California Society for Clinical Social Work

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Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 31, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mt. View, CA

    Advancing Your Suicide Prevention and Clinical Management for Diverse Clientele - Cohosted by CSCSW and Concern: EAP

    Speakers:    Joyce Chu, Ph.D. and Christopher Weaver, Ph.D.

    This training meets the new requirement for suicide prevention training and provides 6 CEUs.

    Course Overview:

    Though almost all mental health professionals encounter suicide risk within their practices, formal training on suicide prevention and clinical management is sparse. The first portion of the current presentation will provide instruction and a forum for clinical discussion and case practice, on the current standards of practice for suicide prevention and management. A useable framework and accessible guidelines will ensure that workshop participants are able to competently manage suicide risk in their practice, incorporating the latest standards in suicide science. The second portion of this workshop addresses the management of suicide in diverse populations common in California. Most health and behavioral health professionals have been trained to manage suicide with similar strategies and guidelines regardless of cultural identity or background. However, studies have long shown that suicide looks and develops differently in LGBTQ and ethnic minority groups. This workgroup will provide a foundational understanding of how suicide differs across cultural groups, and will cover advances in the culturally competent assessment and management of suicide. Attendees will learn state-of-science theoretical, measurement, and applied research as practical approaches to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk among diverse populations. Aims are to provide guidance to advance culturally competent suicide research and practice.

    Learning Objectives

    This workshop is designed to help you:

    • Identify six key steps of assessing and managing suicide risk
    • Apply standard approaches to suicide risk assessment and inquiry, incorporating current level of risk and standard suicide risk and protective factors
    • Describe important clinical and legal documentation considerations involved in the suicide risk management
    • Identify major components of safety planning, suicide risk case conceptualization, and treatment planning
    • Discuss the latest research on cultural differences in suicide, and culturally competent assessment and prevention of suicide among ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations.
    • Identify predominant barriers to training and practice in culturally competent suicide assessment and practice.
    • Apply a guiding framework and assessment tools/approaches that will advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations, with a clinical case.

    About the Presenters:

    Joyce Chu, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, and Faculty Chair at Palo Alto University (PAU). She co-directs the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) emphasis at PAU. Her work is focused around advancing the assessment and prevention of suicide for ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations, particularly in Asian Americans. She has published numerous works including a cultural theory and model of suicide and a tool that assists in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk. Her work is community-collaborative and aims to address the need for culturally congruent outreach and service options for underserved communities. Dr. Chu works with the Santa Clara Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee (SPOC) team to evaluate and infuse cultural competency into their programmatic efforts, and currently serves as the SPOC’s Data Workgroup co-chair.

    Christopher Weaver, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University, and Director of PAU’s Forensic Psychology Program. Dr. Weaver received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, and has held research and clinical positions (pre- and postdoctoral) at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. He has published in the areas of psychopathy and violence and suicide risk assessment, and more recently in the areas of substance abuse and psychological trauma. His publications also include co-authored books in law & mental health and psychopathology. Dr. Weaver’s current research focuses on the role that trauma and substance use play in criminal offending, the assessment of dissimulation in PTSD assessment. He is also conducting a funded training and research program designed to increase police officer effectiveness in working with people with mental illness.

    Acknowledgement of collaborators:  Bruce Bongar, Ph.D, ABPP, FAPM, CPsychol, CSci; Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH

    • Saturday, June 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Service 8788 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA 92123


    Presenter:  Kim Madsen, Executive Officer, Board of Behavioral Sciences 


    Kim Madsen, Executive Officer, Board of Behavioral Sciences will speak about navigating the licensure process. This topic is especially relevant for students and ASW’s.
    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, supervision requirements, the “6 Year Rule”, and more. She will also discuss new legislative changes.
    The San Diego Chapter of CSCSW holds its meetings on the first Saturday of the month from September through Junefrom 10:00 am to 12 noon, 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.  EXCEPT THIS PROGRAM, WHICH WILL NOT OFFER CEUS. 
    ATTENTION: This will be the last program until September 7.  Check website,, for topics of upcoming Fall programs. 

    District Main Point of Contact: Ros Goldstein | Email:

    • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • USC University Park Campus Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Room 201 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA, 90089
    • 222

    Sponsored by The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni Association and the California Society for Clinical Social Work


    NOTE:  LOCATION UPDATE (5/15/2019) - 
    USC University Park Campus | Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Room 201, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA, 90089

    Description: 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. 

    Please forward this announcement to share this event with others.

    Kim Madsen, Executive Officer, Board of Behavioral SciencesPresenter: Kim Madsen

    BBS Presenter: Kim Madsen was appointed as the BBS Executive Officer on January 25, 2010. Ms. Madsen previously served as the Board’s Assistant Executive Officer. Prior to her appointment as Executive Officer, Ms. Madsen served as the Enforcement Manager for the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and as the Criminal Background Unit Manager for the Department of Public Health. In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Madsen served as the Board of Behavioral Sciences Program Manager providing oversight to the licensing, examination, and administrative units.

    For information: Donna Dietz, CSCSW Administrator -

    Note: This workshop does not offer CEUs.

    • Saturday, June 29, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Rance's Chicago Pizza @ USC Village, 835 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 1740, Los Angeles, CA 90089

    Description: In collaboration with the NASW-CA's Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Council, the Social Justice Book Club will meet to discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. A National Book Award Finalist and one of Roxanne Gay's favorite book of 2017, the book discusses the experiences of a Korean immigrant family in 20th-century Japan. "In 1930s Korea, an earnest young woman, abandoned by the lover who has gotten her pregnant, enters into a marriage of convenience that will take her to a new life in Japan. Thus begins Lee's luminous new novel PACHINKO--a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. PACHINKO confirms Lee's place among our finest novelists." ― Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 26, so we could have an approximate headcount for the table.


    Location: Rance's Chicago Pizza @ USC Village, 835 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 1740, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (For more information, please refer to USC Village's websige at

    Parking: Free 3-Hour Parking Validation at USC Village (Entrance at Hoover & 32nd Street below Target)

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