Monthly Archives: December 2016


What’s in a Word(s): Human Rights?

By Al Murdach, LCSW (retired)

This column explores the meanings behind words that are significant today for social work professionals because they relate to major issues confronting the field. Today’s words are: Human Rights.

The notion of human “rights” is enshrined in numerous historical documents, ..Read More…


SBIRT Training for Social Workers: Meeting the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Intervention Challenge

By Mary Rawlings, PhD, LCSW, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work, Azusa Pacific University

National data indicate that 23 million people in the U.S. currently engage in substance use that is considered high or moderate risk for ..Read More…

NASW Video Message in Response to Trump Administration


NASW today posted a video holiday message and response to the incoming Trump Administration from NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW.

Angelo says NASW will resist egregious Trump Administration policies and urges social workers organize, oppose, resist and educate to defend needed social programs during his presidency.

Watch the full video and feel ..Read More…

Call for 2017 NASW-CA Annual Conference Presenter Proposals

The NASW-CA Chapter is requesting proposals for 90-minute presentations covering a broad range of topics related to clinical practice issues for experienced practitioners.

2017 NASW-CA Annual Conference Date and Location

Friday – October 20, 2017 – Marriott Hotel, San Mateo, CA

(pre-license and license renewal classes take place on Saturday, Oct. 21)

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Answering the Call to Action: A California Native Social Worker at Standing Rock

Written by Carly Kohler, MSW

Submitted by Shelly Kalmer, MSW, ACSW

 All photos courtesy of Carly Kohler, MSW

December 3, 2016

What follows is a firsthand account of the ongoing Standing Rock Pipeline protest. The protest is a result of a proposed oil pipeline that will run ..Read More…

Long Beach Social Worker Elected as Democratic Party Representative

By S. Jolene Hui, LCSW, NASW-CA Director of Membership

Social workers’ unique education and perspective makes them arguably more qualified than any other profession to serve politically in their communities. Jennifer Vallejo, a licensed clinical social worker from Long Beach, decided she wanted to use what she’s learned as a social worker to represent ..Read More…