California Society for Clinical Social Work


CSCSW is a professional organization focused on the needs of clinical social workers in California. We are a community that provides opportunities for continuing education, networking, and connecting with colleagues in order to advance your career.


Why Join?

  • Connections and Networking
  • Professional Involvement 
  • Professional Development
  • Making a Difference 
  • Staying Current

The Jannette Alexander Foundation for Clinical Social Work Education is a subsidiary non-profit education foundation of the California Society for Clinical Social Work. Each year the Jannette Alexander Foundation scholarship fund awards scholarships to graduating MSW students for excellence in clinical studies. Students selected for the Jannette Alexander Foundation scholarship are awarded with a scholarship and a one year free membership to CSCSW. 

Law & Ethics: What Goes Around . . .

What goes around….” is a 6-hour law/ethics workshop focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, including changes to child abuse reporting obligations, changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and risks regarding telehealth practice, updates on duties to inform and warn when violent behavior may occur, modifications of laws concerning “retirement” of professionals, receiving subpoenas, testifying in court, risk management for supervisors, suicide risk management, and “selected slippery slopes.”

Palo Alto Conference
January 28, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
795 El Camino Real | Palo Alto

Upcoming events

The Clinical Update - CSCSW Newsletter

We are excited to share our most recent issue of The Clinical Update with you! Click here to view the current edition.

Our Fall 2016 issue features articles from clinicians on four interesting topics: clinical approaches to enhance meaning for clients later in life, horticulture therapy’s viability and impact, the use of sandtray therapy to help therapists heal from vicarious trauma, and considerations for clinical social work abroad.  There are also short biographies of the outstanding 2016 winners of the Jannette Alexander Scholarships, as well as important updates from our President and District Coordinators.

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Social Justice Letter to Members 

Regardless of our individual political affiliations, we have all had strong reactions to the recent election, which has revealed deep divisions in our country.  The election results and aftermath have also exposed the continued oppression and marginalization of people based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, class, and more. 

The goals of clinical social work and social justice work have always been and continue to be of utmost urgency and import.  This is the time to come together to uphold the values in which we believe and to model these values for our clients, our communities, and our country.  Social workers have always believed in supporting those who have suffered because they identify as part of historically oppressed populations.  Now, more than ever, we must stand up for those of us who identify as Black, Latino/a/x, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQ, female, immigrant, disabled, or as a member of any other oppressed group.  We must celebrate our diversity because that is what makes our country great.  Bigotry is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue that we cannot tolerate.

I am sincerely grateful to you for committing to being the extraordinary social workers I am proud to call members of this organization.  Together, we must fight for justice for all.  The Board and District Coordinators are considering ways to support you, and we encourage you to send us your ideas for programs that promote social justice in its myriad forms.  In light of some new challenges and some long recognized, we want to help you mobilize yourselves and CSCSW to take effective, compassionate action that will benefit our clients, each other, our communities, our country, and our world.

May we move forward together in peace, healing, and action.


Leah Reider, LCSW
CSCSW President

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