Eshele Williams has a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in Human Development, a M.A. from Pacific Oaks College in Marriage Family Child Counseling and a PsyD. from Phillips Graduate University. As a Dr. of Psychology in Organizational Management and Consulting and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist she has dedicated her career to supporting children, families and organizations in multiple capacities. Her work in the child welfare field includes experience as a professor, researcher, curriculum developer, writer, parenting program coordinator, health team coordinator for children with the chronic illness (Sickle Cell disease), public speaker, trainer/educator and adoption support program project coordinator.
As an Independent Consultant, Trainer, Educator, and Psychotherapist working in the field of social services Dr. Williams provides support, education, and training on multiple subject areas that impact children, families, and organizations. Engagements with Dr. Williams will assist with Embracing Self Healing Empathy Love & Empowerment in life, work, and organizations.
Dr. Williams is currently faculty at Pacific Oaks College in the School of Child and Family Psychology, has served as the Clinical Director of an Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility creating curriculum and overseeing day to day operations. Clinical Coordinator of a Transition Age Youth program at Hillsides in Pasadena, Project Coordinator of Adoption Promotion and Support Services at Children’s Bureau in Los Angeles and as the Project Coordinator of Project Fatherhood at D'Veal Family and Youth Services in Pasadena. She is experienced as a therapist, providing direct services, support and education to children and families. She also supervised and trained staff who provided specialized education services for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents along the foster care to adoption continuum.
She possesses extensive knowledge and skill in conducting interviews and training with children, families, and professionals across the country and internationally. She is a current Board of Directors member of the National Foster Parent Association and Advisory Board Member of Pacific Oaks College School of Child and Family Psychology. She is trained in implementing the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) PRIDE Model of Practice and the New Generation PRIDE Model of Practice to develop and support resource parents as team members in child protection, and in the CWLA Kinship Care – Traditions of Caring and Collaborating Model of Practice. She has trained Kinship caregivers in the Kinship Education Partnership and Support program (KEPS) in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services Kinship Division.
Eshele Williams has conducted extensive research, has written and trains on the Impact of Fostering on Birth Children, Previously Adopted Children and Kinship Children of Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Parents. Her personal history, research and studies have informed the body of information. Dr. Williams brings a unique perspective as the birth child of kinship, foster, and adoptive parents for almost 30 years and having been raised for a portion of her life by her grandmother in informal kinship care. In addition, she has written children’s books that help parents initiate and explore conversations with their birth children in preparation of the families’ foster care, kinship and adoption experience. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate for children and families and through her work she creates lasting impact that encourages people to look at the pertinent issues that face children and families impacted by foster care, adoption, and kinship care.