Jorge comes to Pacia Life with years of experience, education and leadership in helping people to overcome addictions and clinical challenges. His real passion is helping young adults find their purpose and meaning in life.
Jorge returned to his hometown of Cascais in 2007 and loves the many outdoor activities like trekking, biking, paragliding, surfing and horseback riding. Jorge shares with passion the history of Cascais being once a small fishing village with a beautiful history by the sea and the world heritage village of Sintra with its historical monuments.
Jorge states, “What is most important is my work with young adults who are lost in their future, and how the experiential outdoor activities are so important in self-development and finding a meaning in life. The greatest gift is in helping young adults to change, and the families finding happiness.”
Jorge’s work in the field of addiction treatment centres has taken him around the world. Some of his favourite experiences took place at the Crossroads Centre on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The Crossroads Centre was founded by music legend Eric Clapton. Jorge’s work takes him to the United Kindom, Brasil, South Africa and of course, in Portugal.
Today, Jorge incorporates daily habits of healthy lifestyles, meditation, gratitude and acts of service that helps him to realise his potential, and to share it with others.
After finishing his dream of being a professional athlete in football (Futebol in Portuguese or Soccer in the US), Jorge was awarded an academic scholarship by A.T.T. (Association of Treatment of Drug Addiction, IPSS). Following this, he went on to study Admissions Counseling in England in 1996, at the institution Action on Addictions (www.actiononaddiction.org.uk).
After completing his studies, he worked several treatment centres, namely in the Treatment Center Farol II (www.att.org.pt) in Portugal. Then he went to work in the Caribbean for the Crossroads in Antigua Treatment Center (www.crossroadsantigua.org) founded by Mr Eric Clapton.
He was recruited to work in England at Outcome Consulting, working as a consultant at Clouds House (in its day centre in Bourmouth), Brazil and South Africa.
After having known and worked in several treatment centres in different countries, he decided to return to Portugal and to establish a permanent residence once again in 2002.
The experience in making Structured Family Interventions was growing a need so he underwent specialized training in 2003.
Jorge states, “My work with families has been a great part of my professional activity and my great professional passion. Family work is critical for families to learn what to do and what not to do. Often, families believe they are helping when in fact, they are only allowing more denial and resistance to continue. In fact, it is just as important for families to do their work as young adults to do theirs.”
When Jorge returned to Portugal he developed projects in the areas of Primary prevention of the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Namely the project Descuta (www.pontodeescuta.info) in 6 schools in the council of Cascais.
The LifeSkills Training® project (www.lifeskillstraining.org), which he implemented at the German School of Lisbon and the Colegio Amor de Deus in Cascais.