For many years as community workers, educators, therapists and clergy we watched families struggle to solve their problems. We saw the need for simple, useful tools to help families work better. Taking from the best of social science and psychological research, we put together our ideas of the skills and patterns that consistently show up in healthy families. Our goal was to create a program that could be understood by families of various cultures, including those who might never seek family therapy. Family Wellness Associates is a minority owned partnership committed to providing skills and resources to individuals, couples, and families throughout the world.
Since 1980, Family Wellness has trained over 10,000 instructors who have presented the Family Wellness programs to over 1,000,000 families worldwide. We welcome you!
Family Wellness Associates is a minority owned – Latino and woman – partnership committed to providing skills and resources to individuals, couples, and families throughout the world. Founded in East San Jose and Santa Cruz California in 1980, our focus has been on low-income multi-cultural communities. Family Wellness has been effective across ethnic and socio-economic strata.
A number of refugee programs throughout the country have chosen Family Wellness as the model for their communities because of our cultural respect, adaptability for different cultures, and clear, common sense approach. Kurdish, Somali, Hmong, Latino, Serbian, Ugandan, and Russian Refugees are currently using our program and we can put you in touch with program directors and coordinators.
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Morante, LMFT: Ana has been a partner since 2005 after a 12 year of association with Family Wellness as an Instructor and Trainer of instructors. Ana is a bilingual and bicultural exponent of Family Wellness.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she maintains a private practice providing services to children, adolescents, and their families, dealing with issues such as child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, immigration and acculturation, etc. Ana has worked in numerous public and private settings including the Juvenile Dependency System and the Family Court System. Ana has also provided program and clinical supervision to trainees, interns and other mental health professionals. Ana has been married since 1994 and she is a mother and step-mother to three children. She is passionate about the Family Wellness principles and she uses them regularly in her personal and professional life. She enjoys helping people not just to survive but to thrive and enjoy their relationships. Something that she learned from her mentor and founder of the program, George Doub, is to see the strength in people and to reflect it back to them.
O. Simile, LMFT, CFLE: Erin has been a partner since 2005 after a16
year of association with Family Wellness as an Instructor and Trainer of
instructors. As a therapist Erin maintains a private practice focused on
therapeutic services to children and families with emphasis on families
Erin has supervised MFT Interns and graduate students providing clinical
counseling services in school based settings. Erin has also been a practicum
clinical supervisor at Santa Clara University. Erin also contracts with
the Dept. of Family & Children’s Services, Santa Clara County
to provide on-going training and coaching of social workers providing parent
education services throughout Santa Clara County and has conducted mandated
family education classes for over 14 years. Erin and Mike live in Raleigh,
S. Simile: Mike has been a partner since 2005 after a 3 year of association
with Family Wellness as an Instructor and Trainer of instructors. Mike has
conducted mandated family education classes throughout Santa Clara county
since 2000 and until he and Erin relocated to North Carolina. Mike currently
maintains the Family Wellness web site and assists with the production and
shipping of Family Wellness materials.
Together with George Doub, Mike founded Building Something Better, a series
of comprehensive and effective workshops in communications strategy and project
management. Mike also facilitates groups of company presidents that meet regularly
to assist each other with management and business development issues.
L. Hernandez, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Marriage & Family Therapist who resides in California. He is a Partner and Trainer with Family Wellness Associates, an internationally known family education/enrichment program. He travels widely and speaks on matters related to healthy family functioning, including the role of men as leaders and mentors.
Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience helping families and individuals through crises and transitions, which he has done through his work in private practice, hospitals, clinics, and community non-profit agencies. As a Spanish-speaking therapist who treats people from various Latino cultures, Joe deals extensively with issues that Latino individuals and families confront.
Dr. Hernandez does forensic psychological evaluations and serves as an expert witness in diverse situations. For many years, he has taught as an adjunct instructor at the university level and has written on the Family Wellness model.
Dr. Hernandez earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He also earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. His undergraduate work is in Pastoral Training and theology. Joe is married and identifies his favorite roles as husband, father, and (especially) grandfather.
Hernandez, M. A., is passionate about Family Wellness because of
its strength-based approach. She enjoys helping people discover and develop
their gifts and abilities. Michelle earned a Master of Arts degree from
Santa Clara University in Counseling Psychology. She has been a certified
Family Wellness instructor since 1996 and is now a Family Wellness Partner
and Trainer. Michelle has a background as a Communications Director and
has held leadership positions in Women’s, Children’s and Family
Ministries. Michelle’s training as a psychotherapist and her interest
in spiritual development make her a natural encourager. She uses this
background in helping people build strong relationships. Michelle has
been married to Joe since 1968. They cherish the time they have to enjoy
their two active grand kids.
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