The California Society for Clinical Social Work was founded in 1969 in order to ensure the continued existence and quality of clinical social work as a mental health discipline. The mission of the Society today continues to emphasize the highest level of clinical training and education, adherence to standards of ethical practice, and a strong presence in the legislature to advance and protect the integrity of the profession.
The California Society for Clinical Social Work is the only organization devoted to the professional concerns of the Clinical Social Worker.
Over the years the Society has been the major proponent for clinical social work licensure, vendorship, parity with other professions, confidentiality of client records and therapists’ treatment notes, and informed consent for consumers of mental health services.
Society members practice in every venue: hospitals, agencies, clinics, schools, employee assistance programs and private practice.