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Lindsey Gavens

Lindsey Gavens

Intern

Responsibilities

As a Clinical Social Work student, I provide a range of supportive services for those with cancer diagnoses and their loved ones. I work to meet patients where they are in their cancer journey by assessing individual needs and providing the appropriate services. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, offering emotional support, connecting patients and families to useful resources, and advocating for patients within the healthcare system.

Training

I received my B.A. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. After graduation my interests turned towards spirituality, and I spent two years working for a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in Vermont. There I ran large-scale meditation retreat programs and developed my own meditation practice that I now integrate into my clinical work. After returning to my hometown of Los Angeles I pursued a career in chaplaincy. I completed a semester-long chaplaincy internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and provided spiritual support to individuals with an array of medical needs, from acute medical issues to terminal illnesses. While I loved this internship, upon completion I realized that my true calling was a career in social work.

Currently I am completing my second year in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California. In my first year I worked with older adults living in permanent supportive housing, providing psychotherapeutic support and case management services. I also interned at a substance abuse treatment center in Malibu, running group therapy focusing on mindfulness and CBT skills.

Personal Interests

As a dedicated meditation student, I love going on silent retreats to further deepen my practice. When I’m at home I enjoy making art, cooking, and taking care of my plants. Getting outdoors is also a passion, and there’s nothing like a camping trip with a big group of friends!

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