Stela Risto, TCM/CBRS
BA Psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho
Graduating in December 2020 as a Master of Social Work, from Northwest Nazarene University
Stela Risto received her undergraduate degree in psychology, from Brigham Young University-Idaho. While in her undergraduate program, she interned at Madison Junior High School in Rexburg, Idaho. While there, Stela was responsible to teach life skills classes to students and present on new online programs that would assist students to find tools that would help them achieve their future goals. The second internship completed was with The Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony, Idaho. While there, Stela was responsible for teaching life skills classes to juveniles, identifying community resources for them and their families, and preparing documents for court hearings.
After graduating with her Psychology degree in 2011, Stela started working for High Country Behavioral Health, for whom she continues to work today. Stela has provided targeted case management in which she has coordinated different services that would meet the client’s physical and behavioral needs and advocated, and facilitated, for clients with providers and community resources. In addition, Stela has provided community-based rehabilitation services as a CBRS, in which she has provided life skills training to her clients, aimed at symptom management. Stela has also provided several crisis interventions where she has successfully identified the problem, ensured the client’s safety, and supported the clients emotionally and informationally. In addition, Stela has had the experience of leading adolescent groups while teaching life skills in an effort to help them manage their symptoms.
In 2018 Stela started her graduate degree in master of social work from Northwest Nazarene University and will graduate in December 2020 with an MSW. During her graduate program, Stela was able to complete two internships, one with The Behavioral Health Center, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Idaho Falls that serves individuals who are struggling with a variety of mental illnesses. While there, Stela had the opportunity to gain experience in an individualized manner, since the inpatient services were provided in four different programs, based on age and symptom severity. Stela learned and understood the importance of meeting the individual needs of the patients and not generalizing because of diagnosis.
The second internship was completed with High Country Behavioral Health where Stela provided Pro-bono counseling for individuals struggling with ADHD, PTSD, OCD, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Stela has used motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), somatic practices like polyvagal theory, and mindfulness exercises. Stela is looking forward to continuing to serve her clients through these therapeutic theories and be trained in more.