Mary Kay Oliveri, a licensed clinical social worker and diplomate in clinical social work, is a UCLA field faculty consultant for the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Title IV-E program, which trains MSW students for careers in public child welfare. Her areas of expertise include child, adolescent and family treatment along with the treatment of child sexual abuse and neglect.
Ms. Oliveri teaches several courses in the Department of Social Welfare’s Children and Youth Services specialization, including Advanced Direct Practice with Children and Adolescents and Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Ms. Oliveri has training and experience in Mental Health practice as well as in group, couples, and family models of practice. She teaches the Group and Families course and participates in curriculum development as co-chair of the micro practice sequence.
In addition to her work in the Department of Social Welfare, Ms. Oliveri serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA School of Medicine where she has taught second year medical students to look at the biological, psychological, social and epidemiological aspects of illness, disease, and treatment. At other times, Ms. Oliveri has taught seminars and supervised specialized practice experiences for interns and residents in Psychiatry, Fellows in Child Psychiatry, and graduate interns, post-doctoral students and staff in Psychology and Social Work at Harbor-UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She also works as a consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and maintains a private practice where she specializes in child, adolescent, marital and family treatment.
Ms. Oliveri was awarded teacher of the year by the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Residents/Fellows and has been recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Long Beach Asian Community Mental Health Program for her excellence in community service and consultation. Most recently, she was honored by the Coastal Asian Pacific Mental Health Center for her contributions to their staff growth and development over the past 10 years.
Ms. Oliveri is currently the director of California’s Region H of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In addition, she serves as the director of NASW’s California Region Directors and she serves on the Mental Health and Legislative Committees of the California Chapter. The recipient of her bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from Washington University and her MWS from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Ms. Oliveri has been a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Social Welfare. Between her MSW and doctoral studies, Ms. Oliveri received specialized post-masters training in marriage and family therapy at the Menninger Institute in Topeka Kansas. Her research experience has included being a co-principal investigator on a federally funded NCCAN grant to study the long-term effects of alleged abuses in pre-school settings in the Manhattan Beach, California community.