California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Sac/Davis District continues to:

    1. provide mentorship groups for Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers (Jean & George Rosenfeld, Doug Adams) and 
    2. works with Sacramento State University’s Division of Social Work in providing the BBS required 15 hour supervisor’s class  to field instructors who want to become clinical supervisors. 
  • Friday, September 22, 2017 6:31 PM | Anonymous



    October 20 – Gordon Wong MD, MPH -- “Cutting Edge Developments in Psychotherapy. Dr. Wong is a psychopharmacologist is Menlo Park. He will focus on the use of genetic sequencing that provides new insights to psychiatric medication treatment.

    November 1 – Evening Social for members and prospective members – 6-8PM

    Separate invitation sent out – RSVP by October 25.

    November 17 – Karen Hamilton LMFT – “Families, Teens, Technology and Social Media.” Karen has written a guide for parents on dealing with today’s technology.


    January 19 – Rachael Manber PhD – “Dealing with Sleep Issues with CBT.” Rachael is a psychologist at Stanford who works effectively with sleep issues.

    February 16 – Gary Bertuccelli LCSW and Sandy Chan LCSW – “Palliative Medicine, Hospice, and the End of Life Option Act – How Do We Care for the Seriously Ill Patient?” Gary and Sandy work in Outpatient Palliative Medicine at Stanford.

    March 16 – Zonya Johnson PhD – “Multiculturalism and Clinical Practice.” Zonya Johnson is the Dean of the Sanville Institute and a clinical and health psychologist who has been in practice and teaching for over 40 years.

    April 20  -- Neil Brown LCSW – “Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: A Novel Family Therapy Approach.” Neil has worked with families, couples and individuals for thirty years and has written a book entitled Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle.

    May 18 Dena Sorbo LCSW – “Considering Boundaries and the Frame in the Ethical Practice of Psychotherapy.” Dena has a private practice in Los Altos and treats individuals, couples and families in long and short term analytically oriented treatment.


    Friday meetings are held at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. The meeting room is on the third floor next to the café with free parking below the building. Take the main elevator. Meeting time is 12:00 – 2:00PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking.  The presentation starts at 12:15PM following announcements. 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs per meeting as required by the BBS. Members earn credits at no cost. Credits for non-members are $15 per meeting. For additional information call either of the Coordinators – Virginia Frederick LCSW (650-324-8988) or Joan Berman LCSW (650-322-5102)

  • Sunday, December 04, 2016 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    District Coordinators:
    Emiliano Beltran, ASW ~
    Eleanor Speakes, LCSW, PPSC ~

    The Fresno District underwent a transition in leadership during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The current district leaders wish to extend a massive thank you to Lynn Lirette, Gabriele Case, Ken Katz, Anne Petrovich, Dolores Siegel, Barbara Varley, and the many unnamed people who served the Fresno District over the years.

    The last year was a busy one for the Fresno District.  In September 2015, we participated in a memorial service in honor of Dolores Siegel, LCSW, former CSCSW Board Member.  She was a dedicated and accomplished social worker, professor, and member of the CSCSW, and is greatly missed. 

    During the 2015-2016 academic year, we had well-attended monthly educational presentations.  We heard from Jason Fritts, LCSW on Dialetical Behavior Therapy; from Judith Tucker, MS, former District Attorney, on sexual abuse from a criminal justice perspective and implications for social workers; from Mary LeBeuf, LCSW on Shame Resilience Theory; from Alison Acton, LMFT on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR); from Jerry Silva, LCSW, Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Veteran Affairs Central California Healthcare System, on suicide risk, Operation S.A.V.E, and assessing lethality.

    This summer, our district coordinated an event in conjunction with the Department of Social Work Education at Fresno State, Fresno State Alumni Association Social Worker Chapter, and the Fresno State Title IV-E Child Welfare Program.  This event was a commemoration of Barbara Varley, LCSW, DSW, who was a Professor Emerita in the aforementioned department at Fresno State and a former President and Board member of CSCSW.  Dr. Varley contributed greatly to the clinical development and practice of social work.  Many close friends, loved ones, colleagues, faculty, and students shared memories about Dr. Varley.  Drs. Su and Veena Kapoor, who were close friends of Dr. Varley, introduced a scholarship they started in her memory.  Guests in attendance were able to make donations and take a book from Dr. Varley’s library.

    The Fresno CSCSW District is continuing to hold regular steering committee meetings and is actively looking for members to join the committee to help plan ongoing clinical presentations.

    District Coordinator Elizabeth Speakes has joined the CSCSW Board to fill the vacancy left by Nancy Delich, Ed. D, MATS, LCSW, PPSC, a professor at Fresno State, who resigned to focus on fulfilling her academic, clinical, and research responsibilities. 

    We meet every third Saturday from 9:30am-12pm and offer excellent trainings, CEUs, networking, and snacks.  If interested in more information, please contact us or attend one of our meetings.  We would love to hear from you!

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Greater Los Angeles District continues to increase its membership and to offer diverse opportunities for learning. We have been liaising with graduate schools and MSW alumni groups in an effort to attract even more new members. We have also expanded our steering committee and welcome any additional members who would like to contribute time and ideas to our expansion efforts. Debra DeCordova is our new District Coordinator.

    The Greater Los Angeles District is excited to announce our schedule of CEU events for the upcoming year. We hope you can join us. Save the dates!

    11/5/16 | Stacy Korfist, LMFT – Drumming in the Clinical Setting

    1/21/17 | Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT – Technology and Intimacy

    3/18/17 | Aydin Olson-Kennedy, ASW – Working with Transgender Clients

    5/20/17 | Kay Simmeth, LMFT – The Evidence Base for EMDR

    Our meetings are on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Betty Ford Center. As we have lengthened the meetings, participants earn 2 CEU's per meeting. We look forward to seeing you at soon! Please be in touch if you are interested in presenting or have ideas for dynamic presenters.

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    The San Fernando Valley District was recently invited to be part of the “Kick-Off Day” for first-year MSW students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). There were over 100 incoming students present who were eager to learn about our presentations and the many other benefits of CSCSW membership.

    Gloria Gesas had developed a collegial relationship with a CSUN professor, and as a result, this professor has been supportive of the Society and of the SFValley District. She has encouraged many social work students and graduates from CSUN to attend our district meetings.

    Our experience at the “Kick-Off Day” at California State University, Northridge further expanded our marketing efforts. Both Gloria’s personal outreach to the faculty at CSUN and our presence at this “Kick-Off Day” event have been productive and gainful. Tanya gave an impromptu speech about the Society to the students at this event emphasizing the clinical aspects of our organization and the advantages of joining the Society. This effort generated an enthusiasm toward membership. During our time at the “Kick-Off Day” event, we met many wonderful, enthusiastic MSW students and were impressed with CSUN’s relatively new Department of Social Work and its faculty and students.

    We have been invited to present to both first- and second-year MSW students at USC in October and later to alumni. Tanya and Gloria are both USC alumni.

    Gloria Gesas, LCSW was involved in outreach and marketing activities during her 20 years at Jewish Family Service. Tanya Moradians PhD, LCSW was one of the early members of the Society and is in private practice in Encino working with the older adult population. Gloria and Tanya have been the District Coordinators for the San Fernando Valley District since its revitalization nearly five years ago. They have both been active, instrumental members of CSCSW for over three decades. They are passionate about their continued involvement in the Society and continue to convey enthusiasm and dedication to those clinical social workers who are new to our profession and our organization.

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    The San Diego District is very active, holding CEU programs every month, as well as other opportunities for networking and professional development. Our programs usually attract approximately 25-30 LCSWs, ASWs, and MSW students from San Diego State University and the University of Southern California. In the past, our programs have included compelling, germane topics, such as Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), Pharmacological Vs. Non-Pharmacological Treatment Options, the Hidden Impact of Divorce on Children, Compassion Cultivation, Working with Transgender Clients in Transition, and Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment.

    Last March, we organized our annual “Spring Fling.” Over 30 attendees benefitted from networking, learning about job announcements, and hearing a report by our state representative, Ellen Eichler, on the various programs and activities offered by CSCSW and on the BBS changes for ASWs.

    Please stay tuned for information about our upcoming programs, of which we have several scheduled in the coming months. We will advertise them on the CSCSW as well as via email to our district’s members. Please contact Ros Goldstein, LCSW if you are interested in becoming involved in this vibrant district!

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    As the final program of the year on May 14, the Sacramento/Davis District enjoyed a backyard symposium moderated by Mick Rogers, LCSW at the home of Jean and George Rosenfeld. The symposium was designed to elevate the voices of ASWs and other emerging mental health professionals who often serve on the frontlines of the profession. The symposium also provided the opportunity for participants to connect and engage in professional development. “Lessons from the Front Lines: A Cross-Generational Dialogue” featured three presentations by new clinicians: Suicidality Among Veterans and the Power of Providing Peer Group Support to this Population, by Katie Culpepper, ASW; An Exploration of Clients’ Expectations of Immediate Results in Therapy, by Katelyn Sandoval, MFTi; and The Need to Assess for Sex Trafficking Among Children in Residential Facilities, by Terryn Middlebrook, MFTi. Seasoned social workers and recent MSW graduates alike appreciated learning from inspiring, hard-working clinicians new to the field. Hearing the perspectives of new and more experienced members was informative and enlivening.

    The Sacramento/Davis District has a robust schedule of CEU programming over the next eight months and is also continuing the ASW consultation group started by two members last year. Stay tuned for more information about our exciting upcoming events and programs!

  • Monday, August 22, 2016 9:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Greater Los Angeles District is excited to announce our schedule of CEU events for the upcoming year.  We hope you can join us for these opportunities for learning and networking.  Save the dates!

    9/17/16:  Mindfulness and Intimacy with Giselle Jones, ACSW and Monica Blauner, LCSW

    11/5/16:  Drumming with Stacy Korfist, LMFT

    1/21/17:  Technology and Intimacy with Rob Weiss, LCSW

    3/18/17:  Transgender Clients with  Aydin Olson-Kennedy, ACSW 

    5/20/17:  Evidence base for EMDR with Kay Simmeth, LMFT 

    Our meetings are on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  There will be time for networking and a 2 hour presentation so participants can earn 2 CEU's.  The meetings will be held at the Betty Ford Center at 10700 Santa Monica Blvd. #310, Los Angeles, CA.  CEU's are free for CSCSW members and available for LCSW's, LMFT's and LPCC's.  CEU's for nonmembers are $20.  All disciplines are welcome!

  • Monday, August 01, 2016 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    San Diego District returns to our monthly programs, beginning on September 1.  More information about district meetings will be published soon.

  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Greater Los Angeles District is very pleased to announce that Debra DeCordova has agreed to be our new District Coordinator.  She attended California State U., Long Beach for her MSW and has been licensed in California since 1998.  She currently works at Kaiser Permanente in Valencia in the Psychiatry Department, where she is the lead clinician for the Intensive Treatment Program.  Her other interests include working with transgender patients, running a couples workshop, leading a group for patients over 60, and EMDR.  She first joined the California Society for Clinical Social Work as a new MSW and had a mentor through the Society.  Debra lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

    The District is in the process of forming a new steering committee and planning CEU events for the upcoming year.  Events that are planned include Rob Weiss, LCSW speaking on Technology and Intimacy in January and Stacy Korfist, MFT giving an experiential presentation on Drumming. 

    Our meetings will be on Saturday mornings from 10 to 12:30. There will be time for networking and a 2 hour presentation so participants can earn 2 CEU’s.  The meetings will be held at the Betty Ford Center at 10700 Santa Monica Blvd. #310, Los Angeles, CA.  CEU’s are free for CSCSW members and available for LCSW’s, MFT’s and LPCC’s.  All disciplines are welcome!

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