A Silent Crisis

A Silent Crisis



 Very few options exist in California for low-income families who care for the elderly with Alzheimer’s who could “wander”.

By Jason Bloome

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic age group in California. California’s Department of Finance predicts between now and 2026 the number of seniors 65 and older will grow by 2.6 ..Read More…

Special Immigration Juvenile Status


By Maribel Contreras, Eric Garza, Cynthia Lugo, Denise Romero, Stacey Santos, California State University, Long Beach

The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) eligible youth population is a diverse group, which includes but is not limited to: unaccompanied migrant children, accompanied migrant children, ethnic diversity and age. Age plays a significant role in ..Read More…

Human Trafficking Continues to Urge Attention from Both Legal and Political Interventions


By Rikisha Hawthorne

Nature of the Problem

The report on human trafficking indicated that close to 20.9 million adults and children fall victim to human trafficking across the world (Puente, Aba & Skulj, 2014, p. 54). The statistics also indicated that about 54 percent of the victims are globally exploited sexually. ..Read More…

What’s in a Word(s)? Difficult Decisions



By Al Murdach, LCSW (Retired)

This column explores some of the meanings behind words that today have a significant impact on social workers. Our words for today are “difficult decisions.”

Social workers are often called upon to help clients make difficult decisions. While in the past this topic was uppermost in ..Read More…

A Tectonic Shift

One day substandard nursing homes with poor staffing will be forced to compete with small, high quality community-based care providers.

By Jason Bloome

A recent investigation by Kaiser Health News and the New York Times has found most nursing homes have fewer nurses and caregiver aides than had been reported to the ..Read More…

When a Client Threatens the Therapist: Guidelines for Mitigating Risk



It’s not something that most of us would ever imagine having to deal with in our careers — a client makes or poses a threat of violence against you.

By Renee Lonner and Michele Licht

Therapists seem to be uniquely challenged in terms of knowing what to do to protect themselves, based ..Read More…

What Do We Know About the Psychological Distress of Latino Veterans in California?



By Yessenia Mayorga, MSW Candidate, and Janaki Santhiveeran, PhD, School of Social Work, CSULB.

Recent scholarly work has created renewed interest on the topic of “psychological distress” as it relates to life satisfaction and physical wellness. Psychological distress is a concept often used to express an individual’s well-being and satisfaction with life ..Read More…

Social Workers Creating Changes in Education


By Ashley Battle, Betsy Medina, Esmeralda de la Mora, Leticia Garcia, California State University, Long Beach

School suspension and expulsion, regarded a rigid approach to school discipline (Triplett, et al., 2014), have been correlated with higher levels of antisocial and negative behavior, including drug use, gang involvement, and an increased likelihood to ..Read More…

A Broken Hammer and Bent Nails: Better Tools are Needed for Nursing Home Transition to Succeed in California


By Jason Bloome

Of the approximate 100,000 patients on long-term Medi-Cal in California skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), at least 11,000 have low level care needs that could be met by community-based residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) according to a legislative analysis.

The number of patients unnecessarily institutionalized could be closer ..Read More…