California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) is a professional organization focused on the needs of clinical social workers in California. CSCSW supports members by:

  • Advocating for the profession.
  • Providing updates on licensing requirements and insurance issues.
  • Offering CEUs and high quality clinical presentations. 
  • Hosting networking opportunities through District Meetings, Mentoring and other events.
  • Providing a community where members connect with peers statewide through the Listserv, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The CSCSW Board and District Coordinators met in January 2020 to work on the strategic plan of the society and prepare for upcoming initiatives.

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Upcoming events

Navigating the LCSW Licensing Process

Direct from the source, join us to learn all you need to know to make the licensing process as easy as possible. Kim Madsen, Executive Officer of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), will present an overview of the licensing process, including registering as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW), accruing hours for licensure, and taking the exams. LCSWs will also provide their advice for successfully navigating the licensure process, including addressing common issues licensees face, sharing strategies on taking the exams and forming strong supervisory relationship as you accrue your hours for licensure. 

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Letter from our President, Monica Blauner, LCSW

Founded in 1969, I am very proud to celebrate CSCSW’s 50th birthday year!  We had a “birthday party” in Los Angeles that was well attended, including four past presidents: Renee Lonner, Lynette Sim, Carole Bender, Jan Lipschutz and several early and founding members including Rama Weizman, Tanya Moradians and Masayo Isono. 

Member Survey Results

In our effort to grow and revitalize the Society, we conducted several surveys to stay in touch with the needs of our members and potential members. We constructed three different surveys, one for our current members (62 respondents), another for former members (37 respondents), and a third for those who have never been members (50 respondents). Thank you to all who participated in the surveys!

Member Spotlight: Nadia Aquino

Read about Nadia's career path, experience toward licensure, and involvement with CSCSW. 

Jannette Alexander Scholarship Recipients


Sexual Infidelity vs. Sex/Porn Addiction

This article looks at the difference between infidelity and addictive/compulsive sexual behavior and suggests where effective therapy and support can be found for each of these issues.

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Your Private Practice

When clinicians come to me for consultation, they often describe a desire to help people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but have experienced frustration and confusion about how best to go about it.  Maybe they’ve been doing talk therapy and aren’t seeing improvement or maybe they’ve taken a stab at Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and have run into difficulties doing in-session exposures.They are not alone.  

A Brush Up on Clinical Documentation: A Clinician’s Considerations

We therapists and social workers are told time and time again that our notes are legal documents, yet we often receive very little training about what actually needs to be in them.  Further, there are a number of myths that float around the therapist community that can get providers into serious legal trouble (for example: "Notes need to be short and vague to protect client confidentiality,” or, “Clinicians in private practice don’t really need to keep notes”).  

No Medication Required: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, an Evidence-Based Treatment

Sleep. We all need it. While many people reference not sleeping the night before as having “insomnia,” an estimated 10-30% of adults in the general population suffer from persistent  problems with sleep that meet criteria for the clinical diagnosis of Insomnia (Bhaskaret al 2016).  It is believed that an estimated 20-40% of adults seeking healthcare in a primary care office, suffer from Insomnia. These numbers are higher for Veterans and persons suffering from other mental health diagnoses.

On Being a Mother and a Therapist

This article is really a love story about my profession of working with adolescents and my role of being a mother, both of which are so central and important to who I am…and the challenge of bridging the two roles at times.   We have a daughter in eighth grade and two sons, fifth and third grade.   As a therapist in a small community, it is tricky to open up about my work with local adolescents and their families while maintaining their confidentiality… and it also feels vulnerable as a mother to share my own struggles and maintain some privacy for our own family.  I am hoping that I can provide a glimpse for you into my thinking about adolescents, ways in which I grapple as a parent, and ultimately some tips and goals as we parent our growing children.  I love to work with adolescents, but it is a whole new endeavor to parent them!

Book Review: Prodependence, Moving Beyond Codependency

In his book Prodependence, Moving Beyond Codependency, Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW offers a provocative and new approach to working with caregivers of addicts that is useful and strength based. Dr. Weiss succinctly challenges, and in this writer’s opinion rightly so, the Codependent movement.  His book begins with a brief summary of past trends in the mental health and addiction fields that I found helpful as a reminder that a health provider’s primary priority must be first and foremost to “do no harm.” 

Book Review: Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle by Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a book for parents of middle and high school teenagers and for therapists who treat them.  I found this book very effective in helping to move strained relationships toward rewarding, cooperative ones.  With insights on every page, it is a roadmap leading to solutions and results that are sorely needed by many families. 

Cartoon: Jean Rosenfeld

Check out the cartoon from our own cartoonist, Jean Rosenfeld. Her book of cartoons about psychotherapy -Therapy Cracks Me Up! - can be found on Amazon.

Poetry -- From: The Way Back: Poems by Mike Owens

Mike Owens discovered poetry and creative writing while in prison serving Life Without Parole in the California Prison System. He's been incarcerated for over twenty years for two gang-related murders he was convicted of in the 1990s. Mike now serves as a mentor for at-risk youth, and will soon receive his A.A. degree from Folsom Lake College in Sociology. He's working on a facilitator’s manual as a companion book to his poetry collection, so that his ideas will reach others in the system who might benefit from writing, reading, and talking about it.

Important BBS Regulation Changes

Two significant changes in law reported by the BBS, which became effective January 1, 2019.

CSCSW Ethics Consultations

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