RAFAEL HERRERA, DCSW, LCSW is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. He retired as Berkeley Social Welfare director of admissions in June 2010. He graduated from the School of Social Welfare in 1973 and has over 40 years of experience as a practitioner and administrator in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice.
Before coming to Berkeley in 1990, he served as the program director for the Highland Hospital Department of Psychiatry and as director of Alameda County's Community Crisis Response Program. He continues to deliver crisis intervention services to Alameda county residents with the Mobile Crisis Response Team, a program he developed for Alameda County Behavioral Heath Care.
Herrrera is active with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health. His teaching assignment usually includes SW 205, Psychopathology and Psychosocial Problems, SW 250C, Crisis Intervention and Brief Psychotherapy, and SW 250I Essential Spanish for Social Workers. Examples of his published works include Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for Latinos: An Examination of Three Practice Settings, (2001).