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Work Experience

EXPERIENCE:

Private Practice Psychotherapy, Hermosa Beach, 3/04-current.  Specializing in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Provides individual, family, and group therapy.

Field Instructor for MSW Graduate Students, Long Beach, CA 9/12-5/15.  Clinical Supervisor to graduate social work students.  Contract employee for Shield for Families, a non-profit that provides interships and clinical supervision for social work graduate students.  Conducted weekly group supervision for seven students and weekly individual supervision for  MSW students from USC and UCLA.  Supervision oversaw the students' work with diverse populatios, low SES individuals, substance abusing clients, children affected by abuse and neglect, school based intervention, and grief/loss issues.

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 12/01-5/03 Child Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, 5/03-6/04 Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Eating Disorders Unit.  Employed as a Clinical Social Worker on these two different inpatient units.  Completed biopsychosocial assessments of patients, family assessments, treatment plans, and aftercare plans.  Collaborated with multidisciplinary team members regarding differential diagnosis and individualized treatment planning.  Responsible for crisis intervention, family therapy, parent education regarding diagnoses and behavior modification, and liaison with community services.  Participated on Suspected Child Abuse/ Neglect Team, a consultation service for hospital professionals who have concerns regarding abuse/neglect of a patient.

Orange County Children and Family Services, Orange, C!, 6/99-12/01.  Employed as a Senior Social Worker for Integrated Continuing Services (Family Reunification, Family Maintenance, and Permanent Placement).  Case manager for children and families involved due to child abuse/neglect.  Direct service to abused/neglected children, substance abusing parents, mentally ill adults, SED children, victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Conducted home visits, assessed child safety, and testified as an expert witness.

Orange County Children and Family Services, Orange, CA, 8/98-5/99.  Interned for Family Maintenance Non-Court, a voluntary program for families at high risk for child abuse and/or neglect.  Many families were referred due to problems with domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, homelessness, and mental illness that placed young children at risk.  Conducted home visits, monitored child safety, detained children when in imminent risk, counseled and supported families in crisis, linked families to resources, and collaborated with service providers in the community.

The Gary Center, La Habra, CA, 8/97-8/98.  Interned at this private, non-profit community counseling center and was employed full-time for four months.  Conducted play therapy sessions, individual, and family counseling sessions.  Co-facilitated Batterer's Groups for perpetrators of domestic violence, Teen Mother Support Groups, and Gang Diversion Groups in continuation schools.  Completed psychosocial assessments, domestic violence intakes and referral, treatment planning, crisis management, and suicide prevention.  Worked with diverse populations, court-ordered clients, and various service needs.

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