September is National Disaster Preparedness Month!

Tornados, earthquakes, floods, and fires are disasters that can bring tragedy to communities and families across the nation. Being prepared for events such as these by having an emergency plan can make a real difference in people’s lives. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, a time when organizations, communities, and families are encouraged to ..Read More…


Political Action


Lobby Days Victories!

By Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs

 Summer has arrived and so has the annual legislative recess. During the month of July, legislators have returned to their districts to meet with their constituents and to attend local events. At this point in the legislative process, bills that are still moving have ..Read More…

Professional Development

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Contemporary Perspectives on Bioethics-Current Ethical Issues in Healthcare

The Northern California Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care


Contemporary Perspectives on Bioethics-Current Ethical Issues in Healthcare

A Continuing Education Event

All individuals who work with clients coping with bioethical issues, particularly social workers, chaplains, hospice workers, nurses and other healthcare providers are ..Read More…

Council Reports

Upcoming NASW-CA Statewide Disabilities Council Teleconference

The NASW-CA Statewide Disabilities Council will be conducting a statewide teleconference on Thursday, September 29th from 7pm-8pm for members to discuss upcoming disability council events, including state conference and our in-person council meeting, as well as future events, webinars, and ways for members to get involved.

Participation in the teleconference is encouraged and open ..Read More…


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Unintended Consequences for Transitional Age Youth

By Colleen McDuffie, Eleanor Reid, Tunisia Nelson, Amanda Hernandez, Belinda Williams

Due to the infancy of the policy we are not really able to gauge its outcome. One of the unintended consequences of this is having these youth endure this policy when in actuality it does not work. Aside from that, as previously stated ..Read More…



5th Annual Social Work Practice-Research Roundtable

Get on your mark, get set and join us at the 5th Annual Social Work Practice-Research Roundtable, October 7, 2016 at the Harper Alumni Center, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA 95819.

Be an active participant in decreasing the gap between research and practice ensuring the best results for clients and the advancement of ..Read More…

Other News


NASW-CA Awards Presented





Gerry Laviña, MSW, LCSW: NASW California Chapter 2016 Social Worker of the Year   

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) California Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award recognizes professional social workers who have consistently demonstrated the six core values of the NASW Code of Ethics: service, social ..Read More…



Region I Update

By Paul McDonough

Hello Region I Members:

Effective July 1st, I resigned my volunteer roles as Director of Region I and member of the NASW California Chapter Board of Directors to focus on enjoying paternity leave. Since starting graduate school and joining NASW in 2006, I have been a local volunteer leader, moving up ..Read More…

Around the State


Historic Gift Presented to USC School of Social Work

Social work pioneer—and two-time USC alumna—Suzanne Dworak-Peck has given an historic $60 million gift to USC. Her gift will endow and name the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Her exceptionally generous gift cements the school’s standing among the discipline’s most innovative institutions, and will significantly bolster its profoundly important work in our ..Read More…