Ricardo J. Sanchez Cano
Pza. del cedro 2 2º b
20016 Donostia San Sebastián
My name is Ricardo J. SANCHEZ CANO and I am originally from Béjar (Salamanca in 1961). People close to me call me Richard. Increasingly, I go as Ricardo as well. I live in a small border town, Irún (Gipuzkoa – Euskalherria / Basque Country – Spain). Living “on the edge” has always inspired. I believe that I look for possibilities wherever I go. My favorite experiences have been: exploring differences, learning French, working summers, getting to know other countries and cultures. I come from a migrant family. At the beginning of the 60s we moved to Euskadi, Basque Country. My father has been my entrepreneurial role model. He has taught me curiosity, positive thinking, the importance of learning new things, and the value of hard work. I have always worked and studied. I have participated in and promoted various collectives and associations, both socially and professionally.
My wife Pilar is much more than a partner. She truly ives up to her name. Together with our children Hugo and Leire we create projects.
At the age of 20 I help my first job in the social field, Social educator. At the same time I begin studies in psychology, graduated in 1995 – University of the Basque Country (EHU /UPV). Diploma in Supervision, Guidance and Counselling – A.N Mitxelena / ISB Aachen. (1995). Doctorate courses in social psychology (1998), (EHU/UPV). Dr. Sabino Ayestarán.
Family and Couple Psychotherapist (1998), Family Studies Center. Director: Alberto ESPINA. Here I had as trainers especially inspiring (Ignacio MALDONADO, Manuel VILLEGAS, Karen SCHLANGER, Harry HAPONTE, Marcelo PACKMAN, Mark BEYEBACH, Gianfranco CECCHIN).
A diversity of experiences as a social educator led me to work as a community psychologist. I have promoted projects in different contexts: prevention and health promotion, social support networks for adolescents in difficulty, social support groups for parents. From my work as a psychotherapist in different contexts, I have met Robert Neuburger with whom I have completed my training and my clinical supervision in Madrid, Paris and Geneva.
Currently my professional activity revolves around the professional accompaniment of people, supervision and facilitation of processes for organizational development and leadership of social and community intervention projects.
As a supervisor and consultant, my task have developed in different contexts, specifically especially in social and socio-sanitary contexts. As a facilitator of these processes, I have integrated a systemic and constructionist approach.
The practices of supervision, from reflectivity and dialogue with different agents, lead me to training colleagues. Since 2009, I have been co-directing a continuous training program, starting from a systemic vision from an integrated model. I am passionate about this professional experience.
I am currently in the process of doctoral research: Construction of Professional Identity in Social and Community Operators. This research stemmed from conversations throughout 2015 and 2016 at a seminar in BCN, thanks to Miriam Subirana and Ken Gergen. I have also carried over some central ideas from my doctoral training. My research provides a special impetus and new career prospects. I continue to work on a project that comes from my reflective processes in training as a supervisor and family therapist.
Professional Associations and Organizations
- Promoter and member of the board of HEZIZERB elkartea, an association for educational and social intervention. http://www.hezizerb.net (founded in 1992).
- ISPA – INSTITUTO DE SUPERVISORES-AS PROFESIOANLES ASOCIADOS-AS (founded in 1997). A group of professionals created this Institute of which I was president from 2008 to 2014. (Miembros de ANSE – SUPERVISION)
- Professional Association of Social Educators of the Basque Country – nº 2
- Professional College of Psychologists of Gipuzkoa – GZ01133
- Member of the Basque-Navarre Association of Family Therapy