Hector is a clinical child & youth care practitioner who has provided practical learning opportunities to people of all ages and in various roles and settings. He has an extensive history of cultivating and leading teams to excel under very challenging conditions. Hector is currently in private practice in Maine.
Hector began work as a child care worker in residential treatment centers, then continued onto psychiatric hospital settings. He is able to understand the intensity and demands of working in a therapeutic milieu. As he later moved into supervisory, management, administrative, and now consultative positions, he brought with him the knowledge of the challenges that face practitioners as they discover ways to improve their effectiveness, stamina, and fulfillment.
Hector has worked in other settings including therapeutic recreation, therapeutic foster care for adjudicated youth, community mental health, and national social service corporations. He has consulted in risk management, quality assurance, & new program start-ups. This included designing, implementing, monitoring, and maintaining programs for diverse populations as well as recruiting, training, and retention of competent staff. More recently his experience has extended into early childhood development as a Mental Health Consultant for Head Start Centers.
He is an adjunct faculty with the University of Maine and conducts extensive community-based training that includes the Youth Thrive Framework and the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course. He has consulted with local organizations on team development where he provided an organic strategic approach to improve results-oriented performance. Hector is the Treasurer of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice.