Martha Mendes, BSW, CASUDC
Martha, born and raised in Mexico, moved with her family to the U.S. 16 years ago. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Utah and is currently working on her Master's in Social Work with emphasis in Mental Health. As a Certified Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor and a Sexual Assault Counselor, she hopes to better serve and understand individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and Trauma. She served as an undergraduate intern at Recovery Works, which is an Intensive Outpatient Program, at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). While working at Recovery Works, she noticed that many participants had experienced sexual assault, and this sparked her interest for trauma. Martha is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Intervention Development, at the University of Utah, and is passionate about working in research. She plans to get her Ph.D. after getting her LCSW.
Volunteering is highly important for Martha. She has volunteered, as a Governor and patient representative, in the Board of Governors at the Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC). She is also an affiliated member of Voices of Diversity, at the University of Utah. Martha was an active member of the Social Work Student Association at the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), and helped organize and kick start the first SLCC food pantry for students.
Martha is multilingual and she loves to experience life in different cultures. She has lived in Mexico, Portugal, France, and the U.S. Living in different countries has helped her expand her worldview, and understand that you can never be culturally competent. However, you can be open to learning and with respectful curiosity you can better understand many cultures and worldviews.
In her spare time, Martha enjoys spending time watching her two children grow vigorously by exploring their surroundings and discovering new things about the world and skills about themselves. Martha and her spouse are passionate travelers and explorers. They go to the movie theater as often as possible and take great pleasure in trying out new restaurants or cooking at home. Martha also enjoys organizing dinners, parties, and "carne asada" with all of her family. She considers her family to be a great part of her life and support system.