Kathryn Page joined Canal Alliance in October, 2009 to provide a weekly Wellness Recovery Action Plan group in Spanish, under contract with Family Service Agency. Since then CA’s mental health services have expanded to include three ongoing support groups, brief interventions for individuals, couples and families, two promotoras projects, (one in domestic violence, the other in mental health and substance abuse), and child development classes for young moms (with Heidi Willetts). Most recently she sparked an additional project to research, develop and implement an intervention to help reunited immigrant families overcome potentially destructive difficulties.
A few of Kathy’s past positions include guidance and assessment consultant for the San Lorenzo School District; clinical director of Family Education Foundation in San Jose, where she developed and implemented programs for at-risk youth and pregnant/parenting teens; disability coordinator for the high school at Juvenile Hall in Santa Clara County; learning disabilities specialist on the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court team.
Of particular interest to her is the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, prompted by her experiences as the adoptive parent of an affected child. She wrote grants for, founded and was clinical director for FASD diagnostic clinics at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and in Lassen County. She still does trainings on the subject for the State of California’s Alcohol and Drug Programs.
Kathy brings to this position at Canal Alliance a wide variety of interests and experiences. As an intern in Stanford’s Psychiatry Department she gained training in hypnotherapy, political trauma (did research in Mexico after an assassination), and (principally) addiction treatment. Her approach to mental health weaves together cultural, neurological, spiritual, body and family aspects into brief interventions—these interventions include communication coaching, active listening, psychoeducation, crisis intervention, and calming techniques.
Marin County is in Kathy’s blood, as two of her grandparents and both parents grew up here (and went to Tamalpais High!). The Latino culture is too, since she spent three happy years in South America. And justice, reform and community have always driven her personally and professionally. It’s no wonder she feels so at home at Canal Alliance.