Korean Social Workers Visit NASW California Chapter

Eight Korean social workers led by Professor Heeguk Kim of the Department of Social Welfare of Sangji University visited the California Chapter to learn more about NASW, licensure and the social worker response to the wildfire disasters. 

NASW Executive Director Janlee Wong presented on NASW and licensure.  NASW leaders Shelly Kalmer (former Region A ..Read More…


Executive Director’s Message: Remembering Congressman Elijah Cummings

Congressman Elijah Cummings

By: Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

Born in Baltimore, son of sharecroppers, Mr. Cummings graduated from a Baltimore high school in 1969, then from Howard University in 1973 and the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976.  His political career included the Maryland General Assembly and then in 1996 being ..Read More…


Beware: Fraudulent Calls

I’ve received two calls in the past 10 days from two licensees (LMFT & LCSW). The licensees report receiving multiple calls that complaints have been filed against them. The caller states that federal agencies (FBI, CIA) are also aware of the complaints.  The caller then demands the licensee provide their license number and personal identifying information.  ..Read More…

Political Action

Professional Development

New Addition to the NASW-CA Annual Conference Program

Julia Weber, JD, MSW, will present a workshop entitled, “Gun Violence Prevention: The Role of Mental Health Providers and Gun Violence Restraining Orders,” during the first group of workshop sessions (10:45-12:15) at the NASW-CA annual conference on November 2 at the San Mateo Marriott. 

The role firearms play in mass casualties, suicide, and domestic violence ..Read More…

Council Reports

CADD CORNER: Respecting the Inherent Dignity and Worth of the Person

By Laura S. Abrams, MSW, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs

I have begun to reflect more on these words in a time of divisiveness, blame, and unimaginable grief. If we are to honor and embrace the dignity and worth of all humans, including those on ..Read More…


Organizational Health: Cultivating a Collaborative Culture

By Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, LCSW

Transformative Moments

As we approach the one-year anniversary of wildfires that impacted thousands of lives, I have found myself reflecting on this transformative moment. I believe it was nearly two months after the life-changing wildfire swept through Southern California when I truly felt the enormity of the experience. For ..Read More…



Want to meet with recruiters with potential job opportunities? Ready to chat with exhibitors from throughout the state showcasing their products and services? 

Visit the Exhibit Hall at our NASW-CA Annual Conference taking place November 2-3 in San Mateo at the Marriott Hotel. Exhibit Hall Hours are Saturday, November 2 from 7:30am – 5:45pm. Reception ..Read More…

Other News

Meet Paul Vallejo, NASW-CA’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Paul Vallejo has recently joined NASW-CA as the new Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Paul is currently in his last year at California State University, Dominguez Hills, studying Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on American Studies. He currently resides in Paramount, California.

Paul has over eight years of experience working in different fields of marketing. ..Read More…

Around the State

Governor Newsom Announces the Following Appointments

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the following appointments:

Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo, 36, of Woodland, has been appointed deputy secretary of minority veterans affairs for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Murillo has served as Mayor of the City of Woodland since 2018 and as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2012. She was an ..Read More…