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Liz B. Johnston California Polytechnic State University, USA

Dr. Liz Johnston, PhD, LCSW has a private practice in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA. She is trained in EMDR therapy and specializes in counseling clients who have experienced trauma and addiction. In the past, she worked as a medical social worker; first in a stroke rehabilitation unit and later as the only social worker for a 110-bed local hospital. As a result of this medical experience, she also specializes in counseling older adults who are coping with medical issues. In addition, she teaches in the Social Sciences Department at California Polytechnic University. The University is known for its “learn by doing approach.” Thus, in her social work classes, she gives students assignments such as riding the bus across town to apply for welfare or spending the night chaperoning the homeless shelter. Students report that these direct experiences and her examples from her 33 years of social work practice are very helpful to them as they begin their studies in social work.