What’s in a Word? Burnout

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…

Do We Have a Housing Problem in California?


By Lily Arana, Stephanie Cruz, Jessica Johnson, Michelle Ramirez and Stacey Ruiz

As MSW candidates, we have witnessed the many housing challenges our clients face when attempting to attain affordable housing; obstacles we experience alongside them. Since 2012, most of our clients have anxiously awaited the opportunity to move forward with Section ..Read More…

Can We Stop Retraumatizing Victims of Human Trafficking?


By Jacquelyn Blanco, Rocio Casillas, Nadia Dominguez, Jennifer Le & Faith Plummer California State University, Long Beach

There have been many policies created to offer auxiliary services for trafficked victims. One such policy is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). The main critique of the TVPA (2000) is retraumatizing victims.

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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is Not the Answer to the No Child Left Behind



By Jose Castaneda, Lorrie Marino, Stephanie Panchig, Teresa Robles and Maggie Sebastian

We found that the major complaints with the previous education policy, NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act, were the emphasis on standardized testing as a way to assess each student’s academic performance, as well the overall assessment of each ..Read More…

Our Assessment of ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act

By Jose Castaneda, Lorrie Marino, Stephanie Panchig, Teresa Robles, Maggie Sebastian

As a matter of equality and social justice, we believe that there should be a standardized testing and funding for all states. A student may have a desire to be a successful member of society, but when the school system is not ..Read More…

Broken Bridges


LTSS integration with HMOs cannot succeed without addressing the funding gap which prevents transitions to community-based care settings.

By Jason Bloome

The 2017–2018 California state budget enacted on June 30, 2017 ends the California Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), a demonstration program in seven counties, which was found to be not cost effective. Despite ..Read More…

The Opportunity for Collaboration through Mobile Technology




By Stephen Shrank

One of the biggest strengths of social work is the vast amount of workers daily traversing nearly every neighborhood of a given metropolitan area. However, a weakness has been a lack of collaboration and consolidation of the knowledge, resources and observations of these workers.

There are a variety ..Read More…