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Social Work, Social Services and the heuristic nature of supporting our communities (Entry One) S1E10

Special guest spotlight:

Ms. Adriane Hughes is a Los Angeles based licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in administration, training and direct client care in mental health.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Loma Linda.
She has experience working with children, families and young adults and uses an eclectic approach to meet the unique needs of each client.
Adriane currently works in the Los Angeles Superior Court system advocating for individuals to receive mental health treatment, in lieu of jail or prison.
Throughout her career, she has found creative ways to integrate her favorite interests, entrepreneurial endeavors and clinical skills with social work and recently birthed her own private practice, New Moon Wellness, Inc.
She has strong desire to become an entrepreneur with the freedom to create a company that embodied her commitment to high quality mental health and wellness services. She chose the name New Moon because of its symbolic meaning of setting new intentions, new beginnings and rebirth.
Adriane believes that change happens when people are given the guidance needed to draw on their individual strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.

Additional resources:

New Moon Wellness Inc.
Social Workers: Allies for Justice? Lakeya Cherry – The New Social Worker Magazine

Black social workers face stress, racial inequities during COVID-19 pandemic (Gaines, 2020)

Audrey Tousant Shelby has 14 years of social work experience in the area of child welfare within the private sector. Her own lived experience with the child welfare system is what drew her to this work. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Audrey has served in various leadership roles including Child Welfare Administrator, Program Manager, Supervisor, Case Manager, and most recently as a consultant providing training and facilitation for child welfare organizations. Her expertise is in program development and implementation from prevention to adoption support services.
Audrey’s personal mission is to bring awareness to the impact that parental substance use disorder has on the family unit and the intersectionality with disproportionality in the public child welfare system.
In her work, Audrey seeks to make meaning system improvement through coaching to better equip leaders to think critically about barriers that impact children and families.
Currently, Mrs. Shelby serves as adjunct faculty in Asuza Pacific University’s Master of Social Work program.

Additional Resources:
Building Resilience in Troubled Times: A Guide for Parents | Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guest contributors:
Ep Associate Producer: Ms. Adriane Hughes
Ep Associate Producer: Mrs. Audrey Shelby