Credentials

Efren Ramirez M.D.

Psychiatrist, Medical Doctor License #1931 (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)

Experience

1966-1967

Narcotics Coordinator, NYC

1967-1968

Commissioner, Addiction Services Agency, Human Resources Administration - City of New York

1968-1980

Private practice in General Psychiatry, NYC

1981-2017

Private practice of General Psychiatry for adolesecents and adults in San Juan

Groups with substance abuse problems and Lithium-Dificient Attention Deficit Spectrum Disorders.

Education

1950-1954

School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico (Founding Class)
M.D Degree (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society)

1954-1955

Straight Medical Internship, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, NYC

1958-1961

Psychiatric Residency, Center for Training and Research - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

1974-1976

Private Training in Theory and Practice of Jungeian Analytical Psychology, including a two-year training analysis with Dr. Margit Vonk Leight-Frank, a disciple of Carl G. Jung.

Programs

1961

Founder Centro De Investigaciones Sobre la Adiccion

The first professionally supervised therapeutic community for addicts in the Western Hemisphere. The model included former addicts as members of the therapeutic team for the first time.

1967

Founder - Phoenix House Therapuertic Communities Program

A multi-ethnic adaptation of the therapeutic community model for urban drug addicts.

1967-1968

Founder and first Commissioner, Addiction Services Agency - NYC

First city wide attempt to adapt the therapeutic community concept developed in the CISLA Project.

1968-2006

Founding Member and Psychiatric Consultant, Hogar CREA, Inc.

The first private, non-profit community based therapeutic community for addicts in Puerto Rico.

1976-1981

Program Developer and Coordinator of Hogar CREA in the continental USA

Trained the community steering committee in charge of the first bi-lingual residential program for addicts.

1999-2017

Director, Ambulatory Therapeutic Community of Ocean Park

ADDAPR Foundation

ConsultS

1966

Trained and advised Dr. Judianne Densen Gerber in the development of Odyssey House, an adaptation of the CISLA project to NYC

1970-1979

Worked in program development and design, and trainind of therapeutic teams for several Metropolitan New York Agencies: New Block Communities Inc., East Harlem Tenants Council, Metropolitan Council, Exodus House and Daytop VIllage, Interfaith Hospital, NY, Training for Living Institute, Archdioceses of Brooklyn, Suny College at Old Westbury, NY, P.R.O.M.E.S.A., S. Bronx

1976

Psychiatric Consultant to the Government of the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua for the development of Hogar CREA programs.

1978-1982

Training, Evaluation and Prevention Consultant, ASPIRA of America, Inc., Drug prevention and vocational orientation for Hispanic adolescent drop-outs in Chicago, NY, NJ, PA, FL, and Puerto Rico.

1981-1983

Prevention Consultant, ASPIRA of Puerto Rico, Inc., RESCATE Project, Program succeeded in reintegrating 90% of young drop-outs to study or work tracks.

1981-1985

Consultant, Hogar CREA International Inc., providing technical assistance for the CREA TC model in the Dominican Republic, US, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, and Spain.

1984

Consultant, Pontifical Council of the Family, Vatican City State, in the application of the TC model to drug and criminality prevention at the parish level.

1986-1990

Assistant, Secretary of Health for Mental Health of Puerto Rico.

1989

Completed and filed the Comprehensive State Mental Health Plan (pursuant to Public Law 99-660 of 1986). Plan was to be considered by the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico.

1990

Participate with 18 other world-wide specialists on drug abuse in a summit conference convened by the Vatican City's Pontifical Council of the Family.

1993-2017

Medical Director and Principal Investigator Ambulatory Therapeutic Community of Ocean Park.