The Voice of Clinical Social Work.California Society
         for Clinical Social WorkDedicated to Quality Mental Health Services for All.

Dear CSCSW members:




In my last communication to the members of CSCSW, I told you that we needed to close our doors at the end of November due to financial difficulties.  Since that time I have heard from so many of you that you want us to remain open and that you want to continue to belong to an organization which represents clinical social workers.  Many referred to the fact that CSCSW was instrumental in obtaining the license for social workers in California and in protecting that license.   Many of you have offered to help in whatever way you can to resurrect the Society.  We want you to know that we want CSCSW to remain open and strong.


The good news is that we are planning a brainstorming retreat to generate ideas that would make CSCSW a viable organization once again.  We are hopeful that this will be the beginning of an effort to strengthen our organization by coming up with new ideas for increasing our membership and our programs.  In particular, we are interested in attracting younger social work graduates and recently licensed LCSW’s, since these young social workers are the future of  CSCSW and of the profession of clinical social work.  We also want to discuss other changes that will help to attract and retain members. 


Since we will not be able to accommodate a large group at the retreat, we would like to solicit your ideas for making CSCSW a stronger, more vibrant organization.  If you have ideas for us, you may send them to me at:


We are aware that you may have heard from other organizations, asking you to join their associations, since they have heard that we are closing.  Our Board of Directors feels strongly that we should protect our members’ contact information from other organizations that have been aggressive in their pursuit of our members’ personal information.  We have taken no steps to dissolve CSCSW and hope that you will give us the chance to rebound as a new, stronger association. 


If we go forward, as we hope to do, we will need your help.  There will be much work to be done in the areas of marketing and fundraising.  In the near future, we will need to ask members for monetary contributions with the understanding that these contributions will not be tax deductible because of our tax classification.  I’m hoping that we can count on you to help us succeed as you have so generously done in the past!


With thanks for all your support,


Leah Reider, LCSW

President, CSCSW

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