Institute Programs & Resources

Our Institute is home to several valuable programs. Browse the options below to explore institute offerings. If you would like additional information regarding any of the Institute’s programs please don’t hesitate to contact us at (505) 830-1871.  MORE >

  • The Southwest Family Institute provides professional development and training opportunities to therapists on staff as well as to other mental health providers in the community. Dr. Susan Smith-Pierce serves as the Director of Professional Development and Training.  She coordinates and conducts regular trainings on a variety of topics, including specific treatment modalities, interventions for particular mental health…  MORE >

    The Southwest Family Institute provides professional development and training opportunities to therapists on staff as well as to other mental health providers in the community. Dr. Susan Smith-Pierce serves as the Director of Professional Development and Training.  She coordinates and conducts regular trainings on a variety of topics, including specific treatment modalities, interventions for particular mental health issues, best-practice standards for treatment of specific diagnoses, and ethical considerations in mental health. Participants in these trainings can NBCC certified CE hours.

    Agency Founder and President, Dr. Craig Pierce, provides continuing education trainings specifically in interpersonal neurobiology and trauma informed treatment for clinicians and educators.

    SWFGC also has several other staff members who offer trainings in multiple areas of expertise.

    For more information please call Nathan Hoge at (505) 830-1871

    Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6888. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

     

  • Roots of Empathy is an evidence based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a community parent and baby who visit the classroom nine times over the course of a school…  MORE >

    Roots of Empathy is an evidence based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a community parent and baby who visit the classroom nine times over the course of a school year. A trained instructor coaches the students to observe the baby’s development and label the baby’s feelings.

    In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher”, and a catalyst to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of other-empathy. The instructor also visits the classroom before and after each Family Visit to reinforce teachings, for a total of 27 Roots of Empathy Classes. Roots of Empathy is based in Canada and delivers the program all over the world in over ten countries including the US, where the program is offered in only 5 cities, including Albuquerque.

    In 2014, Southwest Family Guidance Center, partnered with Roots of Empathy to bring the program into our schools. Roots of Empathy is currently provided in several schools in APS and Rio Rancho in dozens of classrooms. The program starts in September each year and runs until May. Roots of Empathy is always seeking both volunteer instructors (who will be trained and visit a local classroom 27 times over the year, donating about 100 hours of their time per school year) and family volunteers (a family that has welcomed a baby in May, June, or July and will visit a local classroom just 9 times over the school year). If you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering as an instructor or family, please be in touch with the Roots of Empathy Coordinator, Courtney Custer at (505 ) 301 3036 or ccuster.swfgc@gmail.com.

  • The Southwest Family Institute houses our Speakers Bureau. Speakers are available upon request for a variety of topics. Our Speakers Bureau is now accepting applications. If you are interested in becoming a speaker or trainer please fill out this brief survey. Click here to take survey As an experienced speaker on parenting and leadership, Dr.…  MORE >

    The Southwest Family Institute houses our Speakers Bureau. Speakers are available upon request for a variety of topics.

    Our Speakers Bureau is now accepting applications. If you are interested in becoming a speaker or trainer please fill out this brief survey. Click here to take survey

    As an experienced speaker on parenting and leadership, Dr. Pierce has spoken to various organizations in the community including Bosque Prep Day School, several Albuquerque Public Schools, CYFD, and the YMCA.  He was also recently featured as a guest on both an anti-Bullying panel and a teen suicide prevention panel on KNME television (excerpts below).

    Dr. Pierce On Anti-Bullying

    Dr. Pierce and his highly trained staff are available to speak on a variety of topics ranging from parenting to leadership, education to The Attunetion® Approach. For more information on The Attunetion® Approach, please click here.

    Dr. Pierce On Teen Suicide Prevention

    To learn more about our Speakers Bureau, please contact Nathan Hoge at (505) 830-1871

  • Personal Growth, Motivation, & Parenting The Attunetion® Approach, created by Dr. Craig Pierce, is a simple yet powerful approach designed to positively impact individuals, families, and the world by calling on people to tune in to what matters most. Attunetion® is the crossroads where paying attention and tuning in meet. After many years in the…  MORE >

    Personal Growth, Motivation, & Parenting

    The Attunetion® Approach, created by Dr. Craig Pierce, is a simple yet powerful approach designed to positively impact individuals, families, and the world by calling on people to tune in to what matters most. Attunetion® is the crossroads where paying attention and tuning in meet. After many years in the fields of psychology, education, and business, Dr. Pierce has noticed an epidemic of distraction, multitasking, and lack of empathy that is leading to serious negative outcomes for children, families, and out culture.

    It is not enough to just pay attention to the many pieces of information and tasks that demand and divide our attention each day. We must tune in to what really matters in order to prevent negative outcomes and ensure enriched, fulfilled lives for our children and ourselves.

    The Attunetion® Approach involves just three steps that can transform your life. Attunetion® means paying attention to the right thing…at the right time…and in the right way. The Attunetion® Approach can be applied to any aspect of life, from parenting to business, health to education. As an expert in parenting and education, Dr. Pierce is presenting the Attunetion® Model to parents and educators in New Mexico and Colorado.

     

  • This new and exciting program is currently under development. Please check back—more information coming soon.

    This new and exciting program is currently under development.
    Please check back—more information coming soon.

  • Southwest Family Guidance Center offers an internship program for Masters level graduate students in counseling and social work. At this time our internship program is only available in our Albuquerque office. Directed by Claire Kyllo, LCSW, our internship program provides clinical experience in suicide/crisis risk assessment of children and adolescents, office-based counseling with children, adolescents, families,…  MORE >

    Southwest Family Guidance Center offers an internship program for Masters level graduate students in counseling and social work. At this time our internship program is only available in our Albuquerque office. Directed by Claire Kyllo, LCSW, our internship program provides clinical experience in suicide/crisis risk assessment of children and adolescents, office-based counseling with children, adolescents, families, couples and adults, and ongoing individual and group supervision. Our interns also have the opportunity to participate in our Roots of Empathy and Thriving Kids Programs. Interns are welcome and encouraged to participate in all agency clinical trainings.

    Here’s what some of our past interns had to say about their experience working with us:

    “Interning with Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute further confirmed my passion for helping others and my desire to learn more about how to be an effective social worker. I was fortunate to have site supervisors who were dedicated to mentoring a new person into the profession, ensuring positive growth for the future. The evaluation feedback I received from my supervisor allowed me to grow, not only on an academia level, but also on a personal level. The internship opportunities at Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute far exceeded my expectations.”
     Ivonne Riley, 2015 –2016 MSW New Mexico Highlands University. 

    The internship program at Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute was instrumental in preparing me for professional practice. My clinical supervisor Claire Kyllo, LISW was instrumental in my professional development, helping me to identify my abilities and support their development. Claire was always there to “lift me up,” with her strengths-based approach, relaxed manner, and inimitable humor. No matter how thorny the clinical problem, Claire cut to the heart of it with insight and wisdom while supporting me in taking a proactive, positive approach. Interning with Southwest Family Guidance Center was an invaluable experience and I cannot recommend it more highly!
    -Margot Feldvebel, 2014 – 2015 MSW New Mexico State University.

    “My internship experience at Southwest Family Guidance Center was a wonderful one. All the staff there is very inviting, professional, and extremely helpful. The supervision is the best I have had during internships, and the range of jobs and trainings was so helpful for future careers.” —Monique Baca, Intern 2011-2012

    “As an intern with SWFGC I was able to expand my knowledge and experience with assessment as well as evidence-based theory interventions. The therapists and supervisors at SWFGC were always helpful and appreciated all the hard work interns do! A great place to get your feet wet with clients and therapy!” —Breeann Wilkinson, 2011-2012 MSW Intern from NMSU-Albuquerque

  • The Radical Empathy Now campaign is an evolution of the life work and dreams of Dr. Craig Pierce. Dr. Pierce founded Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute in 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to provide child and family therapy in the high needs state with the mission of promoting healing and transformation for the clients and…  MORE >

    The Radical Empathy Now campaign is an evolution of the life work and dreams of Dr. Craig Pierce. Dr. Pierce founded Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute in 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to provide child and family therapy in the high needs state with the mission of promoting healing and transformation for the clients and community his agency serves.

    His passion for improving the lives of others inspired him to write his first book, Parenting without Distraction: The Attunetion Approach. The book is dedicated to helping those with children to parent with greater confidence, ease and love. The Attunetion Approach calls upon us all to stop, pay attention and tune in to what matters most in our lives. Only then can we determine the Right Thing, Right Time and Right Way to approach what is most valuable to us in order to achieve our desired outcomes; whether it be in relation to parenting, or any other aspect of our lives.

    Visit The Radical Empathy Now Website 

  • Parenting Without Distraction: The Attunetion Approach by Dr. Craig Pierce Ph.D. Raising kids has always been a balancing act. Yet parents today face an unprecedented level of distractions at home and at work that compete for their time and fracture their attention. In the process, today’s fast-paced, hectic world is edging out our ability to…  MORE >

    pwdParenting Without Distraction:
    The Attunetion Approach

    by Dr. Craig Pierce Ph.D.

    Raising kids has always been a balancing act. Yet parents today face an unprecedented level of distractions at home and at work that compete for their time and fracture their attention. In the process, today’s fast-paced, hectic world is edging out our ability to be fully present parents, and it’s seeping into our relationships with our children.

    The Attunetion Approach: Parenting Without Distraction provides simple steps to help you pay attention to the right thing, at the right time, and in the right way for you and your children. It’s a book that is as inspiring as it is practical, brimming with real-life examples, and filled with helpful tools from Dr. Pierce’s experiences as the founder of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute. In short, it’s designed to help you focus on what matters most so that you can parent with greater confidence, ease and love.

    Publication Date: Feb 08 2013
    ISBN/EAN13: 0615703607 / 9780615703602
    LCCN: 2012917871
    Page Count: 146
    Binding Type: US Trade Paper
    Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
    Language: English
    Color: Black and White with Bleed
    Related Categories: Self-Help / General

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    Interview (KASA FOX2) About Attunetion

    ptgParenting Through Grief:
    The Attunetion Approach

    by Dr. Craig Pierce Ph.D.

    When someone in the family dies, everyone’s world is turned upside down. Getting through the pain of your own loss while having to attend to the needs of your kids, who are also grieving, is an incredible challenge. Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach provides a framework for how to navigate parenting in the shadow of loss. The Attunetion Approach helps you to pay attention and tune into what matters most. With simple strategies to help you connect with your family during this difficult and painful time, Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach provides the comfort of knowing you can still parent with confidence and love.

    Publication Date: Jul 16 2014
    ISBN/EAN13: 1497450268 / 9781497450264
    Page Count: 92
    Binding Type: US Trade Paper
    Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
    Language: English
    Color: Black and White with Bleed
    Related Categories: Self-Help/Death, Grief, Bereavement

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  • Valuable resources for youth, parents, families, and clinicians. Collaborating Partners Children’s Grief Center: childrensgrief.org New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Partnership (NMCAPP): nmcapp.unm.edu The Center for Journal Therapy: journaltherapy.com The New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD): cyfd.org Roots of Empathy: rootsofempathy.org Center for Effective Interventions: msudenver.edu/cei Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico: rapecrisiscnm.org Family Resources Alliance To Prevent…  MORE >

    Valuable resources for youth, parents, families, and clinicians.

    Collaborating Partners

    Children’s Grief Center: childrensgrief.org
    New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Partnership (NMCAPP): nmcapp.unm.edu
    The Center for Journal Therapy: journaltherapy.com
    The New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD): cyfd.org
    Roots of Empathy: rootsofempathy.org
    Center for Effective Interventions: msudenver.edu/cei
    Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico: rapecrisiscnm.org

    Family Resources

    Alliance To Prevent Sexual Harm By Youth: apshy.org
    Attunetion: attunetion.com
    Blueprints Programs: blueprintsprograms.com
    Children’s Grief Center: childrensgrief.org
    New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Partnership (NMCAPP): nmcapp.unm.edu
    Pull Together: pulltogether.org
    The Center for Journal Therapy: journaltherapy.com
    Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico: rapecrisiscnm.org
    NM Crisis & Access Line: nmcrisisline.com