COURTNEY WHITE PROCEL joined the social work adjunct faculty in 2009, teaching courses on human behavior in the social environment. She was among the first faculty to teach at the Virtual Academic Center and the first to teach while living abroad. She currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches a variety of courses, including clinical practice in mental health settings, international social work and social development, and field practicum.
A licensed clinical social worker, she has focused much of her professional endeavors on international social work, mental health and homeless services, and veterans issues. She currently provides clinical consultation for several organizations to bring clinical supervision and training to staff as well as assessment to a wide range of clients.
Procel has worked in four countries outside of the United States. During her MSW program at UCLA, she completed all of her fieldwork in South Africa in conjunction with the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She worked with the Sinikithemba HIV Clinic, the McCord Hospital and with an after-school program in Umlazi township through the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots. After graduation she worked with the London Borough of Southwark in England, bringing prevention services to youth involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. In 2010 and 2011, Procel worked with Hope for Justice’s Transitions Global in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, designing clinical services and staff training for residential treatment for girls rescued from sex trafficking. She also spent a year working as a mental health officer for Doctors Without Borders in Uzbekistan.
In the United States, she worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for six years. During this time, she was involved in research, grant management, homeless services and clinical trauma interventions at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center. Trained in several post-traumatic stress disorder treatments, she worked for two years providing trauma therapy to female veterans recovering from sexual trauma and for a program geared toward combat veterans. In addition, she worked for several nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area focusing on mental health and homeless services.