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Deborah Johnson Hayes


Johnson Hayes

Deborah Johnson Hayes

Affiliate Faculty

  • Director, BSW Field Education

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
Cultural & Family Psychology
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Office Phone

Dr. Deborah Johnson Hayes is the Director, BSW Field Education at Pacific Oaks College and is a licensed mental health professional who has worked extensively with at risk children and their families within public/private education settings, school mental health programs and in community mental health agencies. Dr. Johnson Hayes supports the development of trauma informed practices with graduate level social work students seeking the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) for practice in school settings and in Integrated Practicum Education seminars providing instruction, Practicum Liaison and Practicum Supervision to MSW interns on ground and in virtual Telehealth placements engaged in micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice.

As a former Clinical Consultant to Wellness Works - Glendale, a wholistic treatment program providing alternative wellness modalities for veterans, first responders, and their families, Dr. Johnson Hayes engaged in activities related to program development, community outreach, clinical supervision/operations, and utilized mindfulness meditation and aromatherapy practices to support the veteran client's overall well-being. Additionally, Dr. Johnson Hayes trained multidisciplinary mental health teams in Military Cultural Competency and collaborated in the development of the training module, "Maternal Mental Health and Military Connected Women," as a member of the Maternal Mental Health NOW-Training Committee. Dr. Johnson Hayes has experience in training and implementing Psychological First Aid, TFCBT, Triple P Parenting, Mindfulness practices, and best practices in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health.

Dr. Johnson Hayes is committed to supporting efforts towards building greater capacity for understanding the needs of those who have been exposed to traumas and their families, and in developing and providing leadership and mentorship to social work students in preparation for their ability to effectively address the multi-dimensional wellness needs in our communities.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
BA - Psychology University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1972
MSW - Social Welfare University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1975
MPH - Public Health - Social Work Administration / Maternal - Child Health University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1976
PsyD. Organizational Management & Consulting Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA 2012
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - LCSW #8310, California
Pupil Personnel Services Credential - PPSC #SC72822, California
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Member Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative
Member Maternal Mental Health NOW
Consultant Beyond the Battlefield - Holman United Methodist Church
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development General Expertise
Childhood and Developmental Disorders General Expertise
Diversity General Expertise
Early Childhood Education General Expertise
Ethical & Legal Issues General Expertise
Family Violence General Expertise
Higher Education General Expertise
Homelessness General Expertise
Mental Health/Psychopathology/Clinical Psychology General Expertise
Military Psychology General Expertise
Social Justice General Expertise
Trauma General Expertise
Violence General Expertise
Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

I have adopted a student- centered approach in the education and mentorship of students, recognizing that their background and personal experiences have played a significant role in their desire to become social work professionals. It is imperative to have a learning environment that is challenging yet respectful and supportive. My teaching philosophy integrates the principles of Social Justice, Diversity, Respect and Inclusion and is reinforced by empowering students to become advocates for social change. I utilize personal reflection as a foundation for the student to build their awareness and understanding of self and others as they develop social work practice skills.

Title Location Date
"Notes From the Field: A Social Worker's Journey in Supporting Individuals, Children & Families Towards Community Well-Being" - Presentation to the Taiwan Fund for Children & Families Global Immersion Certificate Program Los Angeles, CA 6/6/2023
"Coordinated Community Care: Effectively Meeting the Needs of Military Connected Patients and Their Families - Cedars Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA 3/5/2018
"Military Connected Children & Families: Understanding Their Experiences and Needs" LA County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA 4/23/2017
White House Convening of Operation Educate the Educators - Discussion Leader/Facilitator Washington, D.C. 4/13/2016
Military Families: Risk and Resiliency" End Abuse Long Beach Long Beach, CA 2/2/2015
Multinational Symposium on Military Families - Patriot True Love Ottawa, Canada 10/1/2014
Recognizing the Needs of Military Connected Families in the Child Welfare System - SPA 7 LA Co DCFS Los Angeles, CA 4/24/2014
"Working With Military and Veteran Families: Implications in Clinical Practice - Didi Hirsch CMHC Culver City, CA 4/24/2014 and 5/10/2014
"Perinatal Mental Health and Women of Color" Shields for Families Los Angeles, CA 9/7/2013
Curriculum Vitae
Professional Skills
Military Social Work - Children and Families, School Social Work, Program Development, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health, Maternal Health/Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Grief and Loss, Infant Massage, Psychological First Aid, Mental Health in Sports, Mental Health Consultation, Clinical Social Work Supervision, Prenatal Substance Exposure, Resiliency, Organizational Management/Consulting, Mindfulness Meditation, Community Mental Health, Community Health Social Work, Racial Health Disparities