California Society for Clinical Social Work

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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    Join us at this Members Only Event – Free

    Covid-19 and the need for social distancing has necessitated a transition to telehealth.  For many of us, it’s our first time using videoconferencing in our work.  The change presents challenges and opportunities, but is definitely an adjustment.  This group is an opportunity for us to get together (virtually of course) to share our experience and support each other through this challenging time. 

    During this crisis, the CSCSW community has come together to provide needed updates about telehealth, insurance and government regulations. Our listserv has been an invaluable resource for connecting and providing support to our members.

    If you are a member and have not joined the listserv, contact Donna Dietz, CSCSW Administrator at to be added to the Google Group.

    If you are not a member join today at a prorated amount - click here to learn more

    • Friday, April 24, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • online webinar

    Barbara Griswold, LMFT

    This essential (and entertaining) webinar will teach you what you need to know about working with insurance, even if you never join an insurance plan. Topics will include the pros and cons of joining plans, getting in the door at "full” plans, what out of network providers should know, and 3 ways to keep new clients even when you aren't on their plan. You’ll also learn the costliest mistakes therapists make, the 13 essential questions to ask when checking coverage, tips for avoiding denials, the secret to getting more treatment approved, and how to survive treatment reviews.

    Learning Objectives:

    After this webinar, attendees will be able to:

    1. Define basic insurance concepts, in order to better educate clients, advocate for their care, and avoid treatment interruption
    2. Summarize therapist choices regarding involvement with health plans, the pros and cons of each, and how to join provider panels
    3. Explain how to handle all aspects of a client's insurance as illustrated via case example
    4. Identify the most common provider mistake that leads to treatment/claim denials

    Barbara Griswold, LMFT, is a private practice coach and author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance — And Whether You Should, now out in its seventh edition. In private practice in San Jose, California, her passion is teaching therapists about the business essentials of maintaining a thriving practice. She’s been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition," and written articles for Psychotherapy Networker and The Therapist magazines. She is a past member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Ethics Committee, and a former California Board of Behavioral Sciences examiner. She invites you to subscribe to her email newsletter and contact her with your insurance questions at


    We will be using ZOOM to connect you to the webinar.  You will receive an email with the link to the webinar approximately 2-3 days before.  The link will only be active at the time of the webinar. 

    Any questions or problems before connecting can be addressed with Donna Dietz | CSCSW Administrator - 

    Questions about the webinar?

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    This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

    Webinar Cost: Member -- $49.95 | Nonmember -- $69.95

    Cancellation Policy

    • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
    • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
    • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

    Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

    • Saturday, June 27, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • USC University Park Campus (Exact location to be announced)
    • 117

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


    Livestream available! Unable to attend in-person? We will stream the course LIVE- link to follow. 


    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 -

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