This month’s people that “echo” recognizes Alberto Durazo. It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of all Americans ages 15 to 54 experience a psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives. He is a strong advocate for people who struggle with mental health issues. “I can honestly say working in the field of mental health can be a challenging but also a very rewarding career. I enjoy helping children, adults, and families in my community. It is often challenging as our community often lacks the resources to help these families,” said Alberto Durazo. He has extensive experience working in the field of behavioral health. He has been working this field for over 20 years.
Alberto Durazo has a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from the Universidad de Sonora with a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Mexico. He started his career in behavioral health working in Hermosillo Sonora for the Carlos Nava Hospital with substance abuse and severe mentally ill patients.He later moved to Nogales, Arizona where he first started working for SEABHS as a case manager.
After SEABHS left the area in 2010, he started working for Pinal Hispanic Council as a therapist for children and adults.Mr. Durazo is the current clinical supervisor for Pinal Hispanic Council. He oversees 9 clinical staff at the Nogales site. “I am extremely grateful to all my staff Melody Gastelum, Lillian Oropesa, Barbara Maldonado, Edna Olea, Cristal Olmos, Maria Villa, Gabriela Robles, Erika Mezquita, Hugo Robles, Cesar Grijalva, Jose Luis Robles y Rene Grijalva for all their efforts in working with our members and helping our community,” said Alberto Durazo.
Durazo is originally from Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico. He was brought up in a humble low-income household. He clearly remembers how his parents struggled with making ends meet, which inspired him to seek higher education. Alberto Durazo has been happily married for 6 years to Jany Mendez. He has two children a boy 6 years-old attending kinder at Coronado School a daughter 4 years-old attending preschool in Rio Rico. He is a supportive parent involved in his son’s school. He attends all meetings, fundraisers, and events. “We find it fulfilling to work in the field of mental health because we see first hand directly the positive impact we have on others. Our goal is to provide our community with the resources they need to make their lives better,” said Alberto Durazo.
Alberto Durazo Clinical Supervisor for Pinal Hispanic Council