2017 Chapter Elections: Candidate Statements






Cheryl Blankenship Kupras, MSW, LCSW

2017 will mark my 25th year of membership in the NASW. I joined as a second-year graduate student at SJSU in 1992 and took my first leadership position as co-chair of the San Jose Unit in 1995.

I have ..Read More…


What We Believe

By Janlee Wong

While Americans are split about many actions that Trump has taken, for social workers it’s always best to fall back on the NASW Code of Ethics to guide us. We fight for human beings regardless of their race, creed, religion or national origin. We shouldn’t start dividing up humans by any ..Read More…


Prevent Claim Denials

Knowing the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes most frequently used by clinical social workers to report psychotherapy services may help you prevent claim denials and overpayment requests when seeking reimbursement. However, because health insurance companies can decide individually which CPT codes they will reimburse, be sure to request a list of the CPT ..Read More…

Political Action

Professional Development

Join the Bay Area Social Workers in Health Care

The Bay Area Social Workers in Health Care is a professional organization established to provide a forum for support, education, and action for social workers in the health care delivery system.

Once again it is time to renew your membership in Bay Area Social Workers in Health Care.  Previous membership expires on December ..Read More…

Council Reports

American Red Cross Expands Eligibility for Disaster Mental Health Program


By John Weaver, LCSW

Since 1992, the American Red Cross (ARC) has recruited social workers and other mental health professionals to serve in the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) program, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with them to support recruitment. In the aftermath of disasters, DMH volunteers support ..Read More…


Social Worker Month: Is It Time to Talk About Competency?

 By Donna De Loera, Nancy Lemus, Daisy Gomez and Janette Garfias

Despite the recent implementation of the Law and Ethics exam, social workers continue to hold preconceived notions that affect the services that clients receive. Even though the exam was designed to create a standard of competency in ethical practices and values, not all ..Read More…

Other News

SLO Unit Spotlight

Bill Ernst Honored as Social Worker of the Year

Every year the San Luis Obispo unit of NASW honors the Social Worker of the Year at the Social Work Month party.  This year’s Social Worker of the Year is Bill Ernst, LCSW.

In June, 1960, at the age of 21, Bill left the ..Read More…


San Luis Obispo Unit Report

By L. Jeannette Davis, DSW
Secretary, SLO Unit

March is Social Work Month and the SLO unit is celebrating with dinner and drinks on Thursday, March 23.

The theme for 2017 is “Social Workers Stand Up” and is focused on educating the public about the contributions of social workers and why the professional title ..Read More…