Our World is New Zealand

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

More than 50 people were shot and killed and many wounded at Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, a tragedy beyond comprehension for most human beings on the planet. 

Sadly the killer and his admirers have an evil and twisted mission born of hate and ..Read More…


Executive Director’s Message: Remembering Kurt Wellman

By Janlee Wong, NASWCA Executive Director

Kurt Wellman passed away late last year and when the NASW-CA family learned of his passing, many of us were deeply saddened. I first met Kurt as a very energetic BSW student at San Diego State University (SDSU). You couldn’t miss Kurt. He was an older student who ..Read More…


Meet the NASW-CA Candidates: Cast Your Vote!


Eddie Estrada

A close friend told me that an opportunity to be a Region Director in the North Bay was coming up. She urged me to consider this opportunity.  My only concern was that I was working full-time, an hour away from home, and working part-time for Calstate Long Beach. ..Read More…

Political Action

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 Vote This Week

The House of Representatives is slated to vote THURSDAY, APRIL 4, on
H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of
2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).

H.R.1585 is a reauthorization bill that includes narrowly-focused
enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of
domestic and sexual violence and the ..Read More…

Council Reports

API Council Report: Reflecting on 2018 and Hoping for 2019

By Jiewen ‘Janice’ Huang

It has been one year and two months since I took on the role of Co-chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council (APISWC), Northern California of NASW. When I sighed with mixed emotions about how fast time flew by, I was hit by this deep appreciation for the growth ..Read More…


Of Gears and Conveyor Belts

Is Legislation the Only Way to Prevent the Flow of Seniors Who, Every Year, are Forced into Nursing Homes?

By Jason Bloome

When robots go haywire and cars with five wheels start rolling off the assembly lines we know we have a problem. Poor outcomes often result from failures in design. The California Coordinated ..Read More…

Other News

Social Work Leaders Selected for Induction into Hall of Distinction

The California Social Work Hall of Distinction Committee has announced the inductees for the class of 2019:

Salvador Alvarez co-founder of the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work and lifelong social justice advocate; Peter Breen, former Director of Marin County Child Welfare Services and promoter of innovative child welfare services and ..Read More…


San Luis Obispo Unit to Honor R. Michael Teubner, LCSW

Submitted by L. Jeannette Davis, DSW

Secretary, SLO Unit

The San Luis Obispo Unit is honoring R. Michael Teubner, LCSW, as our 2019 Social Worker of the Year on Thursday, March 28th.

We will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. We welcome guests to come, share in a dinner, and hear Michael talk about ..Read More…