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Posted January 31, 2013

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Highland Social Workers Publish Again in Resource Book for Educators

Ramirez and Elizalde recognized for their knowledge of gang intervention.

Timothea Elizalde (left) and Gilbert Ramirez are published authors for the third time.

Highland High School social workers Gilbert Ramirez and Timothea Elizalde continue to be recognized for their field work in gang intervention. So much so, in fact, that the colleagues recently were published for the third time. 

Ramirez and Elizalde contributed a chapter to “The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, 2nd Edition,” published by Oxford University Press last November. Their chapter is entitled, “Effective Intervention with Gangs and Gang Members.” Their first edition of this chapter was published in 2006. It was re-published in 2008 in a small companion book. 

“This is our third co-publication and the chapter we were invited to submit was based on our work with gang-involved youth,” Ramirez said. “The chapter we submitted provides a ‘how-to’ approach to working with students in a school setting who may be gang-involved and includes a vast array of assessment tools and supports to help mental health professionals as to how to approach implementing support services for this population of students.” 

Ramirez has been assigned to Highland for all 13 years of his career with APS. Elizalde has been there 18 years as an employee, plus two years in her graduate field practicum. 

Ramirez and Elizalde say they have seen various degrees of success in the students they have worked with. That includes students who have graduated from high school, gone on to college and “established themselves in the working community of Albuquerque.” A number of them are now raising their own families. 

The duo will present their work at the New Mexico National Association of Social Workers Chapter annual conference in February.

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