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Executive Director’s Message: Racism, When Will It End?

Executive Director’s Message: Racism, When Will It End?

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

While recent events seem to indicate an increase in racism, we all know that it is ever present and must be fought continuously. The recent events involving Christian Cooper (NYC), Ahmaud Aubrey (GA) and George Floyd (MN) point to how imbedded racism is in American society and culture and how ..Read More…

WATCH: Executive Director’s Message For Social Workers Graduating in 2020

Social workers! Our Executive Director, Janlee Wong, recently sat down to share a message for our new class of social workers that graduated this spring. We know that not being able to celebrate this achievement in person has been tough for many, but we would like to share this message of hope from us to ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Congratulations Social Work Graduates

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

Congratulations Graduates,

In this time of crisis and turmoil, and in all times of human need, people look to professionals like social workers to help. All of us do this because this is what we’re trained to do. This is what our Code of Ethics, our values and our professionalism tells ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Board Of Directors Check-in Recap

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

The NASW California Chapter Board of Directors held a recent “check in” meeting via Zoom and it’s amazing what professional social workers are doing during the COVID 19 emergency.  The Board reflects the breadth and diversity of professional social work and here are some highlights from what Board members are ..Read More…

Lessons From COVID-19: The Future Of Telehealth

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

What might be the future of telehealth in the aftermath of COVID-19? In the near term (end of this year), many providers will continue to deliver their services via telehealth even after the stay at home order is lifted. Lingering concerns and anxiety will cause some patients and clients to prefer telehealth ..Read More…

NASW-CA Executive Director Janlee Wong Announces Retirement After 25 Years Of Service

After 25 years as the Executive Director of the California Chapter, I will be retiring as of July 31, 2020. My early social work career averaged 5-6 years per job as it is for many social workers. So, staying as long as I have, meant how ideal the NASW job was for me. I’ve accomplished what ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: COVID-19 and Social Work

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

As the pandemic continues and infection rates continue to grow, “states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase.” We learn this from monitoring important accurate sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html

California is one of those states in ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: The Tragedy of Gabriel F.

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

In 2013, Gabriel F. died from severe physical abuse. Although Gabriel’s case was closed at the time, he was known to Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 2011. In 2016, felony child abuse and falsification of records charges were filed against four DCFS workers (two ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Holiday Season Message

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

As we celebrate this holiday, all social workers should exercise lots of self care, being with family and friends, pets and nature.  Enjoy a nice meal and some fun entertainment.  My family and I saw the Nutcracker and Charlie Brown’s Christmas in DC.  The highlight was the National “Zoo ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Gratitude to Our News Editor

By Janlee Wong, MSW

Lisa Kopochinski, NASWCA’s longtime News Editor, is leaving after 11 years of dedicated service to the Chapter. When Lisa started, NASWCA was still publishing a paper newspaper that was mailed to members.  The format was newsprint tabloid size 11 inches by 17 inches and only a few printing companies could print ..Read More…

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