Benito Murguia, ASW #98786
Benito Murguia is an experiential mentor at Coyote Coast.
Benito previously worked 11 years for Kaplan Test Prep in which he provided guidance to individuals and families looking to pursue their career and educational goals, particularly in areas of attending college, obtaining advanced degrees, and becoming licensed professionals. His work with Kaplan began in Irvine, California and took him to Athens Georgia, San Diego California, and Sacramento CA, where in each city he worked with high school students, university students, international students, and their families.
Benito attended University of California at Santa Cruz. During summers, he worked as a Day Camp Counselor in Oakland CA. During this time he developed deep appreciation for the Bay Area and it's enriched life. This affinity with the Bay Area prompted him to move back to Oakland after being gone for 9 years.
In Oakland, Benito has volunteered as a group facilitator at Urban Peace Movement working with young men who are formerly incarcerated and are developing leadership skills to end violence within their communities. Benito has also coached with East Bay United soccer, Noll/Soll baseball and is a regular parent volunteer at St. Paul's Episcopal Elementary school. His recent volunteer work and past experience inspired him to obtain a Master's in Social Work, from California State East Bay MSW program.
During his time at CSU East Bay, Benito interned with Safe Passages, a non-profit community based organization in Oakland, where he worked with foster youth preparing to age out of the foster care system. Benito also interned with Alameda County Behavioral Health, working at the Guidance Clinic in the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. While at the Juvenile Hall he assisted in the development of the TAY (transitional age youth) pilot program, outlined by AB 1004. Benito appreciates and enjoys helping and mentoring young people to attain a sense of self, identity, and purpose as they move to individuate themselves in the world.
Supervised by: Alex Georgakopoulos, MFT #41883