Background: René Gaitan is a first generation immigrant from El Salvador, immigrating with his mother during the civil war during the early 80’s. Professor Gaitan is also a first generation college graduate earning his Baccalaureate degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino and later his Master’s degree in Social Work from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
Interests: Critical incident debrief, Suicide postvention, Safety and child abuse prevention, Positive parenting, Substance and process addiction work.
Focus: Professor Gaitan has worked with social service agencies for local government, for-profit, and non-governmental organizations both in California and Texas and has facilitated trainings and workshops on topics which include:
- Critical incident debrief
- Suicide postvention
- Safety and child abuse prevention
- Positive parenting
- Substance and process addiction work
Professor Gaitan is licensed by the state of Texas as an LCSW, is a board approved Clinical Supervisor, holds certification in nonprofit management, and is the founder and CEO of Aegis Wellness Center, PLLC.
Fun-facts: A proud husband and father, Professor Gaitan enjoys volunteering through his local church and engaging in STAR WARS themed light-saber battles with his daughter and two nephews.