Tuesday, February 17, 2009

American cancer Society Position

Patient Navigator
(Los Angeles Area)
Save lives. Fulfill yours.
*Grant-funded position up to 2 years. Bilingual in Spanish required.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has an opening for a Patient Navigator (PN) located at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. The PN meets face to face with cancer patients/families to help navigate the Harbor-UCLA system and provide information about cancer the disease, ACS programs/services, and community resources. Responsibilities include using tracking systems to monitor/evaluate PN Program. The PN acts as a representative of ACS and works cooperatively with the Oncology Team and the Social Work Department. Additional responsibilities include assisting with recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who provide support to the program.

Bilingual in Spanish with 3-5 years experience in a health care environment. Master’s degree in social work, public health, nursing, public administration or related field is preferred. Strong problem solving, relationship building, organizational, empathy, and advocacy skills, as well as knowledge of health care systems, community resources, medical terminology, and HIPAA. Experience working with oncology patients and families is preferred.

ACS offers a competitive total rewards package. EOE.
APPLY ONLINE by February 27, 2009 AT:

Voted one of the “100 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” for 2005 & 2007

The American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. Strives to Reflect the Diversity of our Communities. All Qualified Candidates are Encouraged to Apply.

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Practice-based Research Workshop for Social Workers in Health Settings

The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
Southern California Chapter
UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs

Invites you to attend

Clinical Data-Mining in the Era of Evidence-based Practice:
A Practice-based Research Workshop for Social Workers in Health Settings
A 6-CEU Workshop
Irwin Epstein, MSW, PhD Hunter College School of Social Work

Friday, February 27, 2009
The California Endowment
1000 Alameda
Los Angeles, Ca

About Clinical Data-Mining
Without thinking of themselves as researchers, health social work practitioners routinely collect and record enormous quantities of psycho-social data about patient characteristics, worker interventions and patient responses to these interventions. However, they are not taught how to “mine” these data.
By contrast, and because of their preference for “gold-standard” experimental studies, social work academics and researchers have rejected these potentially rich deposits of data for describing and evaluating practice. Instead, their preferred model of practice-research integration is Evidence-based Practice which relegates practitioners to the role of research implementer rather than knowledge contributor.
Clinical data-mining (CDM) is a Practice-based Research approach whereby practitioners can systematically reflect on their own practice using the information they already have. It relies on “gold-standard” logic but requires neither randomization nor control groups. It makes use of both qualitative and quantitative research concepts and techniques but never intrudes on service delivery. Perhaps most importantly, it welcomes practice wisdom as a basis for knowledge development and testing.
Both practitioner-initiated CDM studies and CDM doctoral dissertations have led to significant discoveries and made valuable contributions to understanding practice. Many have become the bases for professional conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications by the practitioners who conducted them. All have enhanced practitioner reflectiveness, research skills and professional self-esteem.
Workshop Objectives
• To introduce participants to the principles, methods, limitations and uses of CDM
• To describe the way CDM has been employed in practitioner-initiated studies and PhD dissertations conducted in health settings
• To describe where CDM “fits” in the broader context of the Evidence-based Practice and Practice-based Research “movements” in social work
• To encourage participants to conceptualize and conduct their own CDM studies
• To empower participants as contributors to social work knowledge
Target Participants
• Social work health practitioners interested in learning about their own practice
• Social work health administrators interested in research capacity-building
• Allied health practitioners interested in collaborative research
• PhD students interested in an alternative dissertation model
• Social work academics open to a different way of thinking about practice-research integration
• Research consultants open to truly collaborative work with practitioners
About the Instructor

Irwin Epstein has his MSW and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University where he specialized in the sociology of professions, organizational sociology and evaluation research methods. A former Fulbright senior lecturer at the University of Wales (Cardiff), he currently holds the Helen Rehr Chair in Applied Social Work Research at Hunter College School of Social Work and teaches in the Doctoral Program of the City University of New York. Prof. Epstein has conducted practice-based research workshops at universities and social agencies in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Participants Should Bring
• Ideas concerning practice issues they want to explore
• Ideas concerning programmatic decisions they need to make that would be informed by available information
Participants Are Encouraged to Bring
• Blank forms that are routinely used to collect or record intake, service or outcome information in their agencies
• De-identified records of closed cases
• Computerized information that is routinely produced in their agencies
• A sense of humor

The California Endowment
1000 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Map and driving directions may be downloaded TCE website:

Friday, February 27, 2009

8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-12:00 Presentation

12:00-1:00 Box Lunch and Award Presentation of Student Scholarships

1:00-4:00 Workshop: Application of morning material

Thanks to a generous subsidy from the SSWLHC Southern California Chapter and UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs, your registration fee includes 6 CEU’s, free parking, continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch.

Before February 23 $ 25.00
After February 23 or at the door $ 35.00
Please mail check to address below and include
Name / Institution / Email / Phone / LCSW #

Check payable to:
Mail to Diane R Morrison
Director, Clinical Social Work
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza Suite B788
Los Angeles, CA 90095

No refunds will be granted.
Questions? Email

This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs/MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider #513.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Child Care Information Service Position


Pasadena location

Child Care Information Service, a private non-profit corporation that serves as a key community resource on issues related to childcare in the Pasadena area, is seeking a Director of Development. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this position will have the overall responsibility for all segments of the Agency’s fundraising and marketing programs. This position will design a new fund development plan, develop new prospects to meet fundraising goals, expand the Agency’s connections with individuals, foundations, corporate and government funders, and enhance our public relations program. Qualified applicants must have a Bachelors Degree plus a minimum of four years related experience, including managing successful fundraising programs, grantsmanship, donor stewardship and database management. Written and verbal communication skills plus public relations skills also required. Please FAX, email or send resume with salary history to: Fax (626) 449-8260

Child Care Information Service
2465 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91107
Attn P. Schiappa

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

LAFLA Position

Offices ( Long Beach , Los Angeles )
SALARY:$41,897 - $57,769/DOE, excellent benefits
Continuous until position is filled

The Legal
Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
(LAFLA) is largest law firm for low-income people in California and is currently accepting applications for the position of Social Worker.

Organization: LAFLA ( consists of
approximately 150 employees, and over 60 attorneys. The program has an annual
operating budget of more than fourteen million dollars, and operates six
neighborhood offices and four court-based offices.

· Masters Degree in Social Work;
· Dedication to helping survivors of domestic violence in their quest for justice and self-sufficieny;
* Excellent organizational, cross-cultural communication skills;
· Prior
advocacy or academic experience in family and/or immigration law preferred; and
* Bilingual; Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or Khmer preferred.

· Ability to work with survivors of domestic violence;
· Supervise social work students in the provision of services to domestic violence survivors;
· Interview clients and assess legal,
social, medical, psychological and other needs to assist them to better navigate the legal process;
· Provide support to clients' psychosocial needs, parenting needs, life skills and job development, and assist in the creation of plans to help the survivor become more independent and stable. Coordinate counseling, medical and mental health treatment, housing, education, job-training, and other social
· Coordinate and conduct support
groups, provide counseling and emotional support to survivors to help them
maintain relative stability while they process their legal cases and pursue
other remedies and benefits;
· Verify initial and/or on-going eligibility with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and communicating with DPSS staff regarding eligibility and progress;
· Assist survivors recount their
experiences to complete applications for family law, immigration, and other
forms of relief and prepare testimony while providing support to
minimize retraumatization;
· Coordinate communication with and
advocate on behalf of clients to law enforcement, government agencies, social
service agencies, educational institutions, medical and legal professionals, and
others to help clients understand and navigate the legal

HOW TO APPLY- Please submit a resume to Diane
Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S.
Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 or via email to
When the final hiring decision has been made, all applicants will be

PROBATIONARY PERIOD- A nine months probationary
period will be required.
Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination
because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual
orientation, mental or physical disability.


Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations

BREATHE California of Los Angeles County is seeking a Manager of Advocacy
and Government Relations to develop, coordinate, and manage its community
advocacy and legislative, quasi-governmental or institutional policy initiatives in
the greater Los Angeles Area.

Job responsibilities include legislative analysis, establishing and driving policy
and advocacy agendas, coordinating the Advocacy sub-committee, integrating
advocacy initiatives into program of work, and overseeing volunteers in the
implementation of advocacy and policy initiatives. Coordinating data analyses,
translating research and findings from governmental, community based, and
university sources to support and inform constituencies advocating and
educating for policy change is critical to the duties of the position.
Individual will attend meetings and hearings locally and statewide, represent
agency along with volunteers in a leadership capacity and must have a solid
grasp of environmental, tobacco, and lung health issues.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree,
Masters preferred, and three years of significantly increasing responsibility
coordinating advocacy and policy initiatives in the non-profit or public sector.
Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills. Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and Outlook. Excellent computer and online advocacy skills. Experience mobilizing
organizations, institutions, coalitions, or association representatives is essential.

Salary: DOE
Job Categories Program Management, Government Relations, Public Affairs
Organization BREATHE California of Los Angeles County
Job Contact Please email resume, cover letter and salary history to:
Information BCLAC
Human Resources
5858 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Or email
Reference: Manager Advocacy & Govt. Relations
Current as of 10-10-/2008
Deadline Open until filled