxiety, and complex traumas through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, and Solution-Focused interventions.

Dr. Deborah Villanueva & Mariaeliza Chavira

Day 2 Session 6C: Addressing Burnout in The Behavioral Health Workforce: Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Supportive Strategies

Session Summary

In this 60-minute session, Dr. Villanueva and Mrs. Chavira will present on the current mental health burnout that behavioral health professionals face daily, and the negative effects of compassion fatigue- which has been impacted by the prolonged public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will explore preventive strategies that will address the complexities of burnout.  Open and honest conversations on how to best support the mental health and well-being of professionals, and thrive.       

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the common effects of trauma, and secondary trauma

  2. Understand the signs of early burnout and ways to recognize it 

  3. Identify effective strategies and practices that can be implemented to promote wellness 



Need CEU Credit for Attending?

Don't forget to complete your Session evaluation to receive your CEU credit.  The deadline to complete the evaluation is May 11, 2024.


  ClinicianFest By The Numbers 

ClinicianFest is a 503c organization.  Proceeds from ClinicianFest are used to fund the co-pays of those in need of mental health services but unable to afford such services in their entirety. We partner with over 216 vendors, agencies, private practitioners, and community support programs to support aid in communities with scarce mental healthcare access and resources. To date, we have assisted over 1100 clients in getting the care and aid they need on their journey. 


Join The Movement

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page