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National Association of Social Workers


January 2011 • Volume 37, Number 4

BBS Restructures Exam Process



Social Workers and Record Retention Requirements Introduction Social workers should keep records to provide better care to their clients, to meet ethical and legal requirements, and for legal defense purposes, if needed. Many social workers lack information about how long they are required to maintain client files. This question often arises when a social worker is retiring, closing a practice, relocating, or in the event that a social worker dies without specific provision for the disposition of existing records. This Legal Issue of the Month provides information about the various state laws pertaining to record retention. As with most legal questions, a complete answer may require an analysis of several sources of law or review with an attorney.

Background The NASW Code of Ethics provides that social workers should comply with state law requirements as to the length of time to retain client records. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

In This Issue President’s Message ............................. 2 Executive Director’s Message ................ 3

addresses how long health care providers are required to maintain administrative records of compliance with the HIPAA regulations (six years), but it does not address how long social workers should retain clinical records. Therefore, the issue of how long to retain clients’ files is an issue where state law is the primary guide. One of the difficulties in providing clear answers to social workers on any state law issue is the lack of uniformity among the states. Thus, social workers in each state will have to confirm the requirements of their state. To assist social workers in this task, a state-by-state list of applicable laws has been prepared along with a list of state statutes of limitations. These resources are discussed below. To view the entire article, please visit the national website, a member only section at default.asp. Please e-mail Brendan at or call (800) 538-2565 ext. 32 with questions or to have a copy mailed to you.

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t its board meeting on July 28, 2010, the Board of Behavioral Sciences directed staff to draft proposed legislative language to implement a restructure of the examination process. Draft legislative language was then presented and approved at the September 13, 2010 Licensing and Examination Committee meeting. The proposed exam restructure would change the exam process for applicants seeking Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure on or after January 1, 2013. The major components of the exam restructure are as follows:

Exam Overview • Effective January 1, 2013, applicants for MFT and LCSW licensure shall pass two exams: a California law and ethics examination (law and ethics exam) and a clinical examination (clinical exam). These new exams replace the standard written and the clinical vignette exams currently in place.

Law and Ethics Exam • A new registrant with the Board would be required to take the law and ethics exam. This exam must be taken within the first year of registration with the Board. • If the law and ethics exam is not passed within the first renewal period, the registrant must complete Continued on page 4

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Unmet Needs: The Chronic State of Need in Public Child Welfare


Board of Directors Officers 2010-2011 PRESIDENT

Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW

By Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work


Christine Ford, LCSW


y the time you read this, the New Year will have begun, marked by a carry over of enormous social, political and fiscal deficits; well, really human problems from the preceding year. As social workers, we spend our days and often our nights in small and large actions taken to support, empower and address the human toll of community, legislative, business and family decisions that leave out a “good enough” plan for the consequences of a given policy, decision or action. While we work in many areas, there is really no greater need than that reflected by the children and families in our public child welfare system. These are the children who demonstrate a disproportionate exposure to the risks of adult decision making that does not sufficiently consider the consequences of actions or address the basic needs of others, leaving unmet needs. Daily, social workers and other social service workers attempt to identify and address the needs of these children and their families in terms of safety, living conditions, health, mental health, education, substance abuse, minimizing exposure to violence, and other resource needs. At any one time, 30 percent to 40 percent of the legislation our own organization targets for support involves the needs of children and families on a public child welfare caseload somewhere in our state or nation. Each month in this last year, at the state or local level, the basic funding to meet the needs of these children and their families has been in jeopardy or has been reduced. We are in a constant state of emergency

“It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.” —Marian Wright Edelman

when it comes to finding the resources to address this most vulnerable group. Those who work directly in our public child welfare systems are exposed daily to the stress of working without adequate resources or protection in what has become a kind of war zone in our larger urban settings. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Los Angeles County, where many of my former students, past and present colleagues, toil each day. In my conversations over the last several months with these front-line workers in our profession, I have become increasingly concerned with their well-being in addition to that of the children and families they serve. No one can sustain for long the work day in and day out with the constant questioning a “good enough” worker does about her own actions with little support and fewer resources. The questioning and criticism at this point has spiraled way beyond that of the worker and his or her supervisor. It is once again time to take a thoughtful look at what is happening in our public child welfare system, and being laid at the feet of our profession, even though professionally trained social workers make up less than 40 percent of those doing this work according to most national estimates. The nationally recognized guidelines, for those of you that do not know, is that at least 50 percent of the workers in public child welfare settings have social work training. I ask that each of you make time to talk to your colleagues working on the line in protective services, ask them what is needed, and engage in supporting them and the children they attempt to serve by taking action in some way on their behalf. Educate yourself further about the needs or become a voice in the political process that so impacts the work they are trying to do. /


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Most policy makers, budget wonks, academics and newspaper editorial boards are against ballot box budgeting such as Proposition 63.

Budget Madness, Again By Janlee Wong, MSW


hile Democrats breathed a sigh of relief with Jerry Brown’s election, it won’t make the horrible budget crisis go away. Since the collective wisdom (and the continuing two-thirds budget requirement for tax increases) seems to speak out against tax increases, all that can be foretold is cut after cut after cut. Perhaps what we need is to bring the issue of services and taxes to the voters. We did that with Proposition 63 (Mental Health Services Act) and it continues to be the best and brightest message in health and human services. And voters

are against messing with it as evidenced in the 2009 election when Gov. Schwarzenegger tried to seize the revenues for other purposes. Most policy makers, budget wonks, academics and newspaper editorial boards are against ballot box budgeting such as Proposition 63. The arguments against it are that it piecemeals the budget and doesn’t take responsibility for handling the budget as a whole. Other arguments include it takes away (absolves) the legislature and the governor from taking responsibility for fixing the budget.

While their argument has some merit, say in the case of Proposition 98, which carves out a fixed percentage of the total budget for education, it may be time for us in the health and human services world to embrace decision making on cuts in health and human services at the ballot box. It could be that the voters would resist massive cuts in health and human services, and might even approve revenues to fund such services. After all, it worked for Proposition 63. /

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BBS Process

Diana Traub, BSW Student

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Student Director North

a 12-hour law and ethics course in order to be eligible to take the exam in the next renewal cycle. The exam must be retaken in each renewal cycle until passed. In addition, in each year the exam is not passed, the 12-hour law and ethics course must be taken to establish examination eligibility. • According to current law, a registration cannot be renewed after six years. If a registrant’s registration expires, he or she must pass the law and ethics exam in order to obtain a subsequent registration number.



rom a very young age, I felt inspired to help others and my experience as an adolescent helped to shape this desire. As a teen, I encountered many hardships that led me to multiple living situations and setbacks that I don’t believe I could have overcome without the guidance and support of others, specifically social workers. I also observed problems within the social service systems that directly affected me and this inspired me to turn my life around to help support a change for future youth. Given my personal and professional experience so far, I believe that the social work profession is one that creates unlimited possibilities for the lives of others. I didn’t know if I had the potential to make it as far as I have and I certainly never envisioned I’d be where I am today. Social workers helped me take my life back and taught me how to stand on my own two feet. Today, I believe anything is possible. My professional experience to date has been primarily with children and families. I have worked with adolescents who have experienced substance abuse and I now work with children and families to assist keeping their families to stay together. In the future, I hope to be able to support these family services by doing advocacy work. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with NASW. My involvement has inspired me to pursue further education and has created endless opportunities to network and collaborate with other social workers in the community. I am excited about supporting fellow students and helping to facilitate rapport as we all continue down the path of becoming professional social workers. / Diana lives in Region B. If you have questions for Diana, please e-mail her at

• Once a registrant has completed all supervised work experience, completed all education requirements, and passed the law and ethics exam, he or she may take the clinical exam. This exam must be passed within seven years of an individual’s first attempt. If it is not passed within this timeframe, the individual’s eligibility to further attempt the exam is placed on hold. He or she must then pass the current version of the law and ethics exam before reestablishing eligibility to take the clinical exam.

Individuals or Applicants in the Exam Process Pre-2013 • As of January 1, 2013, applicants who have previously taken and passed the standard written exam must now take the clinical exam to be eligible for licensure. • As of January 1, 2013, applicants who have previously taken and failed to pass the standard written exam must now pass both the law and ethics exam and the clinical exam. • As of January 1, 2013, applicants who had previously taken and failed to pass the clinical vignette exam must now pass the clinical exam. • As of January 1, 2013, applicants who had obtained eligibility for the standard written exam but had not yet taken the exam must now take the law and ethics exam and the clinical exam.

Exam Fees • For ASWs, the fee for the law and ethics exam is $100. The fee for the clinical exam is $100. These are the same as the fees currently in place for ASWs. The fee for application for exam eligibility will remain the same. • For IMFs, the fee for the law and ethics exam is $100. The fee for the clinical exam is $100. These are the same as the fees currently in place for IMFs. The fee for application for exam eligibility will remain the same. / Excerpted from October 20, 2010 BBS memo.

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Nontraditional Social Work Employment Development Project

James J. Kelly Appointed to Presidency of Menlo College

By Carrie Lew o one will argue that social workers bring a variety of skills that can be “transferred” to various private (i.e., corporate) and nonprofit settings. What private or nonprofit employer would not benefit from an employee who is a problem solver, a catalyst for change, a communicator, collaborator and/or a human behavior specialist? Surely, social workers possess many of these skills, but challenges exist for social workers who want to “cross over” to private industry to reap the potential benefits. For instance, employers in “nontraditional” settings often have preconceived notions of what social workers are trained to do. Because of the uncertain economy, shrinking job market and desire to provide a greater array of possible master’s level internship and employment options, the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work is finding the need to be creative in identifying these types of opportunities for students and alumni. In response, Dean Marilyn Flynn has commissioned myself and career consultant J. Juan Macias, LCSW, to work on an employment development project to help increase nontraditional social work (NTSW) opportunities—namely jobs and internships held by MSWs in industries or departments that may not ordinarily hire social workers. The main project objectives include identifying target industries and developing contacts where NTSW jobs/internships may be found including finance, insurance and managed care, meeting with employers to understand industries, connecting transferable skills and helping coach those interested in pursuing these opportunities. We have met with more than 100 employers and developed a total of 14 NTSW internships for the 2010 academic year. We meet with employers to learn what their organizations need and identify the transferable skill set that may benefit their departments. We educate them on the variety of skills social workers possess. We dispel the

NASW congratulates its current president, James J. Kelly, PhD, ACSW, on his appointment to the presidency of Menlo College, effective January 1, 2011. Dr. Kelly has served as the provost (chief academic officer) and executive vice president of the college since 2007. He has worked closely with outgoing president G. Timothy Haight in carrying out the mission to turn Menlo College into a premier business college.

New NASW WebEd Online Course in Spanish This two-hour online course— Comprendiendo el VIH/SIDA: El Rol del Trabajador Social—can be accessed by NASW members and non-members alike at www.

NASW Lunchtime Series Webinars (January – March 2011) •

Ending Homelessness Among Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care—12/16/2010

Health Care Reform and Beyond: Limits and Possibilities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—1/31/2011

Client Violence and Social Worker Safety—2/17/2011

Delivering Services to Minors: Ethical and RiskManagement—3/8/2011

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myths of what social workers are portrayed to do in the media. Some high-level executives say they have never considered hiring a social worker, but given their skill set and training, it would make sense to do so. Internships help provide student interns with invaluable skills. Not only do these opportunities have the potential to convert into full-time jobs, but students are also being exposed to senior leadership as well as learning foundational business skills. The latter is very important since many of the 100 employers we have met with mention repeatedly how MSWs need marketing, finance, leadership and project management skills if they are to succeed in NTSW arenas. While the initial intent of the project was to create jobs for social work graduates, the current state of the economy has shifted the focus more on creating internships. As Dean Flynn states, “Some positions may begin as traditional academic year-long internships and even summer internships because MSWs have not been employed in these settings. In addition, the economy has not helped because this has made employers even more hesitant to hire MSWs.” Among the internships developed, we solidified a summer internship with a private banking division of a major U.S. bank. Since June 2010, a graduate has been providing support to trust officers who combine wealth management services with life management assistance to ultimately help aging adults maintain their independence and quality of life. She has done such an excellent job that the bank has created a full-time position for her. Other NTSW internships focus on a variety of areas such as development and communications, talent management, recruitment, community outreach/education to older adults and constituent services at a congressional office. “Leadership-track” internships have also been created where students get opportunities to work with nonprofit senior management, including the CEO. Continued on page 14


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Course: #11-202 Instructor: M. Harwood, LCSW Date: Saturday, January 29 Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Fees: Member $135 Non-member $165

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Course: #11-204 Instructor: R. Liles, LCSW, DSW Date: Saturday, January 29 Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Fees: Member $135 Non-member $165

Course: #11-205 Instructor: M. W. Siegel, LCSW Date: Friday, January 28 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Fees: Member $115 Non-member $145

Substance Dependency (15 Hr) 2-day Pre-license Requirement Course: #11-203 Instructor: G. DiStefano, LCSW Dates: Fri. & Sat., Jan. 28 & 29 Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Fees: Member $245 Non-member $275 Clinical Supervision (15 Hr) BBS Requirement for Supervising ASW Course: #11-206 Instructor: M. Jung, LCSW Dates: Fri. & Sat., Jan. 28 & 29 Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Fees: Member $245 Non-member $275

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Human Sexuality (10 Hr) 1-day Pre-license Requirement Course: #11-207 Instructor: R. Nizzardini, LCSW, JD Date: Friday, February 25 Hours: 8:30am-7:30pm Fees: Member $175 Non-member $205 Substance Dependency (15 Hr) 2-day Pre-license Requirement Course: #11-210 Instructor: G. DiStefano, LCSW Dates: Fri. & Sat., Feb. 25 & 26 Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Fees: Member $245 Non-member $275

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Course: #11-208 Instructor: G. Merrill, LCSW Date: Fri. & Sat., Feb. 25 & 26 Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Fees: Member $245 Non-member $275

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Health Professions Education Foundation Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMHSPEP) 5HSULQWHGIURPWKH%RDUGRI%HKDYLRUDO6FLHQFHVZHEVLWH ho may apply? Registered or licensed marriage and family therapists, and registered or licensed clinical social workers in California. An awardee may receive up to $15,000 to repay educational loans over a two-year period. An awardee commits to practicing and providing direct care in a publicly funded or public mental health facility, a nonprofit mental health facility, a mental health professions shortage area, or in the public mental health system. When considering the foundation’s mental health programs, to which program should I apply?

The Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program and the Mental Health Loan Assumption Program are distinct in nature, due to their funding sources, selection criteria and guidelines. For the March 2009 awards cycle only, the foundation produced a single application form for both programs. During the next cycle, both programs will be independent of each other. You will need to fill out an application for each program for which you wish to apply. / For more information and to access application forms, visit the BBS website at

Interviews with Edna Foa, PhD on the Nature and Treatment of PTSD Disorder


r. Edna Foa was named as one of Time’s 100 most influential in the May 2010 issue for her development and use of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy with patients with PTSD, including veterans. To view this article, visit www.uphs. ptsd-researcher-most-influential-timemagazine/.

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known as PTSD. To listen to this interview through a free podcast, visit php?type=doc&id=28895&cn=109.

Additional Article on Readers may also read an interview with Dr. Foa as she discusses prolonged exposure (PE) therapy with Dr. Keith Sutton for the treatment of PTSD, OCD, and other anxiety disorders. To view this article, visit interview/edna-foa-exposure-therapy.

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Legislative Scorecard for the 2010 Legislative Session By Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs


he National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter (NASW-CA) is proud to release our 2010 Legislative Scorecard. NASW-CA represents more than 11,500 professional social workers who have degrees from accredited social work programs. NASWCA advocates on behalf of our members and their clients, for the implementation and improvement of programs and policies designed to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic needs of all people. For more information on the NASW-CA policy priorities, please visit

Methodology This analysis is based on the final floor votes (excluding the concurrence vote) cast on the selected measures. If a final floor vote was not available, in some cases a previous committee hearing vote or voting record was substituted. Legislators who were officially absent for a vote did not have their vote included in the rating. The Governor’s rating is based on whether he signed or vetoed the measure. Please note that these bills are a subset of the bills on NASW-CA’s priority list for 2010. They do not constitute all of the bills NASW-CA took a position on in 2010.

Summary of Legislation AB 12 (Beall & Bass) California Fostering Connections to Success Act This bill ensures that California opts into federal funding to re-enact our existing Kin-Gap program to provide transitional support to some foster youth until age 21. As a result, California would use federal funds that would achieve substantial savings from declines in homelessness, teen pregnancy, unemployment, public assistance and other expensive outcomes for young adults who would otherwise be forced out of foster care at the age of 18.

NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Signed into law by the Governor

AB 1758 (Ammiano) County Wraparound Services Program This bill removes the pilot status of the “wrap-around program,” which is designed to keep children in their homes with family-based support services as an alternative to group home placement. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Signed into law by the Governor

AB 2167 (Nava) Social Worker Loan Repayment Act (sponsored bill) Allows California masters level social workers to take the National Exam, administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), for licensure. This enables California Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) to be eligible for the federal National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment program, which pays back student loans for social workers who work in unserved and underserved areas. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Signed into law by the Governor

SB 543 (Leno) Mental Health Services for At-risk Youth (co-sponsored bill) SB 543 removes barriers to providing mental health services to youth by allowing youth ages 12 to 17 to consent to mental health treatment or counseling if the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to participate intelligently in the services. SB 543 helps ensure that youth do not have to wait until their mental health situations become dire and their safety is compromised by suicide, substance abuse or violence to receive services. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Signed into law by the Governor

AB 1593 (Yamada) Adult Day Health Care Centers Removes financial barriers to allow the opening of two new, publicly financed, Adult Day Health Centers (ADHCs) at two California Veterans Homes, contingent on the availability of funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

AB 1600 (Beall) Health Care Coverage: Mental Health Services (Parity) This bill would require a health plan and health insurer to provide for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of a mental illness under the same terms and conditions applied to other medical conditions. “Mental illness” as defined in this bill, includes substance abuse. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

AB 1914 (Davis) Public Social Services: Food Stamp Benefits This bill requires the state to provide emergency food stamp benefits to those waiting for their unemployment benefits or an extension of unemployment benefits. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

AB 2047 (Hernandez) Public Postsecondary Education: Admissions Policies This measure authorizes UC and CSU to consider race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, along with other relevant factors in undergraduate and graduate admissions, to the maximum extent permitted by the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution and relevant case law. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

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AB 2706 (Lowenthal) Civil Rights: Homeless Persons Specifies that a homeless person has the right to be free from violence or intimidation and that he or she can sue for enhanced civil penalties if an act of violence was committed against them because of their status as a homeless individual. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

SB 662 (Yee) Domestic Violence: Marriage License Fees This measure increases fees on marriage licenses for the purposes of funding domestic violence shelters. NASW-CA POSITION: Support OUTCOME: Vetoed by the Governor

2010 Highlights and Notes The highlight of 2010 was the passage of our sponsored bill, AB 2167 (Nava) and the passage of our co-sponsored bill, SB 543 (Leno). Both measures had to overcome substantial opposition in order to be passed and signed by the Governor. In an otherwise bleak year because of the state budget crisis, the Governor signed a substantial number of foster care bills that we supported. Many measures failed because of fiscal considerations, but overall, the Governor signed 11 bills that we supported. We were also able to stop the passage of several bills that we opposed, including an attempt to abolish the Children and Families’ First Commissions. We look forward to the new legislative session and to working with the newly elected members of the Legislature. / To review a full list of assemblymembers and their positions, visit files/ASSEMBLY.xls

Governor GRADE RATING Schwarzenegger Arnold R N/A S V V S V V S V S V 40% Senator Name Aanestad Sam R 4 N Y N Y N N Y N N Y 40% D 13 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Alquist Elaine 100% R 18 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y 50% Ashburn Roy R 15 Y X N X N N X N X X 20% Blakeslee Sam R 37 X X X X X X X X NV Y 50% Benoit John 70% Calderon Ronald S. D 30 Y Y NV Y Y Y Y NV Y NV D 22 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A 100% Cedillo Gil R 14 N Y N Y N N Y N N Y 40% Cogdill Dave D 10 Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y 100% Corbett Ellen D 34 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 90% Correa Lou R 12 N Y NV Y N N Y N N Y 40% Denham Jeff D 7 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y NV Y 90% DeSaulnier Mark D 40 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y NV Y Ducheny Denise 90% R 31 N Y NV Y N N Y N N Y 40% Dutton Bob R 37 Y Y N Y N N Y N X X 50% Emmerson Bill D 16 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A 100% Florez Dean D 9 Y Y NV Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% Hancock Loni R 35 N Y A NV NV A Y A NV Y Harman Tom 43% R 36 N Y A Y N N Y N N NV 33% Hollingsworth Dennis R 29 N Y N Y N N Y N N Y 40% Huff Bob D 39 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Kehoe Christine D 3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Leno Mark D 21 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Liu Carol 100% D 27 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Lowenthal Alan R 15 X X X X X X X X N Y 50% Maldonado Abel D 32 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Negrete McLeod Gloria D 20 Y Y N V Y Y Y Y NV Y Y Padilla Alex 80% D 23 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Pavley Fran 100% Price Curren D. D 26 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y X X 100% D 24 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y NV 80% Romero Gloria Runner George C. R 17 NV Y N Y N N Y N NV Y 40% D 11 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Simitian Joe D 6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Steinberg Darrell R 19 Y Y N Y N N Y N N Y 50% Strickland Tony A. R 33 N A N A N N A N N Y 14% Walters Mimi D 2 A A A A A A A A Y Y Wiggins Patricia 100% D 5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Wolk Lois 100% Wright Roderick D. D 25 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y R 38 N Y N Y N N Y N N Y 40% Wyland Mark D 8 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 100% Yee Leland NV indicates Not Voting/Abstaining A indicates an excused absence and is not counted in the rating X indicates the Member was not part of the Senate at the time of the vote, deceased members are not included in this scorecard

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Social Workers Voter Guide to the 2010 General Election November 2, 2010 – Final Outcomes Below you will see the final results from the November 2nd General Election. The candidates in bold are the candidates we endorsed that won their race. The NASW-CA endorsed candidate won in 85 percent of the races. Governor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Brown Lieutenant Governor . . . . . . . . Gavin Newsom Secretary of State . . . . . . . . . . . Debra Bowen Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Chiang Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Lockyer Attorney General . . . . . . . . . . Kamala Harris Insurance Commissioner . . . . . . . . Dave Jones Board of Equalization District 1. . . . . . Betty Yee Board of Equalization District 2 . . . . . . Chris Parker Senate District 2 . . . . . . . . . . . .Noreen Evans Senate District 6 . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Steinberg Senate District 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leland Yee Senate District 10 . . . . . . . . . . . Ellen Corbett Senate District 12 . . . . . . . . . . . Anna Caballero Senate District 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Padilla Senate District 22 . . . . . . . . . . Kevin De Leon Senate District 24 . . . . . . . . . . .Ed Hernandez Senate District 26 . . . . . . . . . . . Curren Price Senate District 28 . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Oropeza Senate District 30 . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Calderon Senate District 32 . . . . . Gloria Negrete-McLeod Senate District 34 . . . . . . . . . . . . Lou Correa Senate District 36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Clay Senate District 40 . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan Vargas Assembly District 1 . . . . . . . . Wesley Chesbro Assembly District 5 . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Pan Assembly District 6 . . . . . . . . . Jared Huffman Assembly District 8 . . . . . Mariko Yamada, MSW Assembly District 10 . . . . . . . . . Alyson Huber Assembly District 11 . . . . . . . . . Susan Bonilla Assembly District 12 . . . . . . . . . . . Fiona Ma Assembly District 13 . . . . . . . . .Tom Ammiano Assembly District 14 . . . . . . . . Nancy Skinner Assembly District 15 . . . . . . . . Joan Buchanan Assembly District 16 . . . . . . . Sandre Swanson Assembly District 17 . . . . . . Cathleen Galgiani Assembly District 18 . . . . . . . . Mary Hayashi

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Upland Unified School District – Governing Board Robert Bennett, LCSW, ACSW

Stockton City Council District 5 Susan Talamantes Eggman, MSW, Ph.D.

City of San Pablo City Council Genoveva Calloway, LCSW

Sequioa HealthCare District Board Ruth West-Gorrin, LCSW

Carlsbad School Board Ann Tanner, LCSW

U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer (endorsed by National PACE)

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Should CCRCs be Regulated under the Insurance Department Rather than the Continuing Care Contracts Branch of the California Department of Social Services? By Lillian L. Hyatt, MSW, a resident of a CCRC and AARP Policy Specialist on CCRCs In researching the question in my headline, I spoke with Jack Cumming, an actuary and resident at a CCRC in Southern California. He educated me about the capability of the insurance department, which is more extensive than the Continuing Care Contracts Branch of the California Department of Social Services (DSS). I was very impressed by the thoughtful analysis given to the way that will improve protections for residents of CCRCs. The big problem is how to implement these excellent suggestions over the opposi-

tion of the providers who prefer the laws as they now stand. Insurance departments have access to the specialized expertise of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and through the NAIC they are able to benefit from cooperation among the regulators in the several states. The Insurance Department has a professional contract review section that would not allow providers to require applicants to “warrant” information they provide when all applicants can reasonably do is to answer to the best of their

knowledge and belief. To view the entire article, please visit associations/7989/files/hyatt0111.pdf. To request a printed copy of this article, please call (800) 538-2565, ext. 12. / California News columnist Lillian Hyatt was recently named as an AARP California policy advisor. A policy advisor reviews legislation, regulations and other proposals to promote official AARP policy updated annually and approved by its board of directors.

The Suffragette Movement


e’ve all heard of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, but most of us have never learned what these brave women endured to obtain the right to vote. The women were jailed for picketing the White House. And, by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.” They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thinking that Lewis was dead—suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women. Thus unfolded the “Night of Terror” on November 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White

House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. Recently, HBO released the movie about women fighting for the right to vote. It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to

declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.” If you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. /

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January 2011

Nontraditional Social Work Employment Continued from page 5 When developing NTSW internships, we request stipends for the students and if social workers are not employed in the nontraditional setting, external field instructors (EFI) are hired to provide weekly intern supervision. Dean Flynn sees many reasons why social workers might consider NTSW jobs and internships. “California is tremendously challenged with falling revenues. Normally, social workers are the last to go rather than the first, but we do expect some contraction—so there is a pinch. We are seeing an expansion of competition from allied professions, so we need to not only create jobs at the same places we have always been at but new places, too,” says Flynn. Other benefits might include higher salaries, increased variety, professional image improvement, second careers and strategic career positioning (i.e., skill building to enter senior management). It is our experience that alumni are usually promoted into management in two to three years, so these internships can really give them a head start on building those skills. While benefits exist to enter NTSW arenas, some social workers may wonder if they can still “feel like they are making a difference.” Some question if NTSW opportunities lead social workers away from our traditional “mission” as they will be using their skills to fur-

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ther business interests instead of more social justice issues. A response to that is, “Business is here to stay, why not get social workers with a strong code of ethics leading our corporations and influencing decision makers on behalf of consumers?” Dean Flynn reminds social workers, “There are vulnerable populations you can serve everywhere.” Interest in NTSW opportunities is growing. In February, more than 200 USC School of Social Work alumni and students attended a forum entitled Nontraditional Social Work: Is It for Me?, where the Employment Development project was highlighted and a panel of five alumni working in nontraditional settings discussed what they do in their positions and how they landed them ( The panelists represented areas such as social enterprise, corporate responsibility, business development, employee and organizational development and nonprofit management. We also presented at both the 2010 NASW Annual Conference in Los Angeles in October and at CSWE Annual Program Meeting. More work needs to be done to increase awareness with students, alumni, faculty and other social work professionals regarding the potential of pursuing the non-traditional arenas. The project has been a rewarding one. While attempting to identify nontraditional jobs and internships, we are also providing support to help students/alumni

pursue NTSW opportunities by providing career development workshops, individualized coaching sessions, and working with faculty and administration to possibly incorporate foundational business skills into the curriculum. When coaching students and graduates pursuing nontraditional opportunities, we stress the importance of not only educating employers on the skill set social workers possess, but also specifically “connecting the dots” on how their skills transfer to the job/ internship they are seeking. Undoubtedly, a variety of industries and departments can utilize the skill set social workers can bring to normally “unchartered territories” accompanied by our strong code of ethics. The key is increasing awareness and understanding of NTSW opportunities among all the stakeholders involved—employers, students, alumnae, faculty, university staff and social work professionals. The USC School of Social Work is believed to be the only social work program in California providing Social Work specific career services including those promoting NTSW opportunities. / Carrie A. Lew, EdD, LCSW, is the director of professional development and alumni relations at University of Southern California School of Social Work. To continue the “conversation,” feel free to comment on the USC Nontraditional Social Work LinkedIn Group at http:// mber=&gid=2721937&trk=eml-grp-sub.

New Professionals Network (NPN) Social Event NASW-CA Chapter New Professionals Network (NPN) hosted a networking function in collaboration with the CSULB Social Work Alumni Group (SWAG) at the Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center on Saturday, November 6. Other event sponsors included NASW Region I and F and Long Beach unit in addition to USC Orange County campus. More than 55 people were in attendance for the event that targeted recent graduates, current students, and all other social workers interested in networking. To

provide good networking opportunities, the planning committee also targeted veteran social workers who offered experience and expertise. One attendee said, “the event was a good mixture of formal and informal networking that made it a NPN November 2010 social networking event participants. lot of fun.” interested in joining the planning comNPN leadership is planning for its next event, which will be held this April. mittee (and a current student or recent For more details, visit the chapter web- graduate living in the LA region), please site at contact Brendan at membership@ cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=136. If you are

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California Social Work Hall of Distinction Inducts New Pioneers The California Social Work Hall of Distinction inducted seven new members, five posthumously, in a ceremony on October 9 in Los Angeles, recognizing their unique contributions to improving social and human conditions. “These individuals were influential in shaping the direction of our profession for future generations,� said Colleen Friend, committee chair. “We honor them for seizing opportunities to improve systems and offer alternative solutions that opened up new pathways for the marginalized and disadvantaged.� Sponsored, in part, by the USC School of Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers, the event attracted more than 200 guests paying tribute to the lifetime achievements of a new crop of social work pioneers. “This is one of the stellar events of social work in California,� said Janlee Wong, executive director of NASW-California chapter. “It’s so exciting to see all of these great social workers coming together to commemorate a legendary list of inductees.� The 2010 class of honorees includes: Tessie A. Cleveland, a medical social worker and community activist who developed more inclusive and culturally responsive networks of county social services. Jeanne M. Giovannoni, a child welfare advocate whose research served as a foundation for defining child abuse. John G. Milner (USC School of Social Work professor emeritus), a distinguished teacher and child welfare advocate who founded the USC Delinquency Control Institute and oversaw USC’s Head Start Training Program. James Yukihiro Miyano, MSW, a tireless advocate for the Asian-American community whose work influenced the movement toward community-based services Dolores I. Rodriguez, an innovator of culturally relevant social services for the Latino community. Barbara J. Solomon (USC School of Social Work professor and vice provost emerita), a gifted scholar who introduced

the concept of black empowerment as a framework for social work practice. John M. Wedemeyer, Jr., an advocate of community-based social services who established one of the first shelters for runaway youths and wrote legislation seeking funding to help juveniles. The California Social Work Hall of Distinction was established within the California Social Welfare Archives, which, with support from the USC School of Social Work, maintains oral histories of social work leaders and collections of

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some of the most historically significant documents in the development of social welfare in the state. The Hall of Distinction honors the contributions of social work leaders, innovators and pioneers who have been instrumental in the betterment of society. / For additional biographical information about this year’s and past inductees, or to nominate a social work leader, visit the organization’s website at














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San Francisco State University Social Justice Symposium San Francisco State University Social Justice speakers: Left to right: Dr. Felix Rivera; County Symposium organizers Sarah Warren (left) and Miriam Supervisor John Avalos, MSW; and Stephen Nakajo, Markowitz. MSW. The event was held November 10, 2010.


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LGBT Students Continue to Feel Unsafe

LGBT Study Released

By Tory Cox, LCSW/PPS, Legislative Chair, California Social Work Council The National School Climate Survey reported that more than 64 percent of LGBTIQ students feel unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation. (IQ in the acronym LGBTIQ stands for intersex and questioning). In California, nearly one-fourth of students from elementary to high school are being harassed and bullied in their schools because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Studies show that young LGBTIQ youth are up to four times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers. In past weeks, six LGBTIQ youth committed suicide due to bullying and harassment in schools and online. / This information is courtesy of the LGBT Student Resource Center at California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, director of the San Francisco based Family Acceptance Project, has released a study that found that accepting parental and caregiver behaviors—such as welcoming their children’s openly LGBT friends or supporting their gender expression—protect their LGBT children against depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood. In addition, LGBT youth with highly accepting families have significantly higher levels of self-esteem, social support and better overall health in young adulthood. Dr. Ryan’s work has received a tremendous amount of media coverage from major media outlets including Time magazine, The Ladies Home Journal, Business Week, The Salt Lake Tribune and many others. / To learn more, please visit www. youth-development/caitlin-ryan-2010study.html.

January 2011



A Civilian Counselor’s Primer for Counseling Veterans A new book by Jose E. Coll, PhD, Eugenia L. Weiss, Ph.D. Herbert A. Exum, PhD

This book is based on the notion that the training, socialization and indoctrination into the U.S. armed forces creates belief systems, values and a lifestyle among service members (and their dependents) that is different from those of the civilian world. Thus, these differences warrant the utilization of the term “military culture,� as we address the needs of this segment of the U.S. population. The purpose of this book is to provide professionals (as well as interns) with the fundamental information they need to work successfully with veterans and families. The reader will learn about military training and culture, the types of stressors service members confront, the psychological disorders they are likely to present with, the impact of these disorders and stressors on the family and the various treatment options currently available./ (



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Carolyn Rebecca Stewart


ong-time social worker and popular Sacramento State instructor, Carolyn Rebecca Stewart, passed away suddenly on November 29, 2010 at the age of 59. Born on November 7, 1951 in St. Joseph, La., to Arnola and Joseph Gray, Carolyn spent her childhood in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles High School with honors in 1969, earning her an academic scholarship to attend Santa Clara University. She received her bachelor’s degree and

master’s degree in social work from California State University of Sacramento. Prior to receiving her degrees, Carolyn held the prestigious position of Professor de Language at Prince Albert I High School in Monte Carlo, Monaco from 1977 to 1981. She worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento for 28 years before retiring in 2009 and also taught part time at her alma mater, Sacramento State University. After retiring from Kaiser, she continued as a

professor at Sac State where she taught in the social work masters program. She recently earned her second master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Phoenix in June 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory; her husband of 25 years, Michael Stewart, Sr.; and three children, Louis, Michael and Samantha, as well as many other relatives. Services were held Saturday, December 4. /

Open Rank Clinical Faculty Teaching Positions

Virtual Academic Center Faculty Recruitment

University Park Campus Families and Children, Health, Military Social Work, Work & Life Concentrations

The highly-ranked USC School of Social Work seeks dynamic faculty interested in an innovative teaching environment with unique opportunities for graduate student instruction. The school is establishing a Virtual Academic Center (VAC) for the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree to be offered nationally. Courses will be taught in live, virtual sessions with supporting access to text and other materials. Graduate internships will be developed locally in traditional agency programs.

The USC School of Social Work has created a distinctive role for full-time (non-tenure earning) faculty who wish to devote themselves to the teaching mission of our graduate Master of Social Work program. We ask that applicants hold a Master of Social Work degree or a Master’s in an allied field and a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, demonstrate high potential for effective teaching, lead in the introduction of innovative approaches to social work education, and show commitment to evidence-based curriculum development. Application procedure: Interested persons should submit the following: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) a statement describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and approach, (4) a summary of courses taught and student evaluations, and (5) names and contact information of three references. Applications should be submitted to: R. Paul Maiden, PhD Vice Dean and Professor University of Southern California School of Social Work Montgomery Ross Fisher Building Room #210 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411 The University of Southern California is proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed, and background.

Faculty are expected to hold an MSW or master’s degree in an allied field, with preference given to those with doctoral preparation. Five years of post-graduate experience in higher education or relevant practice is desired. We are especially interested in those with expertise in families and children; behavioral health; community organization, planning and administration; school social work; and military social work. Rank and salary are contingent on qualifications, experience, and needs of the school. To apply, submit a cover letter and a copy of your vita via email to: June Wiley, PhD Director, Virtual Academic Center University of Southern California School of Social Work The University of Southern California is proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed, and background.

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Ban the Box

By Marilyn Montenegro Marisol tried to hold back her tears as she told me what had happened. She said she checked the box on the job application asking if she had a conviction because â&#x20AC;&#x153;they would find out anyway.â&#x20AC;? The man interviewing her said he had the authority to hire her and â&#x20AC;&#x153;mightâ&#x20AC;? overlook her conviction if she performed a sexual favor. After seeking work unsuccessfully since she left prison five months earlier, she was desperate and willing to do â&#x20AC;&#x153;anything.â&#x20AC;? She reluctantly complied. Afterwards he said he had been mistaken and that there was no job opening. Marisol is one of the approximately 13 million former prisoners in the U.S. for whom the punishment and the humiliation never ends, even after they have served their prison sentence, completed a period of parole, and presumably paid their â&#x20AC;&#x153;debt to society.â&#x20AC;? The Ban the Box campaign to end continuing

discrimination against people with conviction histories has succeeded in convincing 22 governmental entities to remove the question â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you ever been convictedâ&#x20AC;Ś?â&#x20AC;? from their job applications. (Among them are Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Alameda County). The Ban the Box organizing committee is now concentrating on ending employment discrimination in cities and counties in Southern California. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council has asked the California chapter to add their endorsement and encourages others to join the growing list of supporters. / The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council is concerned with policies, such as these, that perpetuate institutional violence. To learn more about the council, call (800) 538-2565 ext. 57 or e-mail womenscouncil or

2011 Spanish Immersion Session

She is not a disorder, a syndrome, or an issue. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jenny. At the Masonic Center for Youth and Families, we take a new approach

Visit the beautiful and safe mountain villages near the Pacific coast of Mexico.

to psychological services for youth ages 4 to 17. And it can lead to a whole new future. Learn more at, or contact us at or 877-466-3642.

Learn or improve your Spanish while helping underprivileged students further their education. 6 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 Opening early 2011

For details, visit Project Amigo is a successful nonprofit dedicated to expanding and improving childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational opportunities. The fees for the immersion program support the student-based services. For information about the project and services provided, visit




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REGION REPORTS San Luis Obispo Unit Report


Happy holidays from the Central Coast! We will continue monthly meetings on the fourth Thursdays of the month. On January 27, Michael Young, LCSW, will present “An Introduction to San Luis Obispo VA Counseling Services.” We will meet from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the Creekside Community Room at 3960 S. Higuera Street. Great refreshments will be offered as usual. Please remember that our executive committee meeting will be on January 14 and that our unit is still seeking a unit chair. Please contact myself, Ly-Lan Lofgren, for more information at or (805) 762-4398.


SLO Donates to Ranch

To find out more about NASW-CA Region C and its meetings, events and activities, join our Yahoo! Group by going to

By Ly-Lan Lofgren, MSW

By Amy-Lynne Hilderbrand, MSW


San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte CONTACTS

Director Mary Kyle, LCSW Regional Alternate Director Mark Thoma, Ed. D.,MSW Mendocino Unit Contact Nancy Nanna Sonoma Unit Chair Mary Ann Swanson Student Representative

Humboldt State

Kim Hall


San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo CONTACTS

Director Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD Alternate Director Marvin Gross Central Coast Unit Lynne White Dixon, LCSW

On December 9, the San Luis Obispo unit chapter made a donation to Morning Star Youth Ranch (MSYR), a nonprofit created to benefit youth and support families and rehabilitate horses. NASW members learned about this special place of hope, healing and trust north of Paso Robles on the historic Linn ranch. MSYR is a faith-based organization that seeks to “live” rather than “preach” their faith. MSYR Director Diane Odell’s vision for the ranch came from her own life journey of relating and nurturing a horse, which built a pathway of connection with people. Knowing the tremendous healing power of a child-horse relationship, she dreamed of a place of rescue, hope, restoration for children and horses. Carl Linn believed in a divine plan for the land his father and grandfather had ranched. After rescuing a horse, he felt the purpose for the land included, as he puts it, “eternal consequences.” After Carl and Diane met, the two dreams became a reality. At MSYR, youth are paired with one horse and one mentor to meet the unique needs of those served. The background of the horses is as unique as the youth at the ranch. One miniature has a big heart, and one horse, who was beaten, is learning to trust again. The themes of overcoming from abandonment, neglect and abuse are shared by horses and youth. The goal for horses is to find purpose in an environment suitable for their personality. Guided by a mentor, both youth and horse build a relationship based on hope and trust. San Jose Unit Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD San Luis Obispo Unit Ly-Lan M.V. Lofgren, MSW, LCSW San Mateo Unit Suzanne Lasseigne

MSYR Director Diane Odell and a volunteer.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano

Regional Director Sarah Brooks Student Representatives University of California at Berkeley Cathy Murray California State University, East Bay Jacqueline Stokes Veronica Pena

Region C Report By Catharine Ralph

Region C is rising! On October 16, our regional planning group hosted a free lunch for members at Scott’s Seafood res- Regional Director Sarah Brooks and Financial Chair taurant in Jack London Jenn Tan, awarding a raffle Square, Oakland. Our prize to a Region C member. program consisted of two local candidates for political offices, both endorsed by our chapter’s CalPACE affiliate; our chapter executive director, Janlee Wong; and the chapter’s governmental relations director, Rebecca Gonzalez. All of their remarks were interspersed with words from our regional director, Sarah Brooks, and our financial chair, Jenn Tan. Our political panelists, Ellen Corbett (who eventually won her re-election bid for state senate) and Nancy Skinner (who was re-elected to her state assembly seat) gave moving statements about their belief in the political process and the causes that inspired them to continue in office, even in the face of budget cuts and the state’s economic downturn, and how their legislative and policy interests overlap with those of social workers. After not having held events for the past year while surveying members, analyzing the results and planning the coming year’s program, Sarah was a distinguished mistress of ceremonies. Meanwhile, Jenn led the charge for fun and spark by gathering and wrapping several packages of NASW logo items that were raffled among Region C Directors past the attendees. Both & present: Fredericka were pleased to note White-Soso, Sarah Brooks, Catharine Ralph and that despite the event William “Rick” Collins. hiatus, just as many members attended as

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REGION REPORTS was customary in prior years. The decline in willingness to stand for election apparently did not reflect members’ enthusiasm for greeting candidates and networking. As the accompanying photos demonstrate, Region C members should ensure their attendance at the next regional event since smiles proliferate!


Central Valley: Chico, Kern, Fresno, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus; Sierra Foothills: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne CONTACTS

Regional Director Christina Wong, LCSW Alternate Director North Tracy Kelly Alternate Director South Charleen Bright Financial Chair Laurie Pence Chico Unit Chair Christina Wong, LCSW Fresno Unit Chair Anthony Yrigollen Kern Unit Co-chair Evelyn Eterno Northern Gateway Tom Wright Sierra Foothills Chair Andrea Hayes Stanislaus Chair Anne Danhoff


San Diego, Imperial CONTACTS

Director Jen Henry, MSW Alternate Director Paul Provencio


San Bernardino/Riverside, Orange County, Palm Desert CONTACTS

Director Cameron Galford, LCSW, BCD Alternate Director John Forand, MSW

Palm Springs Unit Chair Ed Walsh, MSW Inland Empire Unit Chair Julie Griffin, MSW Orange County Unit Chair Leslie Wind, PhD, LCSW

Region F Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit Report By Susann Adams

Start off the New Year by joining your local chapter of NASW! All social workers in Coachella Valley are welcome to join us the first Thursday of each month at our unit meetings that include a free CEU presentation. We will start 2011 with three inspiring presentations: the Family 2 Family Initiative, Challenges in Hospital Social Work, and Social Work and Advocacy at NASWCA Lobby Days. We have CEU presentations scheduled through June with our first presentation of the New Year slated for Thursday, January 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Atria Assisted Living Facility located at 44300 San Pascual at Catalina Way in Palm Desert. After a brief business meeting, we are pleased to have a presentation by Vicki Neugebauer, LMFT, program manager, from the Riverside County Office of Aging on the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program. After the presentation, there is time for networking and socializing. Enjoy dessert and win a door prize with other social workers in your community. For more information on our local unit, contact Unit Chair Ed Walsh, MSW, at (760) 831-2959 or


San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara County CONTACTS

Director Dora Saenz-Belden, MSW Alternate Director North Janess Broderick Alternate Director South Cynthia Aranda-Lechuga Santa Barbara Unit Debbie Allen, LCSW San Fernando Valley Unit Rina Levi Shroyer, LCSW

(818) 366-6950 San Fernando Valley Unit Advisor Joni Diamond Ventura County Unit Linda Lipscomb

San Fernando Valley Unit Report By Joni Diamond

Greetings social workers! We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and we want to wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year! Join us as we welcome 2011 together and celebrate with a wine/cheese fondue/chocolate fondue and other scrumptious delicacies! The social and networking event will be held Sunday, January 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Joni Diamond’s home in Granada Hills. Refreshments are provided by the SFVLU. Please bring a $10-value wrapped “brand new gift that you are regifting” for our “white elephant gift exchange.” A brief meeting will take place to update everyone on future activities. Space is limited to the first 50 members who RSVP! Save the date! Join us on February 25 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills for a dynamic workshop on, “Bullying throughout Society and Our Lifecycle: Its Impact and Coping.” Dynamic speakers include Tracy Webb, senior trial deputy in charge of cyber crime and child abuse prevention, and additional featured guest presenters. We invite all of you to get involved with the San Fernando Valley Local Unit to plan functions, network, and socialize with colleagues. For more information, contact: Rina Levi Shroyer, LCSW, SFVLU chair, at or (818) 366-6950 or Joni Diamond, LCSW, SFVLU adviser, at jonidiamond@prodigy. net or (818) 818-832-9941.

Ventura County Unit Report By Linda Lipscomb, unit chair

Happy New Year to all of our colleagues in Ventura County. Come out and meet with us on Monday, January 18 at China Dynasty on Johnson in Ventura. We will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the private back room where we can eat and make plans for our unit in the coming year. We invite those who wish to participate in leadership in our unit, as well as input from our membership at large. We look forward to seeing you!


West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

Director Tracy Greene Mintz Regional Financial Chair W. Toby Hur, MSW Region H Report Two California LCSWs, Tracy Greene Mintz, owner of Senior Care Training in Redondo Beach, and Peggy Main of Venice, have been selected to join a national task force to clarify and improve resident assessment in skilled nursing facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently initiated its MDS 3.0, a standardized assessment tool used in long-term care and subacute facilities across the U.S. After conducting MDS training this summer, the pair provided feedback from the field to CMS, who identified the social service consultants as qualified experts in the psychosocial


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REGION REPORTS aspects of resident assessment. Mood and behavior problems among nursing home residents are generally considered to be the milieu of the social service department, yet not all facilities are required to use degreed social workers. “MDS 3.0 asks intense questions about how a resident feels,” says Main, “but does little to direct staff toward appropriate interventions.” For example, residents are asked if they are bothered by thoughts of harming themselves. “Our goal,” says Greene Mintz, “is to educate and empower nursing home staff to know what to do if the resident answers ‘yes’.” Social service consultation, the pair maintain, is best delivered by LCSWs who bring clinical expertise to the everyday functions of social service staff, including assessment and behavioral interventions. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to promote quality social work practice in nursing homes and to influence national standards of care,” Main adds. The task force, which includes Pioneer Network, national champion of culture change in nursing homes, American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators and Presbyterian Homes, a national nonprofit chain of facilities, will provide expanded training next year.

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Peggy Main and Tracy Green Mintz.


San Gabriel Valley, East LA, and South Bay – Long Beach CONTACTS

Director Carol Marcussen Alternate Director Heather Halpern Long Beach/South Unit Chair Paul McDonough Visit cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=125

Family Resource Specialist First 5 Center in Antioch, California (Brighter Beginnings) is seeking a recent MSW graduate to facilitate access to community resources for families with children ages 0 to 5. To serve our client population, skills in speaking Spanish are required. Key duties: assessing needs of families and children from diverse cultural backgrounds utilizing appropriate methods and tools and connecting families with available community resources. Expanding current programs and initiate parent peer support groups at Center, focusing on empowerment. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Rita Casey; rcasey@ Live—Work—Play in the Wine Country LCSW: The Sonoma County Indian Health Project (SCIHP), established in 1971, is a modern ambulatory health center offering high quality health care to the American Indian communities of Sonoma County health in accordance with P.L. 93-638 Indian Preference given to qualified American Indian applicants. SCIHP offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package with paid time off, health and dental plans, Life and 401k, reimbursement for CMEs. Send resumes to or fax (707) 521-4654. Filing deadline: Open until filled. See our web site at

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