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Vivien Villaverde

Associate Teaching Professor, Practicum Education

Vivian Villaverde is a licensed clinical social worker and associate teaching professor.

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Vivien Villaverde
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Rank:  Teaching Faculty

Vivien Villaverde

Associate Teaching Professor, Practicum Education

Vivian Villaverde is a licensed clinical social worker and associate teaching professor.

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Vivien Villaverde is an associate teaching professor of practicum education at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She is an Education Doctorate candidate at the Rossier School of Education. She teaches and coordinates 2nd-year MSW internship placements. Professor Villaverde creates and maintains community partnerships and collaborations for MSW workforce development, and is the lead coordinator for Teaching Institutions (TI),  developing programs and building service capacity for community partners and elevating the MSW internship program. Additionally, Professor Villaverde combines her knowledge of social work and education to consult, train, and collaborate with schools and districts.
She supports various projects to build trauma-focused and multi-tiered infrastructure, create organizational culture shifts, and enhance trauma-informed practices and services to create trauma-informed schools and districts. She is subject matter experienced in crisis response and clinical and non-clinical trauma interventions in response to natural and man-made disasters and various adverse and trauma events.
Professor Villaverde has numerous publications and presentations in national and international conferences on trauma practices and evidence-based interventions; disaster preparedness and planning; and MSW coordinated services, workforce development, and capacity building (Council on Social Work Education, Network for Social Work Management, School Social Work Association of America, Advancing School Mental Health Annual Conference, International Consortium for Social Development, and many more).
Vivien Villaverde, a licensed clinical social worker with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. She previously worked as a psychiatric social worker with Los Angeles Unified School District for 10 years. She held various positions and leadership roles including wellness center developer, program management, and multi-county collaborative coordination. She worked closely with the Department of Probation, Department of Mental Health, and Department of Children and Family Services supporting youths connected with the child welfare and probation systems.
Professor Vivien Villaverde has been the project director for the TSA Center for Schools SAMHSA grant. She is the co-founder of the Center for Safe and Resilient Schools and Workplaces providing consultation, technical support, and training on trauma-informed interventions, disaster/crisis response, and trauma-responsive program development. She has an extensive background in multi-tiered/professional collaboration and education systems change. Her expertise includes training and consultation with school districts in trauma focused organizational transformation at the micro, mezzo, and macro level including service and program development, EBI training, and policy development. Prof. Villaverde is a national and international trainer for Trauma-Informed Skills for Educators (TISE), Psychological First Aid (PFA-TEACH), Supports for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), and Bounce Back. Various consultation and training partnerships include SAMHSA Southwest and Northwest MHTTC Grants, the California Department of Education, the Philippine Department of Education, the National Center for School Mental Health in South Korea, and various schools and districts in the US.


Columbia University

MSW 1998

University of California, Irvine

BA 1994

Area of Expertise

  • EBI Training for Schools
  • Teaching Institution and MSW Training Program
  • Safety & Crisis Response
  • Trauma-Informed Schools
  • School Social Work
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Critical Incident Response in Schools
  • Trauma-Responsive School System Transformation
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Trauma Informs Skills for Educators

Industry Experience

  • Training and Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education/Learning
  • Social Services
  • Mental Health Care