Elizabeth Eastlund earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UCLA in 1998. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in February 2008, she joined the Rainbow Services staff as Director of Programs in April 2006. Previous to Rainbow, Eastlund gained valuable experience as the Director of Residential Services for Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit housing developer located in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. She also served the community as the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Coordinator for the CARE Program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, where she continued to gain experience developing programs while providing individual counseling to persons living with HIV. As a guest lecturer at the USC School of Social Work, Eastlund’s is dedicated to influencing the next generation of social workers. With a private practice that provides individual therapy to persons living with HIV/AIDS, she utilizes trauma-informed and harm-reduction perspectives to develop service-enriched housing and addiction programs. She also specializes in counseling those who have experienced interpersonal trauma and people who are living with life threatening illnesses.
She says, “nature, music, art, constant gratitude and laughter keep me grounded in this life that is full of challenging moments but also incredible beauty. My newest mantra is to slow down and pay attention.”