Amber J. Ramirez M.S.W.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Amber J. Ramirez, M.S.W.

Assistant Field Director/ Associate Professor of Social Work

PRIMARY SPECIALTY

Social Work

CAMPUS

Online

Amber Ramirez began her career at Brandman University in 2018. She earned both her BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California. In her capacity at Brandman University, Amber Ramirez teaches in the Social Work program and she works with a team in developing and maintaining all community collaborations and partnership with agencies and organizations that host social work students. She manages, coordinates, and monitors social work field placement internships. 

Amber Ramirez has experience in providing services at micro, mezzo and macro levels. Her clinical experience is providing therapeutic services to children, women and families. This experience were in shelters, schools and full-service partnership program settings that primarily focused on children with problem behaviors, youth in the juvenile justice system and women facing issues domestic violence and sexual assault.

Amber Ramirez has spent most of her career focused on more mezzo and macro work affecting change at a community and organizational level. She has extensive experience in the substance abuse and violence prevention and youth development field within non-profits, county and department of education settings. She held multiple leadership positions in a variety of those settings focusing on program management, development, assessments, and evaluation. Her experience extends to fund development to include grant writing, proposal development, fundraising, and donor solicitation. 

Amber Ramirez started her higher education career with the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. During her six years at USC, she taught MSW field courses. She coordinated the second year placement of MSW interns within the Social Change and Innovation department. She was also responsible in developing field agencies and monitoring students in field placements.


Specialty

  • Social Work

Education

University of Nevada, Reno
MSW in Social Work, 2005
Comprehensive Project – Lucha Para Mí, Lucha De Mis Padres: The Experiences of Latino Adolescents Raised by Latino Immigrant Parents

University of Nevada, Reno
BSW in Social Work, 2004
Minor in Spanish Language


Scholarly Activities

2018 - Co-Presented “Mental Health Advisory: Using Stakeholder Focus Groups for School Mental Health Services"
2nd Annual California Student Mental Health Wellness Conference, Presentation, Sacramento, CA. March 1, 2018

2017 - Co-Presented “Mental Health Collaborative: A Multi-disciplinary and Comprehensive Approach to Improve School Mental Health”
20th Annual National School Social Work Conference, Presentation, San Diego, CA. March 24, 2017

2015 - Co-Presented “WACSEP/USC Collaboration: An Innovative Response to Policy Change”
The Network for Social Work Management, Presentation, Washington DC. June 5, 2015



Professional Experiences

University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, 2012-2018
Clinical Associate Professor
Instruct Integrative Seminar classes’ first and second year MSW students. Oversee students learning opportunities/progress and provide guidance to students and Field Instructors through my role as Field Liaison for the Social Change and Innovation Department. Coordinate the field placement of all second year MSW students in the Social Change and Innovation Department. Develop and maintain ongoing field placements within the Los Angeles and Orange County, CA area. Meet ongoing teaching, service and scholarly requirements.

Independent Consultant 2012-Present
Consultant 

Community Services Programs  2011-2012
Case Management Supervisor
Case Management Supervisor for the Collaborative Courts Full Service Partnership. Supervise two teams of case managers providing case management and mental health rehabilitation services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Conduct biopsychosocial assessments, diagnosis and treatment plans. Provide crisis intervention and suicidal assessments. Manage and maintain Medical paperwork.

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