Lynne Woodward


Lynne Woodward, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in treating children and families in a variety of settings in Santa Clara County.   She has been licensed as a mental health professional by the State of California since December 1976.

Ms. Woodward’s clinical experience includes working in Child Protective Services for the County of Santa Clara, establishing the first Social Work Program in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, leading a Day Treatment Program for twenty-five severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents at Eastfield Ming-Quong, operating as Mental Health Project Director at Friends Outside and maintaining a private practice is Los Gatos for the past 30 years.  Her contract mental health services include work in an elementary school in the Oak Grove School District and the Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District.  She taught in the Special Education Department at Foothill College and was a therapist in the Psychological Services Department at Foothill College.  She served as an Executive Director of Family Education Foundation, as a consultant to the San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force and as a team member of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Drug Treatment Court.

Ms. Woodward provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and couples and specializes in treating ADD-ADHD and developmental disorders on that spectrum including Autism and Tourette’s syndrome.   She provides mental health services, including diagnosis, assessment, evaluation and treatment and expert witness testimony, for clients involved in the Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law systems.  She has worked as a Special Master and independent custody evaluator for Family Court in Santa Clara County.

Ms. Woodward has served the Santa Clara County community in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commission, President of the Board of Directors of Friends Outside, President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara County Law Advocates, Member of the Justice System Advisory Board and Chair of the Board of Directors of Valley Institute of Theatre Arts.

Ms. Woodward received National recognition for her work in the Public Defender’s Office from the National Legal Aid and Defender’s Association.  She was the first woman and the first non-lawyer so honored.

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