Southwest Cares is comprised of a group of extremely talented and dedicated independently-licensed behavioral health clinicians. Read more about our clinicians below.
Christine Fila, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Christine Fila began her career as a teacher of children with special needs, earning her Master’s of Education in Special Education from Boston College in 1980. She worked as a rehabilitation teacher and community educator at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and as an instructor and case manager at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. She returned to school to earn her certification as a Mental Health Counselor from Suffolk University in 1985. With this certification, she began working at the Stavros Center for Independent Living, where she served a severely disabled population. She worked extensively with MRDD populations, adult dual-diagnosis populations, severely-disabled adults and children, and populations with terminal illnesses for over ten years at various agencies in Massachusetts. In 1996, she partnered with the Massachusetts Health Research Institute to develop curriculum and facilitate workshops on living well with epilepsy, aimed at public safety and health-care personnel.
She moved to New Mexico to work on her Master’s degree of Social Work, which she earned from New Mexico Highlands University in 2010. Fila continued her work with in-need populations while working on her degree. She provided counseling to non-traditional students at New Mexico State University while studying there, in addition to working with at-risk children and children in the foster care system. Since obtaining her MSW, Fila continues to provide counseling and clinical services to in Albuquerque and Silver City, NM, focusing on disabled adults and children, among other in-need populations. Fila continues to work as an advocate and service coordinator for persons with disabilities, the medically fragile, the under-served, and culturally-diverse populations.