I am Laura E. Ormand the Outpatient Coordinator and MSW, Registered Associate CSW, ASW 62632 at Healthy Partnerships. I received Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England (UNE) Online Social Work Program in May 2014 and was honored as a member of the UNE MSW Phi Alpha Honor Society Sigma Lambda for a 4.0 GPA. I completed my Bachelor of Art degrees in Social Welfare and Chicano Studies May 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Currently, I have 2 years of experience post-MSW in the areas of trauma, addiction, mental health disorders, dual diagnosis and anger management. I have been with Healthy Partnerships since 2013 where I completed my advanced practicum for my MSW degree.
As a UC Berkeley student, I began my career in the Social Work field by Mentoring Berkeley High at-risk, gang associated students through an on-campus program called Students for Academic Excellence. Soon after I was promoted to the role of Program Director and expanded the mentorship program to local middle and elementary schools. Over the course of completing my double major at UC Berkeley, I worked with HIV/AIDS patients by assisting with basic needs, such as, grocery shopping, cooking, attending doctor visits and providing companionship. I also worked with physically disabled adults as an in-home care provider.
I am a native of Southern California and returned to my hometown after completing my undergraduate degree. I was employed as a Program Director of several health-based programs with Campesinos Unidos, Inc (CUI); a non-profit started by farm workers and community-based members. I helped create community committees and helpers to address health matters among the Latino population especially common health issues faced by agricultural workers due to pollution of air, water and food.
As an Instructor/Mentor Specialist for Project ABEL, I taught a curriculum supporting abstinence to promote self-empowerment among students in 6th-12th grade, which broadened my public speaking and presentation skills. In the role of Mentor Specialist, I assessed each student’s needs to provide appropriate services, resources and referrals. This led to my working as a Substitute Teacher at the elementary and junior high schools through Brawley Elementary School Districts.
During my MSW foundation practicum, I was a Peer Instructor with March of Dimes and taught the pre-natal courses and promoted the prevention of premature births through community outreach. While interning with March of Dimes, I was given the opportunity to create an augmented curriculum regarding Postpartum Depression both in English and Spanish.