Ophra Ashur, MSW, LCSW

Adjunct Faculty Member


9/02-Present    CLINIC LEAD/CLINIC ADMINISTRATOR III, Ventura Cty. Behavioral

                             Health, Conejo Options Clinic, Thousand Oaks, CA


Plan, organize and direct the full-scope of operational activities of a multi-disciplinary team, which provides behavioral health services to youth and families.  Supervise the screening and triage of new clients; assist in establishing and refining measurable performance objectives; select, train and supervise multi-disciplinary staff; supervise collection and input of all client and cost data necessary to evaluate client outcome and cost benefit; monitor all Quality Assurance policies and procedures; coordinate with other teams and system resources on behalf of clients; prepare written monthly management information reports reflecting team's performance on client outcome goals, productivity, expenditures, and revenue.


11/00-9/02       PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER IV, Ventura Cty. Behavioral Health

                             Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, CA


Same position as PSY III (see description below), along with additional supervisory & administrative responsibilities.


2/99-10/00       PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER III, Ventura Cty. Behavioral Health

                             Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, CA


School-based clinician in Special Day Class with ED middle school students.  Carry out assessments, ind., group & family therapy, case management & collateral contacts.  Coordinate milieu therapy & educational programming with classroom and school staff.  Maintain ongoing educational & therapeutic case-management with school and district personnel.


6/00 – Present SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT, Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners

                             Sacramento, CA


Participate in annual, 3 – 4 day workshops to help construct written exams for social work licensure.


10/98-2/99       PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER III, Ventura Cty. Behavioral Health

                             Moorpark High School, Moorpark, CA


School-based clinician in Special Day Class with ED high school students.  Carried out assessments, ind., group & family therapy, case mgmt. & collateral contacts.  Coordinated milieu therapy with educational  & district staff.


4/89-9/98       SENIOR STAFF SOCIAL WORKER, Northpoint Day Treatment Service,

                             San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic,  Northridge, CA


Provided clinical supervision to MSW social workers & Ph.D. psychology interns in a Non-PublicSchoolsetting with SED children/adolescents.  USC, MSW Field Instructor (8 years).  Supervised & advised educational staff, planned & implemented individual & group treatment plans, ran clinical & administrative meetings.  Provided ind., group & family therapy.  Coordinated intern, staff & client orientation programs.  Conducted fundraising program.  Led parent-training groups.  Provided staff training. Conducted intakes, provided case management & referral services & coordinated educational plans with school district personnel.


4/95-6/00       ORAL EXAMINER, Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners

                             Los Angeles, CA


Served as oral examiner for LCSW Oral Examinations, which were conducted tri-annually. This involved annual, ½-day training seminars, and 10-hour testing days per testing cycle.  In addition, functioned as an Oral Exam Appeal Reviewer.


9/92-3/99         PRIVATE PRACTITIONER

                             Northridge, CA


Provided psychotherapy, case management, & referral and advocacy services for adults, children, adolescents, families and couples. Presented public workshops to professionals, students & parents on child development, conflict resolution, diagnostics, & parent training.  Conducted "STEP" parent training groups.


6/86-4/89         CLINICAL CASEWORKER, Vista Del Mar Day Treatment Program

                             Los Angeles, CA


Conducted intakes, ind., family & group therapy with SED, latency aged children in a Day Treatment Program.  Supervised child care counselors & volunteers.  Coordinated treatment with educational staff & adjunctive therapists.  Provided case management & discharge planning.


9/81-2/85         CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, Neve Amiel, Residential Youth Village

                             Sde Yaakov, Israel


Coordinated therapeutic program for 100 adolescents in a vocational, residential setting.  Conducted intakes, case assessments & management, & discharge planning, Provided ind., group & family therapy.  Supervised Clinical Social Work Interns & child care staff.  Coordinated volunteer program with nearby agricultural community. 


9/81-3/82         CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, Ramat Hadassah, Youth Village

                             Tivon, Israel


Provided individual & group therapy for adolescents in a residential treatment facility.  Co-led staff support group & directly supervised child care counselors.


4/80-6/81         CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, Moan Shabtai Levi Children's Home

                             Haifa, Israel


 Provided individual play & family therapy, case management & supervision of child care workers in a residential setting for children ages 2 - 6.  Facilitated placements in foster and adoptive homes.  Coordinated volunteer program.


10/79-4/80       SOCIAL WORKER, Merkaz Hanna Hushy, Developmental Pediatric Clinic, Haifa, Israel


Conducted intakes & short-term therapy with parents of children ages 0 - 3 presenting with developmental delays, in a multi-disciplinary pediatric assessment and treatment clinic.


9/78-6/79         SOCIAL WORK INTERN, Neve Ronit, Children's Group Home

                             Nahariya, Israel


Conducted ind. play therapy with latency aged children in a group home.  Supervised childcare workers.  Provided case management and coordinated discharge planning.


9/77-6/78         SOCIAL WORK INTERN, Tirat HaCarmel Welfare Agency

                             Tirat HaCarmel, Israel


Provided case management and supportive counseling for low income families in an Israeli development town.


11/10/89     License of Clinical Social Work  #1240


9/82-6/85    University of Haifa, School of Social Work, Haifa, Israel

                        MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

                        Clinical Social Work, Childhood and Adolescence Concentration.


9/77-6/79    University of Haifa, School of Social Work, Haifa, Israel

                        BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

                        Clinical Social Work, Childhood and Adolescence Concentration.


9/75-6/77    University of California, Berkeley, CA

                        Course work in Social Work and General Education; Honors Student


9/73 - 6/74   Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles, CA

                        Completed college level courses during high school Senior Honors Program.

  • Childhood Anxiety - Evidence-Based clinical treatment
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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