Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Amanda Blanco Carranza
Languages: English and Spanish
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Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Amanda Blanco Carranza
Languages: English and Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).
  • Master of Arts – Research in Forensic Psychology (University of British Columbia)
  • Master in Health and Clinical Psychology (Universidad Europea de Madrid)

Amanda studied her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During her university years, her interests focused on the clinical and forensic fields. Her interest in the latter led her to do her practicum at a penitentiary center, where she worked with a group of inmates carrying out a psychoeducational program that provided training on communication, social, and behavioral skills, as well as emotional management. This experience stimulated her to continue her training in this field of Psychology.

Amanda knows first-hand the experience of being an expatriate. Once she finished her Bachelor’s degree, motivated by getting to know other cultures, improving her English, and continuing her education, she moved to Canada, where she lived and worked for 6 years.

During her stay in Canada, she had the opportunity to meet people from different countries, cultures and religions, which allowed her to broaden her experience with diversity and familiarized herself with different ways of living. She studied her Master’s degree doing research at the University of British Columbia, where she worked with the forensic team of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law (CAPSL). Her Master’s thesis focused on researching the relationship between intimate partner violence and non-suicidal self-injury. During her Master’s, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant for several courses.

After finishing her Master’s, she moved to Vancouver, where she collaborated as a crisis frontline worker with two organizations that assisted female victims of gender violence and sexual assault. In these organizations, she received training and accumulated experience with front-line attention services (women’s shelter and 24-hours crisis line). She also got trained in addictions with Vancouver Coastal Health, where she volunteered facilitating support groups for people with addiction problems.

As Amanda describes, her years in Canada were a period of great personal and professional development. However, the path she had to walk was not easy. Amanda experienced first-hand the challenges and difficulties one has to face when studying and working in another country (different language, different culture, different educational system, etc.), so she has a good understanding of adaptation difficulties and the psychological and emotional changes associated with living in a new environment.

When she returned to Madrid, she resumed her studies in Clinical Psychology. She received training on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and couples’ therapy, and started collaborating with Asociación Mujeres Unidas contra el Maltrato doing therapy with female victims of gender violence. In 2016, she started her Masters in Health and Clinical Psychology at Universidad Europea de Madrid, where she was selected to work at SINEWS as a practicum student being supervised by Dr. Gema Rubio. We couldn’t let her go after the fantastic work she did during her practicum so we hired her as soon as she finished her Masters.

Amanda intends to keep updated about new advances on psychological evaluation and intervention techniques through a periodic training process in order to offer therapy from an integrative approach.

  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Madrid, Spain. Sept 2004 – June 2009
  • Master of Arts: Forensic Psychology (focus on Intimate Partner Violence). Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. University of British Columbia – Kelowna, Canada. Sept 2011 – Sept 2013
    • Experience conducting research: literature review, research design, data collection, statistical analyses, interpretation of results
    • Extensive training on research methodologies and statistical analyses
    • Researched and assessed self-harming behaviors in victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence
    • Conducted interviews and administered self-report measures to victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence
    • Trained on forensic assessment reports and assessment instruments for the Courts
    • Presented research findings at several conferences
    • Attended workshops on deception detection, psychopathy, and partner violence.
  • Máster Universitario en Psicología General Sanitaria. Universidad Europea – Madrid, Spain. Oct 2016 – Jun 2018
  • Clinical Psychologist. SINEWS Multilingual Therapy Institute – Madrid, Spain. Jan 2018 – Present
    • Individual therapy (in person/online) in English and Spanish with adult patients of different nationalities.
    • Talks and workshops on mental health (anxiety, depression, stress management, etc.) and culture shock for students and professionals (faculty, business).
    • Currently working with CEMFI and IE MBA students.
  • Clinical Psychologist. Yachay Psicología – Madrid, Spain. Jan 2019 – Present
    • Individual therapy (in person/online) in English and Spanish with adult patients from different parts of the world.
  • Psychologist (Practicum student). Asociación CUPIF – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Penitentiary Center Madrid VI – Aranjuez, Spain. Nov 2008 – June 2009
    • Facilitated a weekly educational program with a group of 20 inmates
    • Conducted individual interviews and took part in the selection process for the program
    • Reviewed inmates’ criminal histories and assess their needs in consultation with the penitentiary psychologist
    • Assisted with the enhancement of communicative, social, and behavioral skills, emotional management, and employment skills
    • Provided psychological support in individual sessions
    • Wrote periodical reports for the Treatment Board
    • Monitored penitentiary permissions (calls and meeting with inmates; report writing)
  • Psychologist (volunteer position). Asociación MUM (Mujeres Unidas contra el Maltrato) – Madrid, Spain. June 2015 – June 2017
    • Psychological therapy with victims of intimate partner violence
    • Volunteer and Practicum Coordinator (Sept 2015 – Oct 2016): coordinated and organized volunteers in the different services of the organization (psychological therapy, legal advise, working advise), provided training on intimate partner violence to the new volunteers and practicum students, interviewed and selected new volunteers.
  • Psychologist – Group therapy: Addictions (volunteer position). Vancouver Coastal Health – Vancouver, Canada. Oct 2014 – May 2015
    • Facilitated weekly support groups for individuals with addictive behaviors following the SMART Recovery Program: self-empowering, science-based approach that encourages independence from addictive behaviors through and abstinence-based program.
    • Trained on facilitating groups for individuals with addictive behaviors.
    • Trained on addictions: development of problem substance use, biopsychology of addictions, early risk factors, recovery process, harm reduction, public health, and social policy.
  • Crisis Frontline Worker (volunteer position). Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) – Vancouver, Canada. Jan 2015 – May 2015
    • Provided assistance in the 24h crisis line and shelter for women victims of sexual abuse.
    • Assessed safety and needs of crisis line callers, provided emotional support, practical assistance, information, and referrals.
  • Crisis Frontline Worker (volunteer position). Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter (VRRWS) – Vancouver, Canada. May 2014 – Oct 2014
    • Provided assistance in the 24h crisis line and shelter for women experiencing abuse or escaping violence
    • Assessed safety and needs of crisis line callers, provided emotional support, practical assistance, information, and referrals
    • Provided assistance with translation to women with language barriers (immigration documents, medical appointments, shelter meetings
  • Instructor. Schiller International University. November 2019 – Present
    • Teaching General Psychology (in person and online)
    • Blackboard and Blackboard collaborate.
  • Instructor. Saint Louise University Madrid. Sept 2018 – Dec 2018
    • Teaching Health Psychology (4000-level course).
  • Teaching Assistant. University of British Columbia – Kelowna, Canadá. Sept 2011 – April 2013
    • Teaching assistant for various courses: Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Biopsychology.
    • Functions: invigilated and marked exams and assignments for 120-290 students per course, provided assistance designing and developing questions for the exams, provided assistance with studying tips and clarification of the material before exams, explained exam answers in class and discussed the grading scheme, uploaded class material and grades to the university online platform (Blackboard).
  • Expert in Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. (Ongoing. Oct 2018 - Jun 2022). Escuela de Psicoterapia y Psicodrama. Madrid, España.
  • Expert in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy taught by Dr. Hugo Bleichmar. (Oct 2018 - Jun 2019). Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Madrid, España.
  • Sand Box Technique. Trauma and Resilience. (Sept 2016). Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
  • Care of the Psychotherapist. (May-June 2016). Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
  • Expert in Couples Therapy (Sept 2015-June 2016). Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
  • EMDR Level I (Oct 2015). Asociación E.M.D.R. España. Madrid, Spain.
  • Understanding drugs and addiction (March-April 2015). Coursera - King’s College London, University of London.
  • Blanco Carranza, A. (2013). Non-suicidal self-injury in unidirectional and bidirectional intimate partner violence (Master’s Thesis) University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada.
  • Blanco Carranza, A., Langille, J.I., & Walsh, Z. (June 2013). Non-suicidal self-injury in victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Poster presented the Canadian Psychology Association (CPA). Quebec, Canada.
  • Peters, L.R., Langille, J.I., Blanco Carranza, A., Okano, M., & Walsh, Z. (Mar 2013). Bidirectional Versus Unidirectional Intimate Partner Violence: The Roles of Personality and Psychopathy. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law society (AP-LS). Portland, EEUU.
  • Blanco Carranza, A., Walsh, Z., & Swogger, M. T. (June 2012). Self-directed violence and IPV perpetration: the roles of psychopathy and emotion dysregulation. Poster presented at the conference "Intimate Partner Violence: Innovations in the Field" en Rochester University. New York, EEUU.
  • Blanco Carranza, A., Wallis, C. R. D., Jonnson, M. R., Klonsky, E. D., & Walsh, Z. (2020). Nonsuicidal self-injury and intimate partner violence: Directionality of violence and motives for self-injury. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 88626052092237. doi:10.1177/0886260520922372
  • Bilingüe Español-inglés
  • Español – nativo.
  • Inglés – nivel bilingüe (6 años estudiando y trabajando en Canadá; 3 años trabajando en inglés en el ámbito clínico y docente en Madrid).

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