Michele F. Prince, MSW, MAJCS
Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
Michele Prince, Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, is best known for, among other things, her ability to synthesize complex information and bring order to complicated and multi-faceted issues. An oncology social worker and Jewish non-profit professional, Ms. Prince moved into the world of Judaism, health, and healing after a fifteen-year career as an accomplished account manager and consultant in marketing, strategic planning, and advertising in the non-profit and for-profit marketplaces.
Part of Ms. Prince's responsibilities leading the Kalsman Institute is as an adjunct faculty member of HUC-JIR/LA's Rabbinical School. She teaches and also works directly with all students in pastoral internships, providing group and individual supervision, reflection, and guidance.
Ms. Prince was appointed the Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in July 2007. She received her M.S.W. from the USC School of Social Work and M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR in 2002. Ms. Prince continues to work as a member of the oncology social work staff at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital. At the end of her first year of service at Norris, she was named Norris Employee of the Year.
Ms. Prince is founder of The Jewish Bereavement Project, at a website based service which has served thousands of people in the Los Angeles area with information and referrals since it was launched in 2002 (www.jewishbereavement.com). She has conducted over thirty workshops on such topics as "A Behavioral Health Introduction for Rabbis," "The Basics of Hospice," "Communication Skills," "Advanced Cancer & End of Life Care," "Congregational Responses to Chronic Illness," and "Putting Our Affairs in Order: Legal and Financial Matters from a Jewish Perspective."
Areas of Expertise
- Psychosocial Oncology
- Grief and Bereavement
- Palliative Care
- Jewish and interfaith pastoral care, counseling and education
- Jewish healing movement evolution
- Congregational responses to illness and wellness
- Non-profit business marketing, employee retention and management
Lecture, Workshop and Paper Title Highlights
- Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, 2002
- Master of Arts, Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College, 2002
- Bachelor of Arts, School of Communications: Advertising, Michigan State University, 1988
- Theologies of Chronic Illness
- Flourishing or Failing: Who are Today's Jewish Seniors?
- A Behavioral Health Introduction for Rabbis
- Jewish Perspectives on Health, Healing and Wholeness
- The Evolution of the Jewish Healing Movement
- The Basics of Hospice
- Communication Skills
- Advanced Cancer & End of Life Care
- Putting Our Affairs in Order: Legal and Financial Matters from a Jewish Perspective
- Kalsman Institute Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research, funding by the John Templeton Foundation, 2009-2011
- Judaism, Health and Healing for Physicians - Helping Clinicians Integrate their Spiritual and Clinical Lives, Multi-Site Educational Course, In-Field, 2008-2011
- Group Support Interventions for Men and Women with Esophageal and Gastric Cancer: How are they Helpful and Why? USC Norris Cancer Hospital, IRB draft in process, 2010
- Simultaneous Care: Linking Palliative Care to Clinical Trials, Multi-site study: USC Norris, UC Davis Health System, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, City of Hope National Medical Center, Co-Investigator, 2004
- Chair, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Committee on Educational Effectiveness, Review of Faculty Mentoring and Supervision, 2008-2011
- Patient Support Trainer, American Cancer Society's Cancer Resource Network, 2005-present
- Clinical Social Worker, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, monthly ongoing support group for patients, loved ones and staff, 2001-present
- Student Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), UCLA Medical Center, 2007-2008
- Founder, The Jewish Bereavement Project, providing grief support services and resources to Los Angeles County, at www.jewishbereavement.com, launched 2002
- Employee of the Year, Spirit of Norris, UCS Norris Cancer Hospital, 2003
- Recipient, American Cancer Society, Master's Oncology Social Work Training Grant, 2001
- Jewish Family Service, Patient Funding Grant, 2001