Paulina Rael Jaramillo has a Master of Arts degree in
Rehabilitation Counseling from CSUSB and is pursuing her goal of becoming a
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has worked with families and
youth in various capacities including crisis intervention. Her hands-on experience
has given her valuable insight into the damaging effects of trauma resulting
from loss, and the importance of dealing with negative emotions in order to
She began her writing career in 1991 as a contributing writer for several regional and national publications. She has contributed to eight inspirational books and co-authored a one-act play. The loss of several family members during the past few years inspired her to write two books dealing with grief recovery resulting from any type of loss (employment, foreclosure, divorce, bereavement). A Time to Heal: Grief Recovery Guide and Workbook was published in 2009 and a follow up book, Life Interrupted: Grief Recovery Guide and Workbook was published in 2010. She currently conducts ongoing grief recovery workshops.
Her most recent book is titled, The American Southwest: Pride~Prejudice~Perseverance (2010). It summarizes the history of the various cultures that have populated the Southwest from ancient time to the present and renders a clear perspective on immigration. It contains graphs, a glossary and a well-documented bibliography. The American Southwest appeals to high school students and adults alike and has been endorsed by Dr Tom Rivera, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at California State University, San Bernardino and Cesar Caballero, Dean of the Library at the same university.