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About Steve Ratcliff

A picture of me!Many people find they have trouble describing exactly what they are looking for, or that multiple concerns seem to overlap. If you have questions about how to choose a counselor who feels right for you, and whether I might be that person, please give me a call so we can briefly discuss whether we might be a good fit. I am happy to provide additional referrals as needed. I am specialized in helping address a variety of concerns including psychological trauma, addiction, couples / relationship concerns, LGBTQ safe / sensitive services, and kink-friendly and poly-aware services.

Education
I graduated with honors with my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. While at Wheaton, the primary focus of my graduate studies was providing counseling for Children, Adolescents, families, Couples, and Addiction. Prior to this, I graduated with honors with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. At Vanguard, the primary focus of my studies was paraprofessional counseling and philosophy.

Licensure and Certifications
  • I am independently licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC #0144871)
  • I am certified with the National Anger Management Association as a Specialist
  • I am certified with the QPR Institute as a Suicide Gatekeeper
  • I have completed the full training in EMDR psychological trauma therapy with the EMDR Institute
  • I have completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 1, level 2, and level 3 training

Professional Experience
verified by Psychology Today I have worked for over 14 years in the social services field in a variety of settings including working with at risk youth in East Los Angeles California, homeless duel-diagnosed individuals in downtown Los Angeles, court-mandated adults in Chicago for addiction and domestic violence counseling, various populations in various rural settings all over New Mexico, individuals adjudicated on Juvenile Probation in Bernalillo County, and in private practice in Albuquerque. I have been licensed in New Mexico since 2009 and was licensed in Chicago prior to that.

Additionally I have received hundreds of hours of post graduate professional training in topics including suicide prevention, psychological trauma, addictions, ethics, anger management, couples / marital counseling, LGBTQ concerns, and various other topics. Feel free to view a list of additional professional trainings I have attended and participated with.

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Professional Memberships and Associations
I also am an active member in several professional organizations and associations, including:
Blogs

Publications
  • Ratcliff, S. (2016). Clients getting worse in counseling. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Ratcliff, S. (2014). Stuck in that blasted family of origin role. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Interview with metrochicagojobs.com (2014): I want to be a substance abuse counselor.
  • Ratcliff, S. (2013). Teachable Moments. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Ratcliff, S. (2013). And the media traumatizes another. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Ratcliff, S. (2012). A lesson in unconditional positive regard. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Ratcliff, S. (2012). Where will the horror end?. Retrieved from http://my.counseling.org/
  • Swanson, K., and Ratcliff, B., and Ratcliff, S. (2009). Anger Management Curriculum: A 12 week program designed for use in a correctional setting. Billy Graham Center: Institute for Prison Ministries.
  • Ratcliff, D., and Ratcliff, S. (2009). Book review of Psychology and the Bible. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, vol. 28(2), 185-187.

Professional Presentations
(06/01/2018) Clinical Practice Ethics. Highlands University.
(02/08/2018) Starting a Private Practice. Highlands University.
(01/16/2018) HIPAA compliance and updates. Healthy Families.
(12/08/2017) Starting a Private Practice. Highlands University.
(10/20/2017) Treating Relationship Betrayals. Couples Consult Group.
(10/17/2017) Ethical and Legal Compliance. Healthy Families.
(07/07/2017) Sex Positive Psychology. Highlands University.
(03/10/2017) Introduction to couples therapy research and LGBTQ treatment implications. Consultation Group
(02/25/2017) Ethics, laws, and making sense of it all. Highlands University.
(11/16/2016) Starting a Private Practice. Highlands University.
(04/22/2016) Mindfulness based interventions for helpers. Turning Point Recovery.
(04/08/2016) Culturally sensitive work with non-traditional couples and individuals. Highlands University.
(02/26/2016) Starting a Private Practice. Highlands University.
(07/24/2015) Ethics, laws, and making sense of it all. Turning Point Recovery Center.
(06/26/2015) Ethics, laws, and making sense of it all. Highlands University.
(06/18/2015) Suicide Prevention for the LGBTQ Population. New Mexico ALGBTIC Conference.
(06/05/2015) Suicide Prevention for the LGBTQ Population. Albuquerque LGBTQ Consultation Group.
(05/01/2015) Suicide Prevention, Early Intervention, and Treatment. Turning Point Recovery Center.
(03/27/2015) Suicide Prevention, Early Intervention, and Treatment. Highlands University.
(01/30/2015) Ethics, laws, and making sense of it all . Turning Point Recovery Center.
(09/06/2014) Starting your own private practice. Families First Therapy.
(08/04/2014) Ethics, laws, and making sense of it all. Families First Therapy.
(06/02/2014) Developmental Impact of Psychological Trauma. Families First Therapy.
(05/02/2014) Suicide prevention, early intervention, and treatment. Families First Therapy.
(04/12/2014) Helping clients who are Suicidal and who Self-Harm.Open Skies Healthercare.
(03/21/2014) Starting your own private practice. Highlands University.
(02/10/2014) Interventions for CSWs to utilize in helping clients who are addicted. Open Skies Healthcare.
(02/03/2014) Introduction to Addictions. MCkinley County School District.
(11/07/2013) Introduction to Addictions. Juvenile Probation.
(02/15/2013) Developmental Impact of Psychological Trauma. Highlands University.
(11/13/2012) Update on substance abuse drugs of abuse. Juvenile Probation.
(11/02/2012) Update on substance abuse drugs of abuse. Juvenile Probation.
(08/10/2012) Suicide Risk and Protective Factors. Juvenile Probation.
(01/13/2012) Working with oppositional and defiant children. La Familia, Inc.
(12/14/2011) Play as communication. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(12/09/2011) The developmental impact of psychological trauma. Highlands University.
(09/15/2011) Suicide triage and risk factors. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/10/2011) Self care & burnout avoidance. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/10/2011) Confidentiality and Ethics. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/10/2011) Risk and Protective factors for mental health. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(08/17/2011) Practical interventions for helping children in TFC. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(07/27/2011) Psychotropic medication overview. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(05/06/2011) Stress-Diathesis Model. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(03/11/2011, 04/02/2011, 04/03/2011, 06/04/2011, & 06/05/2011) CYFD trauma training module. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(02/05/2011) Bullying and empathy development. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(02/03/2011) Attachment Model & Child Development. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(01/21/2011) Stress-disease model. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(01/07/2011) Self-care and burnout avoidance. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(12/03/2010 & 12/18/2010) CYFD trauma training module. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(12/17/2010) Trauma-based pathology and interventions. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(12/03/2010) Practical Interventions in working with children. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(10/22/2010) Neurosequential treatment model. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/25/2010 & 11/18/2010) Karin Purvis model. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/25/2010) Attachment-focused treatment with adolescents diagnosed with co-morbid addiction and trauma. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/24/2010) Using the attachment model with adolescents. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(09/02/2010) Working with adolescents with duel-diagnosis. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(08/06/2010 & 08/13/2010) Introduction to Addiction. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
(07/30/2010) Neurosequential treatment model. Namaste Child & Family Development Center.
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