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Jill Johnson-Young


Susana Anaya-Baca


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Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, is the CEO and Clinical Director of Central Counseling Services in Riverside. She is a certified Grief Recovery Facilitator, and specializes her private practice work in grief and loss, dementia, trauma, and adoption issues. She has more than a decade of experience with hospice and trains therapists and social workers in areas that include correctly treating childhood trauma, grief and loss, and dementia care. She holds a BA from UC Riverside, and her MSW from the University of South Florida.

Jill is the creator of Your Path Through Grief, which is a year-long, comprehensive grief support program which has a free therapist page. She is also the author of Your Own Path Through Grief a workbook for those in the grief process to work toward recovery, which can be used individually, in a group, or with a therapist. It is available on Amazon. She’s also the author of the children’s books Someone is sick- how do I say goodbye? and Someone I love Just Died: What happens now?

She is a member of the Purple Cities coalition in Riverside and facilitates a dementia support group monthly.

Jill is available for presentations about the following issues:

  • Grief and loss: all ages, all kinds of losses (pets, family, friends, chronic illness and sudden losses, hospice and what to expect, new ways to see grief, coping, how loss impacts the grieving person, others).

  • Adoption: losses involved, multiple placements, helping families transform through the adoption process, correctly identifying the issues adopted children may be facing.

  • Dementia: Losses, involved, coping for those with dementia and those impacted by it, recovery after a loss form dementia, family dynamics in coping with dementia.

  • Funeral industry: Helping families cope without being their grief counselor, identifying families with issues and high risk individuals, helping families after a mass murder situation, self-care, talking with children and helping parents cope with children after a loss.

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Susana Anaya-Baca, LCSW joined Central Counseling Services as a therapist in 2018. She is a graduate of California State University Long Beach School of Social Work where she earned her Master in Social Work with a concentration in older adults and families (OAF). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#69056) and is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California since 2015. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Anaya-Baca has experience working with a wide range of individuals and settings. Prior to entering private practice she practiced as a clinical medical social worker with individuals and families facing life-limiting illness in the area of home health, palliative care and hospice. Susana is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Susana is available for presentations about the following issues:

  • Grief and Loss: Loss as experienced by children and adults and how to support coping. Different kinds of losses (pets, family, friends, sudden loss) chronic illness, terminal illness, functional loss, hospice, hospice and the Latino population, death and dying what to expect.

  • Dementia: Positive interactions with individuals with memory impairment. Maintaining safety for individuals with dementia living at home.

  • Aging: Aging and its losses (mental and physical), aging in place, cognitive strengthening.

  • Care giving issues: caregiver burnout, self-care and stress reduction.

  • Women’s issues: new mother experience, traumatic birth and postpartum depression.


Upcoming Events

5/23/18: Grief and Recovery, Inland Association for the Continuity of Care, Renaissance Village Moreno Valley 11:30-1:30

6/4/18: Grieving Caregivers Who Break The Rules, International Grief and Bereavement Conference, Univ of WI La Crosse

6/19/18: Grief before and After, Parkview Community Hospital Foundation

7/19/18: Transforming Bereavement: Clinical Practices for Grief and Loss. Podcast for Good Therapy Continuing Education, 2 hours

8/29/19: Child Abuse and Neglect and its Impact, Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center

9/19/18: Dementia Education Series facilitator, Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

10/26/18: Recognizing Dementia- Getting it Right, NASW Statewide conference, LAX

12/7/18: My Client is Dying: What Can I say and Do?, Redwood Area CAMFT Chapter, Santa Rosa, CA 9am

1/23/19: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease: An update for Professionals, Miller Jones Mortuary & Crematory, Ramona Room, 1501 W Florida Ave, Hemet, CA, 10am

3/22/19: How do I talk to my grieving client? The “stuff” to know, and the words not to use, LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA, 9am

4/16/19: Dealing With Loss, UCR Osher Life Lecture Series, UC Riverside

4/27/19: Grief Shouldn’t = Forever, CAMFT Statewide conference, San Francisco, CA

Prior Engagements

California Funeral Directors Association, Statewide Conference, 2016: Taking Care of Grieving Families While Taking Care of You

CAMFT Inland Empire Chapter, 2017: Dementia 101

City of Riverside, Purple Cities Education Series, 2016 available on the city website: Dementia 101

CAMFT State Conference, 2013: Treating Adoption Families Right: Attachment Issues versus Attachment Disorder

Myositis Foundation of America, 2010: Adapting to change in chronic illness

Life Long Learning Program, Cal State University Fullerton, OLLIE, 2014-2018, presenting on talking about death with children, having difficult conversations, breaking the grief rules, multicultural perspectives on burial and cremation, new relationships after loss, and additional topics.

Upcoming Events

September 10, 2018 - SCALE Charter School Corona , CA - Suicide Awareness Week Keynote Speaker