What’s in a Word? Discretion

What’s in a Word? Discretion



By Al Murdach, LCSW (retired)

This column explores some of the meanings behind words that today can have a significant impact upon the social work profession. Our word for today is: discretion.

Discretion is not a word social workers will immediately feel strongly about despite its importance for the profession. On first ..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…