A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Talolo Lepale, MSW, MBA, LCSW

Bryan Cafferky, PhD

Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Director, Field Education

Contact Information

Email tlepale@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7581
Fax 909-379-7594

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Office 201B
Loma Linda University
1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA  92408

Degrees and Certifications

  • Master of Social Work - Loma Linda University, 1999
  • Master of Business Administration - University of Redlands, 2003

Areas of Specialization

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Team building
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Medical social work
  • Working with adults and older adults
  • Trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and end-of-life

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW28702
  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences (ACBS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)

Recent Presentations

  • 2014. Psychosocial Distress within the Church: Recognizing when your church family is in need. Riverside Community Church, Training for church staff on mental health, peer interventions and how to recognizing when church members are in need of professional services.   
  • 2014. An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Functional Contextual Approach to Value Centered Living. Loma Linda University Medical Center. A one hour introduction in the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to patients with chronic medical conditions in acute and outpatient care settings.
  • 2013. Identifying and Screening for Psychosocial Distress in Oncology Patients. Loma Linda University Health. Training for physicians in cancer related psychosocial distress and how to successfully screen and treat these patients.
  • 2008-2013. The Power of Social Work. Loma Linda University Health, bimonthly training for new clinical staff orientation describing how to identify psychosocial distress within an acute care setting and development of treatment plan interventions. 
  • 2012. Life with Cancer: Keeping it All Together. Training for patients, caregivers, and oncology staff on the psychosocial impact of cancer and how to navigate available hospital, community, and government resources.
  • 2012. Screening for Psychosocial Oncology Distress. Loma Linda University Cancer Center staff training
  • 2012. Identifying Suicide Risk. Loma Linda University Cancer Center nursing staff training.
  • 2011. Suicide In-service. Loma Linda University Health, staff training on identifying depression and suicide risk.

Community Engagement

  • Mayor's Office, City of Riverside Homeless Initiative (2016-present)
  • Riverside Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists, regularly scheduled sermons (2015-present)
  • Riverside Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists, Church Development Committee, Chair (2015-present)
  • Riverside Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists, Heart of Worship, Program Director (2014-present)
  • Riverside Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists, Worship Leader (praise team, guitar, vocals) (2010-present)
  • Riverside Christian Counselors, psychotherapy at no cost to individuals and families (2012-2017)
  • Riverside County Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Fighter (1995-1997, 2005-2008)