MICHELLE GENTLE joined as an adjunct lecturer in 2013, teaching courses on human behavior and the social environment, and grief, loss and bereavement.
A licensed clinical social worker, Gentle currently serves as clinical supervisor for the Welcome Baby Program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. In this position, she oversees the clinical aspects of the program, providing supervision, education and training, and staff development. She supervises associate clinical social workers preparing for licensure and has been a field instructor for second-year Master of Social Work students. Previously, she worked as a clinical social worker at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach, where she focused on families and children in the neonatal intensive care and women’s health units. Primary modalities used included crisis intervention, grief counseling, short-term counseling and psychoeducation. She also co-created and implemented hospital-wide de-escalation training on “Effective Management of Challenging Patient/Family Situations in Pediatric Settings.”
She presented on “Ethical Decision-Making and Palliative Care in the NICU” at the 2013 National Association of Neonatal Nurses conference. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, and California State University, Dominguez Hills.