Rachel Allinson-Strydom is originally from England and moved to California after spending six years in the Bahamas. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 1994, her M.S.W. from The Ohio State University in 1996, and her L.C.S.W. in 1999.
Ms. Allinson-Strydom’s professional experiences include practice in forensic, psychiatric, medical, geronotological, and group home social work. For over 15 years she worked full time at a maximum security psychiatric hospital in a variety of roles including Psychiatric Social Worker, Internship Coordinator, Director of the Discharge Planning and Community Integration Department, and Supervising Social Worker. During that time she also worked in a private practice group with clients on federal probation.
Ms. Allinson-Strydom has served as a field instructor for master-level social work students from seven southern California schools since 2000. She also served as a field liaison for the BASW program at CSUSB from 2007 - 2011 and has taught at both the BASW and the MSW level at CSUSB since 2008.
She enjoys teaching, providing guest presentations, and offering supervision training and consultation to fellow social workers and community partners.
- Social work education
- Supervision of pre-licensed social workers and students
- Forensic issues
- Severe and persistent mental illness
- Discharge planning and community integration
- Micro practice
- National Association of Social Workers
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences
- Outstanding Originator of Distributed Learning Award (2013)
- Social Worker of the Year awarded by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Inland Empire Unit (2012)
- California Heart of Social Work Award by the California Consortium of Field Directors (2007)
- Agency of the Year for Patton State Hospital Social Work Internship from University of California, Orange County Campus (2005)
- Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award by the State of California, Department of Mental Health (2004)
- Best Practices Award for a Smoking Cessation Pilot Program by the Long Term Care Division and Best Practices Committee-State of California (2001)