California Society for Clinical Social Work

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Service, 8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

    CSCSW San Diego presents Youth and Violence, Assessment and Intervention

    Presenter: Abraham Loebenstein, Ph.D.

    Dr. Loebenstein is Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa, CA. He is also in private Practice in San Diego.

    Description: This presentation will review the usefulness and applicability of a violence risk assessment, background risk factors associated with youth risk for violence, the role of an assessment including psychological assessment measures, and interventions including evidence-based interventions, and other treatment considerations. There will be a special emphasis on explaining certain measures including self-report measures such as the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI); Performance-based measures and especially the use of the Rorschach Inkblot Test with Rorschach Performance Enhancement System (R-PAS). Semi-structured interviews will also be discussed, and especially the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY). Two or three cases will be reviewed which highlight different risk levels.

    PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME - 6:00-8:00 PM

    CEUs: 1.5 CEU hours for LCSW’.s, MFT’, and LPC’s. Note: Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers -- as long as your supervisor approves participation, you can now use CEs toward LCSW hours

    COST: CSCSW Member: FREE | Non-member: $15 for CEUs | FREE for workshop only 

    The San Diego Chapter of CSCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of the month from September through June  from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Jewish Family Service building, 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa. Meetings begin with a half hour of mingling, networking, and community building, followed by our program. CEU programs meet the requirements for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as specified by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; CEUs are FREE to our members, $15 for non-members.

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    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

    Presenter: Rene Reiss, LMFT 


    Rene Reiss, LMFT will speak on Suicide. She has extensive experience conducting trainings for LivingWorks' programs: ASIST, suicide2Hope and safeTALK, whcih are suicide intervention, post-vention and prevention models.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will learn:

    Back to our regular time: 10-10:30 coffee and conversation; 10:30 - 12:30 presentation.

    2.0 CEUs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CEUs, $20 for nonmembers

    10:00 – 10:30 Refreshments and Conversation
    10:30 – 12:30 Presentation


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    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

    Presenter: Candace Adams, Ph.D.

    Description:  This presentation will discuss anxiety disorders in children including main types, symptoms and developmental patterns, as well as comparing anxiety to the autism spectrum disorder. Evidence based treatments will be discussed, including outcome data. Several clinical vignettes of typical cases will be discussed.

    Learning Objectives

    As a result of the presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Explain the difference between fear and anxiety.
    • Name 2 types of DSM-5 Anxiety Disorders in children.
    • Explain the difference between anxiety and developmentally normal fear or anxiety.
    • Describe symptoms of anxiety when compared to symptoms of autism spectrum disorder .
    • Explain one evidenced based treatment for childhood anxiety.
    • Describe the best treatment outcome results based on a major research study of children and anxiety.

    About the Presenter: Candace Adams, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, treating adult individuals, families, children and teens. She also is a part-time staff psychologist at Valley Mountain Regional Center in Stockton where she consults with the staff and deals with eligibility regarding autism and other developmental disabilities. She is an Associate Clinical Professor (Volunteer Faculty) at UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine where she leads the child/adolescent seminar and provides supervision for post-doctoral psychology fellows, interns and psychiatry residents.

    The meeting will be held a half hour later than usual due to a marathon that morning - 10:30-11 coffee and conversation; 11 - 1:00 presentation.  If the streets are blocked, enter the church parking lot by Andrade Way from El Camino Ave.

    2.0 CEUs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CEUs, $20 for nonmembers

    10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments and Conversation
    11:00 – 1:00 Presentation


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    • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Sherman Oaks Galleria | 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Sherman Oaks (intersection of 405 and 101 freeways)
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    Presenter: Dr. Allen E. Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

    Allen E. Lipscomb received a doctorate in clinical psychology with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy. Dr. Lipscomb is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in providing mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has presented on topics such as mindfulness practices with children who have experienced trauma; building resilience in children and youth of color; and culturally affirming practices with marginalized communities. His areas of research are centered around the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized individuals who have experienced trauma. He is currently working on his next research project, which explores the utilization of E.M.D.R. psychotherapy to reduce the psychological effects of race-based trauma among people of color.

    Dr. Lipscomb has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and is currently a Professor in the School of Social Work at CSUN.

    He has previously taught courses at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, as well as Pacific Oaks College.

    He is also the published author of: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.

    Dr. Lipscomb can be reached at:

    SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION: One of the many disturbing aspects of grieving is experiencing a variety of unexpected or seemingly uncontrollable emotions and/or physical sensations. Often Black Males who mourn fear that they “are going crazy” or somehow “abnormal” in how they are responding to their loss. This process can look vastly different for African American Men compared to others.

    This workshop is designed for mental health clinicians and students at all levels of experience and licensure. The goal is to teach, inform and encourage mental health practitioners to provide appropriate clinical services to Black men experiencing loss.

    NOTE: Concepts and theories from this training can be applied to other marginalized populations and communities.


    1. Identify how Black men respond to grief and loss.
    2. Be able to examine stigmas, stereotypes and cultural beliefs about Black male expressing their emotions as it relates to loss.
    3. Learn three ways to support, advocate and/or treat the unique grief reactions exhibited by Black men.

    * (PLEASE NOTE NEW earlier START TIME (as required by The Sherman Oaks Galleria).

    WHERE: The Sherman Oaks Galleria is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Intersection of 101 and 405 freeways and corner of Ventura and Sepulveda. Easiest entrance is at southern end of mall near Ventura Blvd. Follow signs to Valet and then to self-parking). The Community Room is located on the 1st floor near the Cheesecake Factory and past Paul Mitchell Salon, and ATM. Validation for all day parking provided at meeting.

    COORDINATORS: Gloria Gesas, LCSW at 818 990-1053 | Tanya Moradians, Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881

    All clinical disciplines are welcome and may attend at NO charge. Attendees can attend any presentation regardless of its location. Students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments are provided. Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing. Society members earn 2.0 CE units at no charge. The cost for non-members to receive 2.0 CE units is $20. This presentation meets the qualifications for 2.0 CE units for LCSWs, ASWs, LPCCs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    NOTE: REGISTERED ASWs can now accrue CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS towards their license, as long as they receive prior approval from their supervisor.

    All day free parking pass available during meeting

    RSVPs preferred

    For more information or to renew your membership contact: or 650 460-9210.

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