California Society for Clinical Social Work

Upcoming events

    • 10/05/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Jewish Family Service, 8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

    CSCSW San Diego presents The Rights of Minors in Inpatient Psychiatric Settings

    Presenter: Mike Phillips, Esq.

    Description: This presentation will review and discuss the evolution of minors’ rights laws in the area of inpatient mental health treatment and the practical application of due process for minors in the inpatient setting. The presenter will also discuss the denial of rights process and good cause, using real world scenarios for group discussion.

    This program meets the BBS, CEU requirements for Law & Ethics.

    About the Presenter: Mike Phillips, Esq., is the Director and Supervising Attorney for the Jewish Family Service Patient Advocacy Program

    NOTE:  Ros Goldstein, LCSW, will be the moderator

    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.

    District Main Point of Contact: Ros Goldstein | Email:

    • 10/15/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Sherman Oaks Galleria | 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Sherman Oaks (intersection of 405 and 101 freeways)


    Presenter: Cheryl Karp Eskin, LMFT 

    Cheryl Karp Eskin, LMFT, is the Program Director at Teen Line, a teen-to-teen hotline where teenagers can talk to a trained teen listener about any problem, no matter how big or small.  She is also the co-chair of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network.  Cheryl started her mental health career at the age of 14 years as a Teen Line listener.  She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2003.  She has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings, including nonpublic school, private practice, and community mental health.  Cheryl is passionate about decreasing the stigma around suicide and depression.  You can find her bi-monthly blog about all things teen on the TEEN LINE parent website (  Cheryl can be reached at 310-423-1604 or

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds, yet it is not usually on parents’ top 10 list of things to worry about.  Most clinicians are not required to have training in suicide assessment or prevention, yet the majority of us will have contact with suicidal people in our clinical or personal lives.  Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ has opened the conversation on suicide, but has not brought enough attention to mental health conditions, resources or hope.  In reality, it may have unintentionally increased suicidal ideation.  This workshop will help clinicians feel more prepared for working with suicidal teens.

    Learning Objectives – At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. Understand how the unique challenges of adolescence can lead to increased rates of suicide and depression. 
    2. Discuss how media portrayals of suicide like 13 Reasons Why can have a strong negative impact on teens
    3. Identify risk factors of suicidality and depression in adolescents. 
    4. Intervene appropriately in a suicidal crisis situation.
    5. Know how parents, schools, and communities can best respond to a show such as 13 Reasons Why

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

    LOCATION:  The Sherman Oaks Galleria is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. - Intersection of 101 and 405 freeways and corner of Ventura and Sepulveda.

    Entrance at southern end of parking structure is easiest.  Follow signs to Valet Parking area and then to Self- Parking.  Take elevator/escalator to The Community Room which is located on the 1st floor near the escalator, and past Paul Mitchell Salon and ATM.                           

    Validation for all day free parking provided at meeting.


    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. ASW members receive CEUs at no charge.


    Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 or (SFV District Coordinator)

    Gloria Gesas, LCSW 818 990-1053 or (SFV District Coordinator)

    For more information, or becoming a new member,  or to renew your membership contact: or 650 460-9210.

    Registration/RSVPs appreciated.

    • 10/21/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

    Presenter: Katelyn Sandoval, M.S.

    Description: The presentation will focus on working with young adults approximately ages 18 to 24 years old and begin with examining the context in which young adults were born. Trends including communication expectations with the therapist, relationships in the age of social media, importance of language in gender and sexuality identification and increased awareness of mental health conditions and concepts will be explored. Case examples and potential therapeutic strategies will be included while inviting group discussion.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will:

    1. Identify the social context in which young adults have grown and matured.

    2. Understand the importance of specific language when referencing gender or sexual identification.

    3. Recognize the impact technology and social media has on young adults and how it might show up in the therapeutic relationship.

    Presenter Bio: Katelyn Sandoval is a a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT # 98262) with the State of California. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from California State University, Sacramento.

    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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    • 11/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066

    Greater LA District

    Presenter: Lynn Jacobs, Ph.D.

    Description: The issue of diversity in clinical practice is broader than learning about race, cultures and ethnicities other than one’s own. It involves understanding the centrality of whiteness and how it permeates all clinical work, regardless of the race and ethnicity of the practitioners. Whiteness is particularly problematic for clinicians, in that they are more confluent with white cultural practices. All clinicians can benefit from understanding white centrality and its workings on all of us. One useful concept for deconstructing the centrality of whiteness is, “social location.” This concept will be explained and explored.

    About the Presenter: Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., lives in two psychotherapy worlds. She is co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute and also a Training and Supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is co-author (with Rich Hycner), of The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Dialogic / Self Psychology Approach (1995). She and Hycner co-edited Relational Perspectives in Gestalt Therapy (2010). She has also written numerous articles for gestalt and for psychoanalytic publications. She has abiding interests in furthering our understanding of relational factors in the therapy process, and in understanding the centrality of Euro-ethnicity and its implications for clinical work.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to define and identify social location and its implications for inclusive clinical engagement. 
    2. Participants will be able to identify white-centeredness in their thinking and that of others.

    Location Information: 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066 (ample metered street parking on Barrington Ave or Olympic Ave which has 4 hour meters.)

    CEUs: 2.0 hours


    Lauren Small | (Greater LA District Coordinator)

    Nadia Aquino | (Greater LA District Coordinator)

    • 01/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066

    Greater LA District

    Presenter: Christina Emanuel, PsyD

    Description: Although clinical writers commonly theorize race, class, and gender, they have not theorized disability, with the disabled comprising a group of most “othered” others. In this presentation I will discuss how my work with autistic individuals unexpectedly led me to the disability studies literature and the disability rights movement. I will discuss the main themes in this literature, suggest reasons for the absence of these ideas in our clinical theory and practice, and offer a case that illustrates these themes. I will suggest what might be gained by adding a disability studies sensibility to our theory and clinical practice. As a contemporary psychoanalyst I will present from a point of view that emphasizes phenomenological experience.

    About the Presenter: Christina Emanuel is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst practicing in Pasadena, focusing her practice on individuals with autism and other disabilities. She is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, as well as an Associate Editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. Christina also lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to relational psychoanalysis, autism, and disability, and has published articles in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Identify the three main themes in the disability studies literature: ableism, the transition from a medical model to the social model of disability, and the idea that “normal” is a construction.
    2. Describe reasons that disability studies themes are missing from psychotherapeutic theory and clinical practice, including that ableism is hidden in our culture, that we rank disabilities below other categories of identity, and that we disavow our own status as temporarily able bodied.
    3. Apply insights from the disability studies literature to clinical work, appreciating how ableism both in the consulting room and in the culture affects those who have disabilities, including how we construct and are constructed by the disabled/non-disabled system of privilege.

    Location Information: 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066 (ample metered street parking on Barrington Ave or Olympic Ave which has 4 hour meters.)

    CEUs: 2.0 hours


    Lauren Small | (Greater LA District Coordinator)

    Nadia Aquino | (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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