Albert Everett Schafer, LCSW #26873 Unrestricted CA license.
Psychiatric Social Worker experience with a great cross-section of the San Diego civilian and military population. Interning at Augustus F. Hawkins walk in psychiatric unit at Martin Luther King Hospital in Compton, CA was a rewarding experience. I was successful in helping a range of patients from teenagers to the elderly population. With a considerable range of mental health issues including; substance use, schizophrenia, depression, poverty, re-entry from incarceration, personality D/Os, anxiety D/Os, oncology, aging, and case management. This was the spring/winter 98/99 session.
The next internship was at the Greater Los Angles Veterans Healthcare System. In addition to individual sessions, I was part of a program to proved short term help with depression to patients who presented in the ER and a program for re-entry homeless that had substance use issues. In addition to the CBT we used for depression, I also had the opportunity to learn Pain Management, EMDR, lead a grief support group, and end of life issues. This was the spring/winter 99/00 session.
I was recruited by a federal contractor to help start the Psychological Health Outreach Program for Navy Medicine. As an outreach team member, I covered the Southwest Region. In addition to providing general military training for Stress Management and Suicide Prevention I did outreach to reservist and their family members as they transitioned back into the community. Due to changes in our economic situation, many did not have jobs to come back to. In addition, many needed help due to changes in the family situation and needed help with management with mental health issue as well as changes in family issues due to divorce. We established relationships with both military and civilian facilities and the Veterans Courts. We served as case management until they were back on track. I left this program after six years 2008 to 2014.
Sterling Medical recruited me to work at the outpatient mental health unit at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. Provided triage, safety assessments, individual counseling, facilitated psychosocial educational group; anger management, Trauma symptom reduction, Healthy Coping, Grief, CBT, and Process groups.