In My Backyard
In My Backyard
Season 2: Episode #5 - STORIES: Debbie Lambert and Saira Patina

Today’s podcast is the third installment of the “In My Backyard” series: STORIES. Patricia speaks with Guidance Center staff members, Debbie Lambert and Saira Patino. Debbie has been with The Guidance Center for over 20 years, as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, a clinician, and now as the Supervisor of the agency’s Intensive Care Coordination Services. Saira is a clinician in our Long Beach Intensive Services program. Both serve the children and families facing the greatest struggles within the outpatient system of care. In today’s episode, they will discuss what in their life inspired them to pursue a career in community mental health and share the routines they incorporate into their lives to maintain a sense of self-care in such demanding roles. 

In My Backyard is brought to you by The Guidance Center, a children’s mental health agency in Long Beach, CA. In My Backyard is produced by Tricia Costales and Matthew Murray. Thank you to Jay Vincent B for original music. All other music licensed through SoundStripe. Thank you to our listeners and supporters.

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