Tailored Multi-Component Caregiver Training

The Tailored Multi-Component Caregiver Training is a personalized one-on-one training and support targeted towards caregivers with high stress and/or depression scores, as identified by the Dementia Care Managers. It begins with an initial assessment of needs by a trainer. The trainers include a lead social worker who supervises Masters of Social Work (MSW) student interns who deliver caregiver training and support. Based on their needs, caregivers are offered appropriate resources including one-on-one education/training, participation in a Caregiver Bootcamp and/or community-based services (e.g. financial planning, support group, respite care).

Meet our 2016 – 2017 MSW Interns:

Melody Gunadi


Hi, my name is Melody Gunadi. I am Chinese Indonesian and I am currently in my second year of USC’s MSW program. I live a mile from USC and Staples Center, next to Downtown Los Angeles.

Last year, I worked primarily with seniors who had dementia and/or Alzheimer’s at Community Assistance Program for Seniors in Pasadena. I facilitated a group that promoted socialization between clients and led individual therapy sessions. I also learned to administer patient assessments. Most importantly, I learned to engage with clients and their caregivers on a daily basis.

I find a lot of satisfaction working with adults who need support in a very difficult time in their lives, whether it be the caregiver and/or the client. I look forward to serving at UCLA’s I-CareD program and working in an interdisciplinary team.

Sarah Lindeman


Hi! I am Sarah Lindeman and am excited to be a social work intern with UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. I am based near Culver City on the Westside of LA.

I am a first year social work graduate student and am working towards a dual masters degree in Gerontology and Social Work. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with over 5 years experience as a direct care provider with older adults in a variety of care settings. I am looking froward to working with the I-Care D program and continuing to support individuals and families.

Leslie Ortiz


My name is Leslie Ortiz and I’m Hispanic American. My parents are both Guatemalan, so I like to consider myself half Mayan. I’m currently in the 3rd and final year of my MSW program at USC. Last year, I was an intern at A Community of Friends (ACOF), an organization based in Downtown Los Angeles that provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals with a dual diagnosis. In this role, I primarily provided case management services and conducted psychoeducation groups in addition to offering one-on-one counseling and crisis intervention.

As an intern with the ICARED program at UCLA, I would like to enhance my skills in providing counseling to help individuals that may be experiencing high levels of stress. In addition, I hope to gain experience in working with an interdisciplinary team and learn more about how each discipline contributes in order to more effectively help a patient in need.

I currently live in the Mid-City/Culver City area, but spend the majority of my time in the West LA/Century City area due to work.

Kathleen Wonacott


Hi, my name is Kathleen Wonacott, and I am a 2nd year Master of Social Work Student at USC.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and attended the University of Redlands for my undergraduate education where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I currently reside in Silverlake.

I have a background in mental health and addiction, and have worked in a variety of medical and rehabilitative settings. I completed my first year internship at Beit T’Shuvah, where I conducted individual psychotherapy with individuals suffering from addiction and mood disorders. I additionally participated in a year long clinical training group discussing bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of recovery.

I am excited to be apart of UCLA’s I-CareD program, and I look forward to providing support to caregivers and the individuals diagnosed with various forms of dementia and memory loss.