Mila Tecala is widely recognized as an international authority counseling persons who have experienced a personal loss. She understands the grieving processes which follows both individual and catastrophic events.
Mila possesses a rare combination of academic and counseling skills developed during more than thirty years of clinical experience in treating patients and families facing life threatening illnesses,death and other losses. She has served as Clinical Director for the St. Francis Institute (now the Wendt Loss Counseling Center) and has held positions as Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University Medical School and as a Consultant to the United States Peace Corps. She was also consultant to the nationally televised documentary film "Joan Robinson: One Woman's Story." She served as Consultant to the Philippine government following the 1990 Philippine Earthquake where she trained mental health professionals on disaster intervention.
She has lectured extensively around the United States and abroad, appeared on radio and television programs, and served as a consultant to the Health and Human Services Publication: The Breast Cancer Digest and Coping with Cancer. A prolific author, Ms. Tecala has written articles, published in professional literature, and has co-authored a book on Grief and Loss intended to help attorneys and mental health professionals better understand their client's/patient's needs.
She was the Chapter Social Worker of the year (Metropolitan D.C. Chapter, NASW) in 1999 and the NASW National Social Worker of the year in 2000.
Mila is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Social Work Today magazine.
Mila is a graduate of the School of Social Work, University of Michigan and is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Virginia.