Laura Alongi is a licensed clinical social worker whose interests lie in mental health issues with children, adolescents, and their families. She is also interested in parenting education and training, and the early childhood bonding process.
As a field consultant with the CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) program, a statewide program that trains social workers to become professional public child welfare workers, she works with first- and second-year students, and is involved in recruiting promising child welfare candidates.
Alongi also serves as the official recruiter for the MSW (Master of Social Welfare) program at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. She has worked as a social worker in community mental health clinics including South Bay Child Guidance, the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, and Aviva Children and Family Services. She worked primarily with emotionally disturbed children and their families, both in individual/family and group modalities. She was also a supervisor for several years, and was involved in program development and administration when she served as a program director for the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.
Currently, she serves as a contract mental health assessor for the Department of Mental Health, and has a small private practice.