Instructor of Human Services
Carlos has extensive knowledge and experience in health and human services as well as prevention, education, treatment, advocacy, and community and civic engagement. His experience encompasses working with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice System, the Public and Community Health System, the Public Education System, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Problem Gambling, Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery.
During his 25 years of working in the field, he trained and educated thousands of community health providers, addiction and mental health providers, pubic school faculty, gaming industry officials, law enforcement officers, government officials, legislators, and lay audiences both statewide in Connecticut and nationally on the topics of substance abuse prevention, mental health promotion, advocacy, cultural competency, and community engagement.
Carlos has been a consultant, facilitator and trainer with the Courage to Speak Foundation for the past 10 years and a lead facilitator with the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) since 2000. In addition, Carlos has been a Youth Sports Coach for the past 17 years.
Carlos holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in a dual major of Psychology and Human Services, with additional certifications and training in Behavioral Health Care, Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, Problem Gambling, Addiction, Recovery Coaching, Gerontology and Mental Health First Aid. Carlos is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Carlos is married to his wonderful wife of 24 years and they are the parents of 4 beautiful children.
“I am truly grateful to be back home in Bridgeport where I was born and raised and at Housatonic where I was a student in the Human Services and Behavioral Health Care Certificate Program. I have worked in the health and human services, addiction and mental health field for the past 25 years and I owe it to Housatonic for giving me the foundation and knowledge early on. I have always had a passion and love for helping and serving others and Housatonic helped guide me to the work I have had the pleasure of doing all these years. I have serviced youth, families and adults of all ages and later had the opportunity to manage programs and services through our state. So, Housatonic has always had a special place in my heart and I always knew that I would come back to serve the students, our future! In 2019, under the leadership of Dr. Edward Keane, I was given the opportunity to teach as an adjunct professor and loved everything about it. I loved teaching and had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful students. Well, this summer, my dream came true! I am beyond happy and thrilled to be joining a wonderful team as a full-time faculty member! God is great!
Thank you to the Human Resource Personnel, the panel of interviewers, Claudine Coba-Loh, Coordinator of the Human Services Program, Tonya Rondinone, Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, and our President, Dr. Dwayne Smith for this amazing opportunity and making this Bridgeport native and former student believe that he can one day be in front of the classroom teaching and leading our future!” With gratitude, -Carlos Reinoso Jr.