University College of the Cayman Islands: The only public university in the Cayman Islands
Ms. Gomez joined the adjunct faculty of UCCI in September 2010. She teaches SOC 303-1 Marriage and the Family one semester per year. She previously served in the health care industry from 1974 - 2006, in the clinical as well as managerial and administrative fields. Following a satisfying and enjoyable career of 19 years in Medical Laboratory Technology, she completed qualifications in: Health Services Administration (Credential of Advanced Studies - University of Minnesota) A Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Management (University of London) A Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling (University of Alberta, St. Stephen's College, Canada) While serving in health care she was responsible for coordinating summer student programs and assisting students in their career guidance in various health care fields. In 2005, Ms. Gomez decided that she would like to provide counseling services to others, following her retirement, and subsequently embarked on a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling. While undergoing these studies, she was called to go into the prisons of the Cayman Islands to complete her counseling practicum. This experience was truly a blessing and a calling from God, and she continued to volunteer in the prisons following the completion of her practicum. As of July 2012 she was appointed as Prison Chaplain of the Cayman Islands. She serves as pastoral counselor and is the first female to hold this position. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Gomez served at Cayman Prep & High School as a school counselor from 2008- 2012 and operated a private counseling practice for three years. She has delivered motivational talks at UCCI, ICCI, Cayman Outreach Association and various church groups. She is a past elder with Elmslie Memorial United Church and is very active in the music ministry of her church. In March 2010, Ms. Gomez published a book entitled, 'Coping with Sudden Job Loss: Experiences in the Cayman Islands' and she offers free counseling for those experiencing the trauma of job loss. She is also a columnist with the Cayman Net News Weekender and writes weekly articles on job loss and the numerous spin-off effects. Through this medium she enjoys researching psychology and counseling topics and is a current member of the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association. She also serves as a Justice of the Peace in the Cayman Islands.