Ed Cardenas, LISW

  • Biographical Profile
  • Professional Information

    Job Title :
    Licensed Independent Social Worker and Author of The Lovito Children's Book Series

    Areas of Treatment :
    Grief Work, Substance Abuse, Parental Skills

    Specialties :
    Social Work

    Practice Name :
    Lovato Enterprise, LLC

    Location :
    El Prado, 87529 United States

    Years in Practice :

    Areas of Expertise :
    Social Worker Educator, Children's Book Author

    Education/Degree :
    Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, MSW; Metropolitan State University of Denver, BSW; Community College of Denver, Associates Degree

    Year Graduated :
    1978, 1976, 1974

    Board Certification :

    Faculty Appointments :

    • Trained Counselors in Social Work through Partners of America
    • Educating on Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    • Lectured Locally, Regionally and Internationally

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    By providing a warm, respectful, and safe environment conducive to learning with a strong emphasis on respecting cultural values.

    One factor is how the educator’s/parent(s) own human traits can influence the outcome in a relationship.  A second factor is to have cultural sensitivity, and therefore be able to effectively connect, in that each individual and their reaction to issues is quite unique.  Another essential factor has to do with skills needed to listen with empathy and respect to the individual’s story and their feelings in a professional and ethical way.  The latter type of connection has proven to have an impact in student academic success and retention.

    Professional Society Memberships :
    National Association of Social Workers

    Honors and Awards :

    • Dorathea Spellman Award, 1978

    • Series of published children's book entitled LOVITO
    • Character building and life skills for children El Legado, 2015
    • Understand your cultural roots Beach Ball, 1984

    Teaching and Speaking :

    Ed is retired as a clinical social worker from the Veterans Administration, and as an instructor with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University Graduate of Social Work, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Currently, Ed trains substance abuse and grief counselors and other human service workers (i.e. teachers).  He also trains parents on parental skills.



    During the last 40 years Ed has presented training and instruction to institutions of higher learning as follows:


    Visiting professor at the New Mexico Highlands University Graduate School of Social Work.

    Instructor at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque and Taos Campuses).

    Instructor at the Southwest Poly Tech Institute at Albuquerque.

    Instructor at Trinidad Jr. College in Colorado.


    Ed has also presented training to various agencies and programs:

    Mayan Indian populations through partners of the Americas.

    The American Indian Institute in California.

    National Image Conference

    Various Native American tribes in New Mexico.

    Veterans Administration.

    Public Schools.

    Substance Abuse Programs.



    Compromiso Conference, Denver CO for Child Care Professional and Parents.

    La Cosecha Dual Language Conference, Albuquerque NM.

    New Futures Child Care Program, Albuquerque NM.

    Children Matter Conference, Anaheim CA


    Attributes Success To:
    While working with Mayan Tribes, he learned many things about himself and how to treat others from spending time there. He trained within the communities there to put programs and treatment in place for children and youth.

    Gender :

    Favorite Medical Journal :
    Social Work Journals

    Hobbies/Sports :
    Loves to oil paint, Carve book, Read, Writing

  • Gallery
  • Ed Cardenas's Picture Gallery


    • 1
  • Wall
  • Ed Cardenas's Wall

  • Curriculum Vitae

    • Click the link/s below to download

    • This member has not uploaded a Curriculum Vitae yet.