California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

    Presenter: Robin Kirk, LMFT


    This presentation will provide clinicians with an overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by teaching the main concepts of ACT as well as how to conceptualize a case from an ACT perspective. Participants will learn how ACT interventions can augment their current practice. Included are ACT-based psychological assessment tools and case conceptualization forms.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the differences between CBT and ACT.
    2. Describe the six Core Concepts of ACT.
    3. Discuss case conceptualization from an ACT perspective.


    2 CEUs for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. CEUs and brunch are free for members. Nonmembers: fee for attendance and coffee and snacks is $10, plus $20 if you want CEUs. If supervisors for ASWs approve, 2 hours may count toward licensure. Students and brand new graduates may attend free.  


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    • Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Baldoria, 243 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    The California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) is a professional organization focused on the needs of clinical social workers in California. We are starting a members-only book club where we will continue to meet on a regular basis to discuss books related to social justice issues. 

    The book that we will discuss in the upcoming meeting will be The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools by Jessie Klein ( The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's article "10 Books Every Social Worker Should Read" provides the following synopsis for the book, "Violence in schools is often perceived as acting 'aggressive' and 'masculine' in an effort to be popular. Klein explores the underlying causes of anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, depression, truancy and substance abuse. Please join us in starting the Social Justice Book Club and discussing books about social justice issues.

    • Saturday, October 06, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Service 8788 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123

    Presenter: Marci W. Siegel, MSW, LCSW

    Course Description:

    This interactive and challenging course will identify, explore, and analyze professional issues related to standard of care, liability, risk management, and scope of practice in clinical practice. The course will focus on the most recent laws, regulations and ethical standards affecting the practice of psychotherapy in California and will address changes in mandated reporting requirements, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, assessing and managing high-risk issues, telehealth, minors in treatment, and other practice issues. Additional topics will include understanding the new NASW Code of Ethics, professional boundary issues related to ethical practice, competence, and ethical decision-making.

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will:

    1. Examine developments and legal updates in California law, statutes, and regulations, and analyze how these laws direct clinical practice.
    2. Identify professional issues impacting practice with clients, e.g. confidentiality and privileged communication legal concepts, duty to protect, mandated reporting laws, high-risk issues, and minors in treatment and consent.
    3. Identify scope of practice and competence, standard of care, professional accountability, therapeutic boundaries, and liability practices to increase consistent quality practice.
    4. Explore culturally sensitive ethical approaches in assessment and treatment when working with diverse populations.
    5. Explore ethical standards and decision-making in critical thinking application and evaluation, including addressing today’s technologies, telehealth, and social media.

    Instructional Methods:

    Workshop will include lecture, case law and case vignettes, audience discussion and interaction, professional relationship questionnaires, video clips illustrating laws and ethical situations.

    Through various didactic exercises, and challenging interactions, participants will evaluate their own professional practice, boundaries, and ethical issues.

    Note: Course is designed to meet license renewal requirement for continuing education in law and ethics for California BBS licensees.

    CEUs: 6.0 hours

    About the Presenter:

    Marci W. Siegel, LCSW, ACSW has more than 44 years of social work experience, in both clinical and administrative practice and has served in the position as full-time faculty for the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Social Work since 1993. She has taught twenty-two various courses in advanced clinical practice, human behavior, assessment and DSM, administration-community development and was the Director of Field Education at SDSU for seventeen years.

    Her prior clinical and administrative experiences include psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults in behavioral health services and health settings; providing clinical supervision and training for hundreds of interns and fellows in varying professional disciplines. She maintained a private practice for over 24 years, providing individual, group and family therapy and organizational analysis consultation. Also Ms. Siegel has worked with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) since 1981, serving as a Subject Matter Expert, Oral Commissioner, and School of Social Work Liaison.

    Location Information: Jewish Family Service, 8788 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

    Parking: Unlimited parking lots in front of both 8788 & 8804 Balboa

    Contact: Ros Goldstein, LCSW,

    • Sunday, October 07, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church | 7304 Jordan Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303

    We are excited to be partnering with the the Outreach Committee of SFV-CAMFT is for this special event!


    "Uncovering Implicit Bias: Cultural Diversity in 2018" with Beth Jakubanis, LCSW; Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT; Allen Libscomb, PsyD, LCSW; Rizi Timane, ASW, MSW -- moderated by Amanda Lee, LCSW

    Cultural diversity has never been more relevant than it is currently. As clinicians we are leaders in how to responsibly address differences and break through hidden biases that are embedded in our social constructs. The research is clear; we are all subject unwittingly to implicit bias. How is this unwitting implicit bias hindering our work with our culturally diverse clients?

    Join us for this panel discussion with four experts in varying areas of cultural diversity. Our panelists will discuss implicit bias and what you may need to know for your practice when working with clients whose racial or cultural background, legal status, or gender is different from our own.

    We invite you to follow this link and take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), part of the Implicit Project through Harvard University, to assess your own implicit bias. Taking some of these assessments will add relevance and richness to our panel discussion on October 7th. NOTE: All results are confidential. No one besides you will know the results of these assessments. No one will be asked to disclose the results of these assessments. This is for your benefit only.


    In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Identify 5 questions to ask during an intake or on an intake questionnaire to be more culturally responsive.
    • Describe 2 ways to respond to a client's concerns regarding differences (or perceived differences) in race, culture, or lifestyle between the client and clinician in order to build rapport and increase positive therapeutic outcome.
    • Identify 3 situations where adapting current treatment interventions is relevant based on client diversity.
    • Identify 2 or more resources to expand clinician cultural competency skills (e.g. how to identify own biases and expand knowledge of diverse populations).

    Amanda Lee, LCSW, Director of Field Education, Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Coordinator and Lecturer at San Diego State University’s School of Social Work. Ms. Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. Ms. Lee attended the University of California, San Diego for her B.S. in General Biology and obtained her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Ms. Lee has dedicated a large part of her career to serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, refugees and immigrants, and the elderly. She has had the opportunity to practice social work in a variety of settings, such as, adult outpatient and inpatient mental health, memory care, home-based intensive treatment and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), as well as abroad in New Zealand for the Waitemata District Health Board for several years where she took part in developing a sub-acute treatment and rehabilitation team serving older adults with mental illness.

    Ms. Lee has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, such as Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees and individuals who identify as LGBT+. She is a member of the Diversity Committee at the School of Social Work and recently participated in “LGBT+ Voices: A Cultural Experience”, a student success fee event at San Diego State University, as a guest speaker exploring the intersectionality of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity/race, and culture. She was the co-investigator on “LGBT+ Young Adults: Stigma, Coping Methods, and Cultural Implications”.

    Ms. Lee currently serves as the Director of Field Education at the School of Social Work at SDSU and enjoys having the opportunity to play a part in the development of the community's future professional social workers.

    Rizi Timane, LCSW, MSW, PhD, DSW (i) is a female to male Transgender specialist educator and pre-licensed psychotherapist. He is currently employed as the Transgender Health Program Manager at St John’s Well child and Family Center in Los Angeles and his work with the Trans community spans the past 11 years during which he has spoken as a Transgender Expert at many venues including the United Nations, Hospitals, Seminaries, Churches and a multitude of Universities. Rizi has also appeared on numerous TV shows including, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and publications such as Forbes, USA Today and Ebony Magazine. His memoir "An Unspoken compromise" detailing his discovery at 8 years old that he was Trans and his eventual decision to transition in his 30's, is an Amazon best-selling memoir. Rizi is also the founding Director of the Happy Transgender Center, established in 2012, through which he provides an annual transgender surgery grant that has fully paid for 7 Trans individuals to have gender confirming surgeries. Rizi is also an actor and singer and his annual surgery grant is entirely funded from sales of his book, movies and music. To learn more about Rizi and his work at and to learn more about St John’s Transgender Health Program, visit

    Contact: 323-541-1600 Extension 1068 | or

    Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has worked in collaboration with Alhambra Unified School District; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Los Angeles County Department of Probation; Los Angeles Unified School District and California Community Care Licensing.

    His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.

    His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with consumers. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.

    Recent publications:

    Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Culturally Affirming Clinical Supervision in Graduate Field Education: Enhancing Transformative Dialogue in the Supervisory Dyad. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (3).

    Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2018). Black Male Grief Through the Lens of Racialization and Oppression: Effective Instruction for Graduate Clinical Programs. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (2).

    Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W., Mountz, S. (2017). From the Teachers' Perspective: Exploring Ways to Navigate Transformative Dialogues about Microaggressions in Social Work Higher Education. International Research in Higher Education, 2 (3).


    Lipscomb, A. E. (2016). Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man’s Mental Health Treatment.


    This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

    Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

    * = non CEU portion of course

    Location is ADA compliant.


    • $20 for all before September 30th
    • $30 for all October 1st through 6th
    • Register online by Friday, October 6th (night before event) 11:59pm.
    • $35 walk-in | No cash or check, credit cards only.

    Please click on the button below to go straight to the registration page. If you are not logged in yet and are a member of our chapter, please be sure to log in here first.

    CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

    SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Veteran’s Memorial Building – Culver City 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

    Join Converge Research Group for a expert-led, in-depth sessions detailing the nuts and bolts of private practice start-up budgeting, new client acquisition and retention strategies, rate-setting, social media and marketing messaging, tax-preparedness, and tools for growing your practice.  With a focus on your practice’s individuality, our presenters will explore:

    • Setting measurable (and realistic) goals for new client acquisition and retention that align with your practice’s intentions
    • Identifying and sharing the unique attributes of your practice with potential clients through effective social media, digital and advertising messaging
    • Building and maintaining a comprehensive growth-oriented budget and business plan - Why these are vital to your practice’s survival
    • Rate-setting essentials: Accurately evaluating your time, unique experiences, and market
    • Accepting Insurance vs. Private Pay: Evaluating the pros and cons and what you must consider
    • Streamlining your paperwork management and accurate documentation practices
    • Tax-preparedness and licensure considerations specific to the state of California

    This unique and comprehensive workshop will provide essential tools for launching and growing your practice.  CSCSW Members receive 40% Off Registration!  (Discount Code: CSCSW40)

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    • Sunday, October 14, 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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    The San Fernando Valley District 
    California Society for Clinical Social Work

    Presents a follow-up presentation including updated information with Robyn Altmann, LCSW

    Presenter: Robyn Altmann, LCSW | Jewish Family Service – HOPE (formally Family Violence Project)

    SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or other factors. This presentation will include updated research on the prevalence and impact of IPV. Special populations such as male victims, older adults, people with disabilities, and children will also be included. Will provide general information about IPV using an interactive format. Other topics will include the dynamics of domestic violence, warning signs of abuse and reasons that and abused person stays. Best practice techniques for intervention with both adult victims and their children will be covered. The presentation will be interactive with opportunities for discussion provided throughout. Clinical examples will also be offered.


    1. Participants will learn to recognize the warning signs of intimate partner violence.
    2. Participants will learn and understand the dynamics of intimate partner violence.
    3. Participants will learn to recognize the impact upon adult victims and their children.
    4. Participant will learn to recognize the global impact of intimate partner violence
    5. Participants will learn about the best practice interventions.

    Robyn Altmann, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles –Hope (formerly Family Violence Project). She is the Director of Clinical Services and Coordinator of Field Work education. Her responsibilities include management of two outpatient counseling offices as well as two emergency shelter sites and a transitional shelter. She is also involved in program development, maintaining grant contractual obligations and the program budget. Ms. Altmann also participates in the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council meetings. She also coordinates, is a trainer, and develops curriculum for JFS-Hope’s California state-mandated 40 hour domestic violence training. Ms. Altmann also provides consultation and additional training to community groups, program volunteers and other professionals. She directs the internship fieldwork program for social work students obtaining MSW’s and BASW’s within the entire agency.

    Robyn Altmann, LCSW can be reached at or 818 789 1293.


    Members and students do not pay to attend. There is a nominal attendance fee of $10 for non-members. 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. All clinical disciplines are welcome. Attendees can go to any District Meeting throughout the State.

    Light refreshments are provided. Bring your flyers, business cards and brochures.

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

    • The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community room (at Sepulveda and Ventura Blvds.) --  The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    • (The Community Room is located on the 1st level near the Cheesecake Factory and beyond the Paul Mitchell and ATM).
    • Validation for free all day parking passes will be provided during the meeting to the 1st 50 attendees (per the Galleria), so please arrive early.

    Intersection of 101 and 405 freeways and corner of Ventura and Sepulveda).  Easiest entrance is at southern end of mall from Sepulveda.   Turn into Galleria at stop light ‘Galleria Gateway’ (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, past Paul Mitchell Salon &  ATM.


      Gloria Gesas, LCSW 818 990-1053 or
      Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 or

      To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact or Call 650 460-9210.

      Online RSVPs are preferred

      • Friday, October 19, 2018
      • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

      Presenter: Gordon Wong, MD

      Description:  Marijuana is now legal in California. Gordon Wong MD will provide his perspective as a psychopharmacalogist to help clinicians better respond to patients in light of this change. This program will introduce the general political landscape for marijuana legalization globally and its implications. It will provide a basic framework for the neuroscience of how marijuana works in the brain and its effects. It will provide the latest evidence for the health risks and benefits of marijuana use in adolescents and adults.


      1. Clarify some of the benefits and risks in using marijuana.
      2. Neurological implications of marijuana use.
      3. Global view of legalization of marijuana.

        About the Presenter: 

        Dr. Gordon Wong is a psychopharmacologist in private practice in Menlo Park. Dr. Wong has been a popular and generous presenter at our Clinical Society Meetings. Last year he spoke on the "Cutting Edge Developments in Psychopharmacology - Genetic Testing." This year he has agreed to present on another challenging topic regarding marijuana and the issues it is presenting to the clinician as it has become legal.


        The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 

        CEU INFORMATION: 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 admission and an additional $15 for CEUs ($25)


        Virginia Frederick | 
        Joan Berman |

        All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact or Call 650-460-9210.

        • Saturday, October 20, 2018
        • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Homeless Health Care Los Angeles | 2330 Beverly Blvd., 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90057
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        Greater LA District

        Presenter: Pamela H. Harmell, Ph.D

        Description: This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensuring patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) Domestic Violence, assessment and detection, legal issues related to child abuse and custody issues.(2) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases), (3) suicide assessment (now required by BOP) including the opioid crisis and suicide, (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, Skype, FaceTime, texting, social media and HIPAA compliance, (5 Subpoenas and court orders.. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program reviews current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.

        About the Presenter: Dr. Pamela Harmell is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law. She is the Past President of the Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee, is the current Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

        Learning objectives:

          Participants will:

          1. Be able to understand the difference between personal and professional values and how to maintain “value neutrality” with regard to cultural competence.
          2. Learn updates the SAD PERSONS method of assessing suicidal behavior.
          3. Identify and increase awareness of legal and ethical issues related to teletherapy, technology and social media in clinical practice including SKYPE, FaceTime and the like.
          4. Gain awareness the connection between suicide and the opioid crisis including social media influences.
          5. Learn ethical and appropriate use of cyber therapy and social media.
          6. Learn updates under SB 543 about treating minors without parental consent.

          PARKING: There is ample street parking. There is limited parking inside the lot of the building. If you prefer to park in the lot, arrive early to have staff open the gate. Contact Lizabeth Thompson at (818) 357-4989.

          ACCESSIBILITY: The building does not have an elevator and you must take the stairs to get to the meeting room. If you require accommodations, please reach out to the district coordinators to discuss if accommodations can be met. You can call Nadia Aquino at (323) 362-4864 or Lizabeth Thompson at (818) 357-4989. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

          CEUs: 6.0 hours


          Nadia Aquino | (Greater LA District Coordinator)
          Lizabeth Thompson | (Greater LA District Coordinator)

          • Saturday, October 20, 2018
          • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
          • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

          Presenter:  Gia Herndon, Marriage and Family Therapist


          C.G. Jung believed that the shadow, the darkest aspects of our personality, has the greatest value in healing old wounds and developing an authentic and holistic Self. Yet, we often completely deny its existence, or at the very least resist engaging with it. In doing so, we lose the tremendous amount of wisdom the shadow can give us. When we engage with the shadow, we are able to grow in compassion for ourselves and others and hold space for clients as they face their most difficult challenges.

          Learning Objectives:

          1. Participants will be able to define and apply the concept of Shadow (C.G. Jung) as part of personality.
          2. Participants will understand why it is important for clinicians to work with shadow material.
          3. Participants will learn 2 - 3 techniques to safely explore shadow material.
          4. Participants will be able to identify potential shadow aspects of their own personality for further reflection.

          About the Presenter: Gia has been a practicing therapist for over 17 years, with experience working in agency, higher education and private practice settings. She has also taught counseling classes at CSU, Bakersfield and a variety of psychology courses within the Sacramento Community College system. She works from a combination of Psychodynamic, Depth Psychology, Somatic, and Mindfulness perspectives and techniques, integrating art, sand tray, spirituality and nature whenever possible!


          2 CEUs for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. CEUs and brunch are free for members. Nonmembers: fee for attendance and coffee and snacks is $10, plus $20 if you want CEUs. If supervisors for ASWs approve, 2 hours may count toward licensure. Students and brand new graduates may attend free.  


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

          Presenter: Dianne Ciro, PhD

          Description: This training is intended to provide participants with some general and basic information about Latino mental health. Practitioners who participate in this training will learn to: identify mental health disorders that are common in the Latino community; learn to identify barriers to Latinos being able to access adequate mental health care; and learn to identify the role of religion and social supports in Latinos' coping. Attendees will also begin to consider the role of acculturation in Latinos' mental health well-being.

          About the Presenter: Silvia Barragon, MSW, LCSW, is presently Undergraduate Field Director, Title !V-E Program at SDSU School of Social Work She received training in the Hispanic Ethnic Competence Project. CA license #: LCS17451

          Dianne Ciro, PhD, is presently Assistant Professor at SDSU School of Social Work. Recently arriving from New York she has extensive presentations on "Coping responses and psychological outcomes in Latino World Trade Center (WTC) first responders". NY Licensed Clinical Social Work #077070


          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

          The San Diego Chapter of CSCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of the month from September through June  from 6:00 to 8:00 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.

          District Main Point of Contact: Ros Goldstein | Email:

          • Saturday, December 01, 2018
          • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
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          Thomas Plante, PhD Mid-Peninsula District

          Presenter: Thomas Plante, PhD

          Description: Little training is usually offered to mental health professionals on ethical, legal, and professional issues during their graduate and post-graduate studies. Yet these issues become critical when they enter the working world. This workshop will highlight and update you in the contemporary ethical, legal, and professional issues encountered in mental health services. Topics will include: an overview of ethical principles and a way to make good ethical decisions; common ethical dilemmas and possible resolutions; important legal requirements with which all mental health professionals should be familiar; minimizing the risk of malpractice or other litigation troubles; and current and future trends in the field.

          About the Presenter: Thomas Plante, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, scholar, clinician, Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School receiving the Clinical Faculty Service Award in 2015. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College as well as a former Scholar in Residence at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. He is a dynamic speaker with a very strong background in the field of Ethics.

          Learning objectives:

            Participants will:

            1. Know the basics of mental health ethics codes and their foundation in moral philosophy.
            2. Know and understand the RRICC model of value ethics and apply it to clinical ethical challenges.
            3. Know the basic strategies to avoid legal troubles and the major legal issues that mental health professionals face in their work.

            ACCESS TO THE MEETING ROOM: The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator.

            NOTE: Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

            Registration and coffee from 8:30-9:00

            CEUs: 6.0 hours

            This course meets the BBS law and ethics requirement for MSW's and MFT's.


            Virginia Frederick |, Mid-Peninsula District Coordinator
            Joan Berman |, Mid-Peninsula District Coordinator

            • Thursday, December 06, 2018
            • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
            • Jewish Family Service, 8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123
            CSCSW, San Diego District invites you to our “Annual Holiday Meet and Greet” event (in lieu of our monthly CEU program).  Come to network with new and familiar colleagues, share resources & ideas, and to find out about the new and exciting benefits of CSCSW. 

            Bring any information (i.e. brochures, available positions, etc.) to share. We welcome all clinicians (members and non-members): MSW’s, ASW’s, LCSW’s, MFT’s, LPC’s, PhD’s, etc.

            Please RSVP by December 1, so we can plan for light hors d”oeuvres and beverages. 

            District Point of Contact: Ros Goldstein

            • Monday, January 14, 2019
            • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
            • University of California, Los Angeles Ackerman Grand Ballroom | 308 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90024

            The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites CSCSW members to attend the workshop: How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times

            Whether because of trauma, crises, or extremely rough days.

            Please join us for a day of raising awareness of trauma, vicarious trauma, and systematic oppression.

            This event will be a foundational training and will address how we're being impacted by current and past overwhelm, crises, toll, or trauma and establish concrete means for how to keep on keeping on both individually and collectively.

            Participants from all professional disciplines and life circumstances are welcome to attend.

            CEUs OFFERED for: Psychologists • Social Workers • Marriage & Family Therapists • Nurses • Licensed Mental Health Counselors • Licensed Professional Counselors

            Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting-edge research, personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain the skills needed to reconcile it. If you have any questions, please email us at 

            With Gratitude, The Trauma Stewardship Institute | Los Angeles, CA 

            Click here for more information or to register

            Cost: $80 for those referred by California Society for Clinical Social Work - be sure to enter the promo code PARTNER-CSCSW when selecting your ticket type to receive the special partner rate.

            Click here for the flyer

            • Sunday, February 10, 2019
            • 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: Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW

            SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION: This presentation is aimed at engaging participants in raising critical consciousness, accountability, and empowerment around issues of diversity, privilege and power. It explores some of the challenges of navigating through the complexities of intersectionality with clients and its impact on clinical work. This presentation will clarify the meaning of the concepts, provide case examples, offer information about diversity, power, privilege and intersectionality and will also facilitate a dialogue on the importance of utilizing intersectionality as a tool to increase equity and improve effectiveness in practice. Participants will be provided with strategies to apply workshop content to support client empowerment, promote social justice and to embrace intersectionality in micro, mezzo and macro practice settings. This workshop is designed to assist mental health clinicians and students at all levels of experience and licensure in enhancing their abilities to increase cultural competence, humility, accountability and efficacy in their practice. The goal is to teach, inform and encourage mental health practitioners to provide appropriate clinical services to clients with varying intersectional identities. There will be ample time for discussion throughout the workshop.


            1. Gain understanding of diversity, intersectionality, power and privilege and their impact on practice effectiveness.
            2. Develop skills to navigate through the complexities of intersectionality with clients, paying special attention to our own biases and blind spots.
            3. Learn and describe strategies to utilize intersectionality in increasing empowerment, increasing equity and efficacy in practice.
            • The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community room (at Sepulveda and Ventura Blvds.) --  The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
            • (The Community Room is located on the 1st level near the Cheesecake Factory and beyond the Paul Mitchell and ATM).
            • VALIDATION FOR ALL DAY FREE PARKING will be given to the first 60 people at the meeting.


            Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Ashley received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Ryokan College and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998 and has over twenty years of social work experience in the areas of community mental health, child welfare and addiction recovery. Dr. Ashley is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies. Research interests include treatment models for working with African American and Transgender clients, effective trauma interventions, creative engagement of involuntary clients, the impact of power and privilege on macro and micro practice, and child welfare. She is passionate about promoting social justice, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.

            Dr. Ashley can be reached at: Website:


            Gloria Gesas, LCSW 818 990-1053 or
            Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 or

            ATTENDANCE AND CEU INFORMATION: All are welcome and may attend at minimal charge. Members and students are encouraged to attend for free. Members earn 2.0 CE credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 attendance fee. Credits for non-members is $20 for 2.0 CE credits.

            All disciplines are welcome. Members and students are encouraged to attend for free. Members earn 2.0 CE credits at no cost. Beginning March 1st, non-members will be charged a $10 fee for admission and $20 a unit for 2 CEUs. BBS has approved CEUs for LCSW, LMFT,LPCC.

            Light refreshments are provided. Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing. ASWs and Interns with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours.

            To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact or Call 650 460-9210.

            Online RSVPs are preferred

            • Saturday, March 30, 2019
            • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
            • TBD
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