Last month we saluted mothers in recognition of Mother’s Day, this month we turn our attention to Fathers and Father Figures everywhere. Being a father has been the most meaningful and rewarding aspect of my life, hands down. I mentioned last month that I was raised by a powerful, single mother. When I was nine my father left under the pretense of finding work out in California, a few months later he let us know that he was never coming back. My own father’s absence has had a profound impact on my own approach to fatherhood. I had to figure out what it meant to be a good dad and an honorable man from scraps and pieces that I collected over the years. Some from sitcoms, a little from my grandpa and uncle, but mostly I had to make it up as I went along.

When I had my first child at the age of 26 I stumbled into fatherhood trying to “right all the wrongs” that I endured. I tried to be kind, patient, playful, follow through on promises, and above all – be truly present with my kids. I recognize that I am not perfect as a father, but I know that I have been and will continue to be there for my kids and wife whenever they need me. For the past 20 years, we as Americans have been in a “father crisis” of sorts. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation about one in every three kids across America has no father in the
home. Studies have shown that children with involved fathers demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement, are less likely to engage in risky behavior (like unprotected sex and experimentation with drugs), and tend to have enhanced resiliency with mental health challenges. At Serna Solutions, we believe that mentally healthy and involved fathers play an essential role in building healthy families and communities. We support fathers as they work on themselves so that they can better support their families and end harmful cycles that they may have survived  as children.

This Father’s Day let’s acknowledge and celebrate the impact that fathers have on our lives, and work towards creating a community where every child has the opportunity to grow up with the love, guidance, and support of a father figure.

Brian Serna on KRQE New Mexico Living

As children become teens, their growth is often accompanied by a shift in behavior and mood. A lot of this is caused by normal adolescent social and neurological development, but it can be hard to identify the difference between a more serious mental health issue and common teenage behavior. Last month, Serna Solutions founder Brian Serna appeared on KRQE’s New Mexico Living segment to discuss signs of adolescent depression vs. what constitutes typical teenage behavior. In case you missed it, we have the video of his interview for you to watch, here. This is a great opportunity to learn about teen mental health at a time when more youth are suffering from conditions like depression and anxiety.

Learn more here!

Staff Feature

Aimée began her career in behavioral health at Serna Solutions, utilizing the CRAFT method to work with families whose loved ones were struggling with substance abuse. Aimée has gone on to work as a school-based counselor, a mobile crisis clinician, and in private practice supporting families, couples, and individuals from childhood to adulthood. Aimée’s lifelong interest in psychology led her to pursue her MA in Counseling from Southwestern College as well as a certificate from New Earth Institute in Children’s Mental Health. 

I am trained in DBT, CRA, CRAFT, Motivational Interviewing, Sandplay Therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and am a Level 2 PACT Couples Therapist. I bring my varied experience to Serna Solutions as the Program Manager of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP!). I also serve as the Program Director of the Addictions, Abuse, and Recovery Certificate Program at The New Earth Institute at Southwestern College. I continue to develop my passion for teaching and facilitating training and periodically present at conferences around the state.

Upcoming Training This Month

Serna Solutions has worked diligently to bring you the most comprehensive training with easy accessibility for registration. Please take a moment to look at our upcoming workshops, and visit our Train with Serna Solutions tab which includes an event calendar and information about   private training for your organization.

Motivational Interviewing Level 1 – Part of our SOR Free Training Series
June 1st and 2nd from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon) both days

This 2-day online workshop introduces the MI Spirit and foundational strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI.) MI is one of the most heavily researched interventions in the fields of addiction, behavioral health, and medicine. Many studies have reliably demonstrated that implementing this practice with proficiency and consistency will improve client outcomes. MI attempts to move an individual away from a state of indecision or uncertainty toward finding the motivation to make positive decisions and accomplish established goals. MI is a directional, client-centered style of interacting with the goal of eliciting change by helping individuals explore and resolve ambivalence. Rather than acting in an antagonistic or combative way, the helper engages with the client to explore feelings, including ambivalence about changing, and help clients find their own motivations. This training provides a total of 12 CEUs. Register for all of our SOR trainings here. 

Ethics: Best Practices in Telehealth for Behavioral Health Providers – SOR
June 9th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon)

This free online training will provide participants with an overview of state and national requirements for providing telehealth behavioral health services. Specific areas of focus will include HIPAA and 42 CFR requirements,  and legal and ethical concerns including privacy, security, and providing services in rural and remote areas. A working camera and microphone are required to register for this event, which provides a total of 6 CEUs. You can register for our SOR training here.

Neurobiology of Trauma – SOR
June 13th and 14th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon) both days

Join us for this free 2-day online Neurobiology of Trauma Training that will provide you with a foundation for learning trauma treatment modalities like EMDR, BrainSpotting, and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Processing. We begin with Interoceptive engagement—the capacity to kindly witness, engage, and report the condition of the body. This is a skill that when developed can foster a direct and powerful form of psychophysiological recovery. Interoceptive engagement can form the foundation for a common language of self-expression; one less susceptible to the pitfalls of misaligned interpretation. It can improve our capacity to connect with our own experience through a compassionate lens, while it enhances our capacity to do the same with others. Most importantly, this skill can assist us in the achievement of these aims beneath what thoughts and words alone can provide. This training will include an exploration of neurobiological research, experiential exercises, and practical applications meant to support clients and ourselves in the development of such interoceptive skills. This training provides a total of 12 CEUs. Register for all of our SOR trainings here. 

Grief and Loss: Clinical Applications for Helpers
June 21st from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon)

Designed for anyone wanting to understand both the conceptual framework and practical applications for working with grief and loss in a clinical context, this training will include basic grief psycho-education, manifestations of grief in clinical presentation, the tenets of grief companioning (“heart-set” for grief work,) conceptual models to understand grief, developmental and ethical considerations when working with grief and interventions to assist grief processing. Grief and loss affect everyone – clients, and clinicians, and this training is both highly experiential and interactive. This training provides a total of 6 CEUs. Register here!


Ethics in Clinical Supervision – SOR
June 23rd from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon)

This free online training will provide participants with critical information and hands-on exercises regarding best practices for providing ethical clinical supervision. It starts with a review of ethical principles that govern the Code of Ethics for all helping professions followed by an interactive ethical dilemma exercise. We will then explore ethical considerations related to culture, evidence-based practices, and telehealth. A working camera and microphone are required to register for this event. This training satisfies the 6 hours of Supervision Ethics requirement for behavioral health licensees in the State of New Mexico and you can earn a total of 6 CEUs. Register for all of our SOR trainings here. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – Level 1 – SOR
June 29th and 30th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break at noon) both days

We will be covering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or ‘DBT’ – a therapy originally created for difficult-to-manage mood and personality disorders during this free online training.. DBT is an evidence-based practice that assists clients with mood, personality, anxiety, and addictive and trauma-related disorders. DBT provides clients with skills that promote emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. This training will provide participants with an overview of this approach and its different applications, and 12 CEUs. Register for DBT training and all of our SOR trainings here.

Spotlighted Group Therapy: Yoga Therapy in Santa Fe

Curious about how yoga can influence your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being? Serna Solutions now offers Kundalini Yoga Therapy on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Register by calling (505) 207-8929 or emailing Sessions are limited to 10-12 participants. Most insurance plans are accepted and the self-pay rate is $15 per session. All people, bodies, and experience levels are welcome! 

Ongoing Group Therapy


  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT) Group in Santa Fe: 5:00-6:30 PM MST,  4001 Office Ct Dr. Suite 201 Santa Fe, NM.
  • Kundalini Yoga Therapy on the Southside of Santa Fe: 5:30-6:30 PM. Please call (505) 207-8929 for location. 
  • CRAFT for Parents: 12:00-1:30 MST, online via Zoom: Call (505) 230-4949 for more information.  


  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for adults: 12:00-1:30 PM MST, online via Zoom.
  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT): 5:00-6:30 PM MST, in person.
  • Family Empowerment Groups: 5:30-6:30 PM MST, online.
  • Grief Group: 5:30-6:30 PM MST. Please call the Santa Fe office to learn more at (505) 207-8929.


  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT) Group: in Santa Fe from 5:00-6:30 PM 
  • Family Empowerment Groups: 5:30-6:30 PM MST, 6000 Uptown Blvd NE #102, Albuquerque, NM
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Parents: 5:30-7:00 PM MST online via Zoom. Please call (505) 230-4949 for more information. 


  • Grief Support Group: 2:00-3:00 PM MST, online. 


  • Adult DBT/IFS Skills Group: 12:00-1:00 PM MST, meets in person in Albuquerque.


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