Since 1997, Jimena worked in the field of substance use addictions in different contexts. First, she worked as a Director of various treatment programs, then she developed and implemented help programs, as well as conducted individual and family psychotherapy.
Jimena obtained a Master’s Degree in Drug Addiction, which culminated with her thesis "Adherence to treatment in people with drug addiction". Most recently she developed school prevention programs and was involved in the formulation of public policies. She designed and implemented courses for medical doctors and technicians in the field of rehabilitation for the Conace - Minsal Agreement, as well as professionals and technicians of the Sename-Conace.
During 2011-2012, she worked as a Clinical Director of the treatment center “Casa Mispah” in Chile, which is based on the Betty Ford Center Program in the United States.
During 2015-2018 Jimena was the Chief of the Programatic División of the National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption (SENDA). She was in charge of the Demand Reduction Section, which includes the areas of prevention, treatment, social integration, human development and problematic use. Since 2019, Jimena is the Chief of the Demand Reduction Unit of CICAD.
ICUDDR supports the rapid improvement in competencies and skills among current and future generations of addiction professionals, to meet the demand for prevention, treatment, and public health services. We facilitate networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction. The regional arms of ICUDDR network, brainstorm, then develop and implement actions towards the goals in the region. Different regions have had unique output depending on the assessed needs and interests in the area. These include a comprehensive implementation course in Africa, networking and membership strengthening in Latin America and the Caribbean, online courses in prevention in Europe, and training and education through webinars and other formats in Asia. Consultations have been provided around the globe in both UTC and UPC to help improve the quality of work being done in these areas. Champions have been identified in much of the world who are exemplary examples of the work being done to provide quality substance use disorder education. Presenters from different regions will share the process of building their coalitions in their area, reaching out to other stakeholders, growing their addiction studies programs, providing education, assessing needs, and more about their work.