California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:19 PM | Anonymous

    District Coordinator:

    Emiliano Beltran ~

    Stay tuned! We are still active in this location. Please contact the district coordinator for more information.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    District Coordinators: 

    Monica Blauner ~
    Lisa Haas ~

    We are very excited about re-vitalizing the Greater Los Angeles (GLA) District. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the first GLA District Coordinator, Linda Levinson, and to previous District Co-Coordinators Lynette Sim, Katy Kolodziejski, and Rebecca Danelski, for their leadership and dedication to CSCSW. Thank you also to steering committee member Judith Messinger who opened up her beautiful home for the meetings.

    We have found a new meeting space at the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles that is bright and accessible and holds over 50 people. Our next CE event will be on May 7, “Creating Meaning in Later Life.” The presenter will be Janet Yang, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Director, Heritage Clinic ( and a psychologist in the Los Angeles area who specializes in the issues of aging.

    After the presentation, volunteers for the Greater Los Angeles steering committee will have a brief meeting to discuss planning for future events. All those who are interested in participating and contributing ideas are welcome!

    Our June meeting will occur on June 11 on the topic of “Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Tool,” presented by Monica Blauner, LCSW, CSAT, the former Program Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, currently in private practice specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency and sexual addictions.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    District Coordinators:

    Virginia Frederick ~
    Joan Berman ~

    We are happy to report that we had 28 social workers attend our January meeting, during which Janet Yang, Ph.D. gave a very well-received presentation on working with aging patients to create meaning in later life. Our February meeting was also very successful with a wonderful presentation from our president, Leah Reider, LCSW and Joan Berman, LCSW on “Working with High-Conflict Divorce Families.” On March 18, Greg Merrell, LCSW and Director of Field Education at the University of California, Berkeley School for Social Welfare, will present “The Move to Competency-Based Education in Social Work: Implications for Clinical Practice.” This will be a special offering for the month of March, which is Social Work Month. We encourage you to join us!

    A couple of years ago, we moved our meetings out of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry, as we were getting too big for the room which only held 30 comfortably. Currently, we are meeting at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. We currently offer between seven to 10 CE programs per year. We have a wonderful group of members who help with the steering committee each year. We are always working on providing interesting and relevant programs for social workers to obtain their CEUs and know how important this is to our members. We are currently also focusing on outreach to younger members in order to engage and support the next generation of our profession.

    Virginia Frederick, LCSW has been involved in CSCSW in one way or another since 1982 and has been one of the District Coordinators for about 30 years.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    District Coordinator:

    Leilani Buddenhagen ~

    We continue to operate a vibrant district. We hold eight programs a year, with monthly meetings from September-May. We are historically on leave during the three summer months. An active steering committee helps to plan our meetings, which are 2-hour CE presentations. We have just moved locations and are now starting meetings at a local community center. Leilani Buddenhagen, ASW is officially the District Coordinator, but many other accomplished social workers in the area are very active and involved, including Nancy White, Mick Rogers, and Jean Rosenfeld.

    We are actively trying to develop our programming to expand beyond CEU presentations, with a special focus on services for ASWs. This year, we started a consultation group for ASWs, led by two members. We are hoping to expand this to two groups that will start and end at designated times during the year in order to create a cohort experience. We are also discussing the feasibility of devoting our May program to an ASW symposium, at which we would invite ASWs to present short talks on their work, papers or theses. The symposium would be designed to elevate the voices of ASWs as critical players in the field who often serve on the front lines of the profession, as well as to give participants an opportunity to partake in professional development that could advance their careers.

    We are also hoping to develop some workshops in the summer months for ASWs to complete BBS required licensure classes in an effort to attract more ASWs to our district.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    District Coordinator:

    Ros Goldstein ~

    The San Diego District is over 30 years old. We have been providing monthly CE programs for that length of time. Ros Goldstein, LCSW had been editing monthly newsletter Connections until last year when we converted to monthly e-blast announcements of our programs. Our program in February was a presentation on “Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatment Options in Psychiatry.” In March, we met for our annual networking event, where we enjoyed hors d'oevres and connected with colleagues. We have monthly programs the first Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:30 pm, at San Diego Jewish Family Service and now have 30-35 attendees, made up of LCSWs, MFTs, ASWs, IMFs, interns and students.

    Throughout the years, we have joined with NASW for March’s Social Work Month for an awards celebration, where our district nominates someone for the Clinical Social Worker of the Year award. As we do annually, we participated recently in an “Agency Fair” for SDSU, USC, and SMSU interns, to familiarize interns with the Society and our district programs. We also have periodic invitations to speak to second-year MSW students at the University of Southern California and San Diego State University. Finally, we have an annual “Meet and Greet” networking gathering with about 30-40 attendees. I feel honored to lead such an active and dedicated district.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    District Coordinators:

    Gloria Gesas ~
    Tanya Moradians ~

    Although the San Fernando Valley District (in the suburbs of Los Angeles) had previously been inactive for several years, we are now active and thriving once again as we celebrate our fourth anniversary. We continue to grow and offer compelling presentations to clinicians and students in the area. Topics have included diverse clinical subjects, including but not limited to, “Working with Victims of Domestic Violence and their Children” and “Using Humor in Psychotherapy with Older Adults.”

    We invite all students and professionals in mental health to come to our meetings regardless of location. We have had attendees travel from as far away as Sacramento and San Diego to hear our outstanding presentations. Our offerings are always posted on the CSCSW website as well as distributed to our members via email. Please contact the district coordinators with any questions.

    We held our most recent meeting on February 14 on the topic of how neurobiology, diversity and psychology interplay into psychological diagnoses and treatment. It was a well-attended, dynamic presentation and discussion led by Joel Schwartz, PsyD and Kristen Zaleski, PhD, LCSW.

    Our next presentation will be on Sunday, April 10th from 9:30am-12:15pm. Leslie Spero-Schneider, LCSW will speak on mindfulness meditation and self-care for clinicians. More information will be forthcoming.

    We are actively growing our connections with many of the surrounding graduate schools of social work, including USC, UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Cal State LA.

    The San Fernando Valley District also has an important relationship with the Sanville Institute. Many of the Sanville graduates have presented on subjects from their dissertations as well as on other clinical topics at our district meetings.

    District Coordinator Tanya Moradians is one of the founding members of CSCSW. Tanya is a graduate of the Sanville Institute and continues to play an important role in the two organizations. She also regularly attends meetings at the Veterans Administration and shares information about our district meetings.

    District Coordinator Gloria Gesas has been a member of CSCSW for 30 years and joined when she was a graduate student in social work at USC. Gloria is particularly interested in outreaching to community mental health agencies and in sharing the many benefits of membership. She is also enthusiastic about liaising with social work faculty and students.

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015 10:59 PM | Anonymous

    The planning committee of our Sacramento-Davis District is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015-2016 program year beginning with October’s presentation on Co-Occurring Disorders in Mental Health Practice.  We recognize that this is a formative time for contemporary social work as well as for our organization.  At a changing time for the mental health field, our District remains a place for face-to-face collegial connectivity, the sharing of current and accurate clinical knowledge, and ongoing discourse that directly represents our needs as clinical social workers.  

    We are anticipating a dynamic year packed with presentations encompassing clinical issues relevant to both private practice and agency settings. To encourage a comprehensive representation of clinical social workers within our membership, we have developed a consultation group for ASW’s (see below for more details) and our May program will be dedicated to celebrating and learning from ASWs and recent MSW graduates.  We are also in the process of developing a 15 Unit series of presentations for LCSWs seeking certification to provide clinical supervision to ASWs and hope to announce this soon.   

    Please consider join us as we build, and re-build our District.  See below for a list of planning subcommittees seeking members.  

    We look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your voices throughout the year.

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015 10:54 PM | Anonymous

    The following subcommittees have formed and are welcoming participation and assistance from interested members.  Please contact Leilani Buddenhagen for more information on how to get involved.  

    Membership and Communications:  This group focuses on increasing outreach about our District work as well as increasing membership through appropriate and savvy use of social media, the cultivation of professional networks, and the development of promotional events and materials. 

    ASW and Emerging Professional Advancement:  This group works with ASWs and other emerging professionals to develop innovative ways of meeting their professional needs and assisting with their integration in the clinical community.  

    CEU Presentations:  This group develops topics, organizes, and conducts District presentations which provide CEU’s.  

    Awards and Recognitions:  This group seeks festive ways to honor and celebrate notable work by clinicians in our community.  

    Strategic Initiatives Focus group:  This group provides a forum for researching member and client needs, and conducting evaluation analysis of District work as well as, identifying best practices and innovative initiatives that meet immediate needs of members as well as to strengthen the profession of clinical social work. 

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015 10:53 PM | Anonymous

    The CSCSW Sacramento-Davis District will be co-sponsoring a monthly consultation group for the support and cultivation of ASWs as they deepen their clinical skills.  The group will be facilitated by Jean and George Rosenfeld.  Jean Rosenfeld, LCSW has a private practice for adults in Carmichael.  Previously she has been a therapist at the Sacramento Children’s Home where she also facilitated a supervision group.  George Rosenfeld PhD is a child psychologist and seasoned clinical supervisor.  He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco MFT graduate school.  To to enroll or for more information, please contact Jean Rosenfeld and put “ASW Consult Group” in the subject line.   

  • Monday, September 14, 2015 11:04 PM | Anonymous
    We’re happy to announce the slate of nominees for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for the California Society for Clinical Social Work. Please review the bios of the nominated board members and submit your vote by October 15, 2015.  Voting can be done by clicking this link (all responses will be anonymous):  2015-2016 CSCSW Board Slate


    California Society for Clinical Social Work Board

    Current Board

    1.     Leah Reider, CSCSW President, LCSW (Peninsula) 


    2.     Russana Rowles, LCSW, PPSC (Los Angeles)


    3.     Golnaz Agahi, MPH, LCSW (Orange County)


    Slated Board

    4.     Monica Blauner, LCSW, PPSC (Location)

    Monica Blauner, LCSW has over 30 years experience working in the treatment of mental health and addictions in a wide variety of settings. She was in full-time private practice in New York City, and has maintained a practice since moving to Los Angeles in 2004. Trained as a psychoanalyst, she has also used CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and the Trauma Resiliency Model in her work.  In Los Angeles, she worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and was Program Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, which specialized in the treatment of sexual addiction.  She is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

    Monica has always maintained her membership in Clinical Social Work Societies in both New York and California. She believes that its vital to support CSCSW because it is the professional organization that advocates for the best interests of clinical social workers.  She looks forward to working on membership, education and legislative issues.

    5.     Leilani Buddenhagen, MSW, ASW (Sacramento)

    As a board member for the CSCSW Leilani will seek to build avenues of advocacy for members which can strengthen the profession of clinical social work benefitting clinicians and clients alike. Areas Leilani would like to see strengthened include wages and workloads in agency settings, increased support for ASW's in the internship process, and greater representation of direct service clinicians in the evaluation and creation of mental health policy. 

    Leilani is a clinical social worker with five years of experience providing clinical care to children, youth, and families in community-based settings.  She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work.

    She is currently registered as an Associate Social Worker in good standing with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Her skills include assessment, plan development, individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and crisis intervention. 

    Leilani also has over ten years of experience in community development, health education, and program management.  She is interested in promoting social justice and applies the perspective of social justice and social contexts to clinical practice.Her diverse skills and years of experience as an advocate to communities with multiple barriers combine with her clinical expertise and enable her to offer uniquely comprehensive conceptualization and provision of therapeutic care.

    6.     Nancy Delich, EdD, MATS, LCSW, PPSC (Fresno)

    Dr. Delich received her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from San Diego State University and a second Master’s degree in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) with a focus on Spiritual Direction from Seattle University. Her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Seattle University has a double cognate in the areas of Social Justice and Spirituality.

    Beginning her career as a social worker at a non-profit social service agency serving the Deaf and hard of hearing populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Delich has since then worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, residential and public schools, and private practice in California and Washington as a licensed clinical social worker. She has taught graduate level pastoral counseling courses in the School of Theology and Ministry at both Saint Thomas University in Florida and Seattle University in Washington.  Currently, she is an assistant professor at CSU-Fresno in the Department of Social Work Education and teaches graduate courses in Advanced Individual Practice, Qualitative Research, and Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment Planning. 

    I believe working towards increasing CSCSW's membership is vital to the well-being of the organization as CSCSW strives to regain the trust of the current and new members through restructuring (or whatever term you are using for rebuilding the organization). In addition, given my life work as a LCSW who has a profound hearing loss, I want to increase CSCSW members' awareness of the mental health needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities by shining a spotlight on the issues encountered by both children and adults with hearing loss and their families.

     Ellen Eichler, LCSW (San Diego)


    Ellen Eichler,LCSW is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work; she has been a social worker for over forty years. Ellen resides in San Diego and with her husband, a clinical psychologist, is co-director of the Relationship Counseling Center.

    Ellen devotes half of her practice supervising ASWs and IMFTs who are acquiring hours for licensure. She was co-chair of the San Diego chapter of CSCSW for ten years and has been on the state board of CSCSW for a year and a half.

    Encouraging membership in CSCSW is Ellen's primary area of interest. To this end, she visits schools of social work in the San Diego area acquainting them with the merits of joining CSCSW and invites MSWs and ASWs to local meetings.

    Mentoring beginning social workers and networking among social workers is what Ellen enjoys. Their website is

    8.     Geri Golmann, MSW, LCSW (Penninsula)

    I received my license as clinical social worker in 1988 and am currently a Ph.D. candidate at The Sanville Institute in Berkeley, California. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, in the public (state and county hospitals) and private sectors and am currently in private practice for over 20 years in Redwood City, California.  My current academic interests include: the impact of motherhood on therapist identity, effects of the culture of expertise on maternal self-esteem and curriculum development in graduate clinical social work education.

    My overall goal regarding the Society is to assist in creating a solvent and viable state organization that promotes and protects clinical social work practice in the state of California. This would include, but is not limited to, recruitment of new members, especially focusing on new graduates and newly licensed practitioners, the provision of supportive professional services to our constituents, and strengthening relationships between academic institutions and the Society.

    9.     Lisa Haas (San Fernando Valley)

    As a CSCSW board member, I would want to work on increasing the society’s ability to recruit new members and retain existing members.  I have many ideas for how to do this based on 20+ years of business and marketing experience, education and success that I had prior to becoming a social worker. 

    After graduating from Northwestern University in 1977, I began a career with companies that included IBM, Baxter-Travenol Laboratories, and Omron Electronics.  I received an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago in 1986 and worked for a variety of businesses and not-for-profit-organizations that included Sears, DePaul University, and Chicago Public Access Television Corporation.  After being responsible for the successful start-up and growth of several marketing departments and one counseling department, I began Haas Marketing and continued to do this work with small businesses and not-for-profits. 

    I relocated with my family from Chicago to Maryland in 1999, attended the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, and earned an MSW in Mental Health in 2005.  I completed internships with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Social Work Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and a project sponsored by the Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore Mental Health systems.  I am a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Maryland and several other states. I was a social worker for Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, one of the nation’s top ten private not-for-profit psychiatric treatment facilities, and a member of the Maryland Society of Clinical Social Workers and NASW.   

    My family moved from Maryland to California in 2009.  I’ve been a member of CSCSW for a few years and participate in both the Greater LA and San Fernando Valley Chapters.  I am working on getting my LCSW and maintain a license to do social work in other states.   I have a husband and two sons who are both young adults. 

    10.  Giselle Jones (San Fernando Valley)

    Giselle Jones is currently a staff therapist at Didi Hirsch Taper Center in South LA serving primarily children, adolescents and families.  She recently achieved her master’s degree in Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and was the 2014 recipient of both the Jannette Alexander Award for clinical excellence from the CA Society of Clinical Social Work’s and UCLA’s Shapiro Merit Award.  Giselle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario, and an Associates degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC.  Throughout her final year at UCLA Giselle practiced psychotherapy at her internship at Kaiser Permanente Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, implementing cross-model training to serve a diverse caseload of children and families, adolescents, couples, adults, and seniors and LGBTQI individuals.   She has also interned as school counselor at Youth Opportunities (YO) High School in South Los Angeles through LA Conservation Corps, enhancing student performance and well being with social service resources and therapeutic counseling.  While placed at YO High School, Giselle also reshaped the English curriculum and initiated partnerships with non-profit organizations to bolster the school’s artistic model.  For her graduate research requirement, she achieved first-class honors in her yearlong qualitative research in support of survivors of the juvenile justice system under Dr. Jorja Leap’s Good Lives Project.

    Giselle is a 200-hour level certified Hatha Yoga Instructor with practice in leading asana and breath meditation, and is currently in process of being certified in Mindfulness facilitation at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC).

    Giselle formerly served asDirector of Education for the non-profit youth literacy organization, Get Lit-Words Ignite, heading the nation’s first Classic Slam program, a progressive poetry curriculum and competition integrating 16 regions and over 2500 teens throughout the Los Angeles area.  In New York City, she was recruited by former Julliard professor, Denise Woods, to teach Express Yourself at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, optimizing the communication skills of high-aptitude Harlem teens to gain admission to choice colleges.  Continuing as an adjunct faculty member at Los Angeles City College, Giselle also certified at-risk youth in workplace readiness.  

    A veteran of stage and television, Giselle has transferred her acting skills to collaborate with psychologists and police sergeants in training NYPD recruits to sensitively manage people suffering from mental illness.  She also employed the use of powerful role-play to educate students at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine in diverse patient interaction and care.

    11.  Chet Villaba (San Francisco)

    Chet Villalba has had a long, distinguished career in social work.  He was a founding member of CSCSW and served as president of the Board of Directors of the California Institute for Social Work, now known as the Sanville Institute.

    Chet served as the Executive Director of Family Service Agency of Marin County and then was President and CEO of Family Service of the Mid-Peninsula in Palo Alto from 1973-1994.  He also maintained a private practice during that time period.  Chet was an interim executive director of Family Service Centers in Clearwater, Florida, and Josselyn Mental Health Center in Northfield, Illinois.  From 1985-2013 he was an organizational consultant to social services, mental health agencies, and museums.  His role included program planning and development, board training, fund development, and personnel issues.  He also was a consultant to agencies seeking accreditation, staff training, and supervision.

    From 1982-2002, Chet was a clinical assistant professor and faculty field advisor at Smith College School for Social Work, where he received his MSW.  He was also part of the core faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  Chet served on numerous advisory boards of social service agencies, including the Mental Health Board of San Francisco and the Cleo Eulau Center, Palo Alto.  In July, 2014, he received the prestigious Day-Garrett Award from Smith College School for Social Work.

    As a board member of CSCSW, Chet hopes to work on revising our by-laws.   His experience in serving on boards and as a consultant will be invaluable in rebuilding CSCSW.

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