Who Does 911 Call For Help?

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Marie G. Gumá was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her family moved to Miami, Florida when she was 3 years old. From a very early age Marie knew she wanted to study psychology and work in the helping profession. She attended Barry University where she majored in psychology. Marie obtained her Master of Science and Doctoral coursework in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University graduating Cum Laude and a member of the Honor Society (PSI CHI). 

Marie is a well-known and experienced professional in the substance abuse industry in the United States. She began her career providing psychological therapy to the underprivileged youth in Miami-Dade County. In 2010, she transitioned her career when she became the department head of a detox unit at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida. She has spent years building relationships nationally as an executive in the substance abuse field, specifically supporting first responder departments.

Since 2013, Marie has been an advocate, educator, resource and clinical consultant for many National Fire Rescue Departments. Key Biscayne’s Fire Chief, Eric Lang, and Marie began to host community educational events on substance abuse in 2015.  She has served as the volunteer Clinical Director for Miramar Fire Rescue since 2016. Marie was a Clinical Response Team member at Coral Springs Parkland Fire Rescue from 2017-2020 and provided support post Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Marie served on the Clinical Management Team for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative from 2017-2020. Marie was exposed to the obvious gap in psychological support and services provided to our first responders in this country. “Morally, I could not sit around and wait for the psychological industry to catch up to the needs of our everyday heroes.” 

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