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Career Opportunities With the L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health

Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Graduate Students: RSVP through CareerHub

Undergraduate Students: RSVP at https://form.jotform.com/231516302450140

Join mental health clinicians from different L.A. County Department of Mental Health units to learn about opportunities to work with DMH after graduation. Hear about their paths from graduate school and experiences working with DMH as mental health clinicians. You will also learn about the unique benefits of joining DMH as a Psychiatric Social Worker, including a clear career path, diversity of clinical experiences, locations, and populations, support of licensure, free prelicensure and test prep, loan forgiveness, and retirement packages. If you have considered working with DMH, we highly recommend attending this presentation and panel!


  • Colin Ziegler, LMFT // Mental Health Clinician II

Colin Ziegler, LMFT works as a member of the Department of Mental Health HOME Team where he provides intensive treatment to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, many of whom are unable to provide for their basic needs and require the highest level of care. He also works within the mobile emergency response unit where he provides crisis evaluations and facilitates psychiatric hospitalizations to individuals who may be a danger to themselves or others. Prior to working at DMH, he has worked with a diverse range of individuals such as veterans and foster youth at various community agencies. In addition to his fulltime work within the county, he works as a freelance consultant for businesses managing mental health-related issues and maintains an active private practice.

  • Naaz Mirreghabie, LCSW // Psychiatric Social Worker II

Naaz Mirreghabie is Licensed Clinical Social worker who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her professional role, she provides culturally inclusive services with LACDMH for the Farsi-speaking community in Los Angeles and serves as a co-chair on the DMH Anti Racism Diversity and Inclusion (ARDI) staff council. Naaz is passionate about increasing and facilitating conversations regarding race, culture, and access to care for all individuals in Los Angeles. As a child of immigrants, she understands and acknowledges the struggle of first generation individuals accessing mental health services.

  • Luis G. Escalante, MSW, MPA

Luis has had a 29 year career with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He has been a Training Coordinator with the Training Unit since 2005. He is the lead of the Student Professional Development Program and is a trainer for the county’s Crisis: Prevention/Intervention/Postvention training series and is a certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training instructor. He has assisted in the staging of hundreds of DMH sponsored trainings and conferences. Prior to coming to Training, Luis worked as a Medical Case Worker and Psychiatric Social Worker at West Central Mental Health in Service Area 6 and later for the LAC-DMH’s Latino Access Program. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, and California State University Northridge.