Lecturer in Social Welfare
M.S.W, California State University, Long Beach; B.A., California State University, Northridge
Areas of Interest:Child Maltreatment, Homelessness, Social determinants of health, history of social work in Los Angeles, student engagement, technology in social work practice, trauma informed care
Elise Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of social work experience in her home town of Los Angeles.
She has worked with homeless families, in community mental health and at DCFS. She is currently a clinical social worker at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children and Women’s Hospital where she works in the Emergency Department and in Pediatrics.
Her clinical and academic interests include trauma-informed care, social determinants of health, homelessness, history of social work in L.A. and child maltreatment. An area of particular interest is the role technology plays in social work practice and social work education.
She is always on the lookout for innovations that enhance and augment patient care. In 2016 she was invited by NASW to consult on their upcoming publication of Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice.
In 2014 she began teaching MSW students and finds working with rising social workers extremely inspiring. She teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment and one of her assignments as been included in a forthcoming textbook on the incorporation of technology in social work education.
Students in Johnson’s classes often remember her strengths-based approach to the profession, her penchant for ’70s funk bands and her reminders to always “find the good!”