The recent California wild fires have been a disaster of the greatest proportions for California and the thousands that have been affected.  Social workers and mental health are what’s called the “second responders” after the public safety personnel and the emergency evaluation shelters.

California has frequent wild fires every year and certainly many ..Read More…


Message from the Executive Director

The Dream Is Not Ending, It’s Only Beginning

By NASWCA Executive Director Janlee Wong, MSW

The Trump Administration decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has many thinking the “nightmare” of immigration raids and deportations has begun for this remarkable and successful group of children and adults. The National Association ..Read More…


SAMHSA’S Disaster Distress Line


It is always essential to take care of our mental health, but especially during times of tragedy.  This email includes a few resources to share with staff and community members as well as a reminder, and tools, to practice self-care.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Line:  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained ..Read More…

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Disregard of Human Dignity In the Context of Social Service Delivery

By Marilyn Montenegro

In spite of clearly inadequate housing there was no agency to provide services designed to place my former client in safe, appropriate and affordable housing. After months of research and advocacy Norma is paying 60 percent of her income to ..Read More…



What’s in a Word? Burnout


By Al Murdach, LCSW (retired)

This column explores some of the meanings behind words that today have a significant impact upon the social work profession. Our word for today is: burnout.

“Burnout” has been described as a stress disorder characterized by “a psychological state of physical and emotional exhaustion” coupled with “a ..Read More…


NASW-CA Los Angeles Regions Host CEU Event on Criminal Justice


LOS ANGELES, CA – On Saturday November 11 from 9:30am to 2:00pm at the Delancey Street Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter and its local Los Angeles regions (Regions G, H, and I) will host a CEU event on Criminal Justice that will include a breakfast and panel discussion.

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