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May 2013 • Volume 39, Number 8

Pathways to Wellness


ellness. It’s essential to living a full and productive life. We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies that prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy. May is Mental Health Month. Pathways to Wellness—this year’s theme—calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is that our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, spiritual and mental health.

Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. Whatever our situation, we are all at risk of stress given the demands of daily life and the challenges it brings—at home, at work and in life. Steps that build and maintain well-being and help us achieve wellness involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community.

These steps should be complemented by taking stock of one’s well-being through regular mental health checkups. Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s also a good idea to take a periodic reading of our emotional well-being. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically includes a series of questions about lifestyle, diet and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn’t necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools that you can use. While conditions like depression are common—roughly one in five Americans has a mental health condition—they are extremely treatable. Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. Using strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health and prevent mental health and substance use conditions leads to improved general health and a healthier society: greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and families that stay together. / Source: Mental Health America. More information can be found at

In This Issue Online Classes....................................... 2

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Membership Update............................... 9

Around the State.................................. 15

BBS Highlights....................................... 4

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oday we are overwhelmed with tragic events performed by people with serious mental illness. On January 8, 2011, in Tuscon, Arizona, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were attacked by a lone gunman. Six people lost their lives. On July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, another shooting occurred at a movie theater. Again 12 innocent lives were taken and many people were wounded. On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 innocent children and six adults were shot and killed by a young man, who later took his own life. While only 3 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by someone with a serious mental illness, we don’t want to overlook the importance of recognizing those suffering with mental illness and working with their families to help them

seek early treatment. Perhaps if the family members of the perpetrators of these horrible crimes had sought help for these young men, these tragedies would not have occurred. Social workers are the largest group of clinically trained mental health providers in the United States. Newhill and Korr, 2004 said the following: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2006) are committed to enhance the well-being of those living with a mental health condition. They work with clients and their family members toward increased access to appropriate services and interventions. NASW, our professional organization, advocates for legislative action to improve the quality of care, access, reimbursement, research and education in mental health. /

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Love of the Profession By Janlee Wong, MSW


recently attended NASW’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC where several hundred of NASW’s top leaders from around the country gathered to engage in education and advocacy for our proud profession and to honor our best social workers and friends of social workers. We conducted well over 100 office visits to members of Congress to speak about the need for the Social Work Reinvestment Act (HR 1466). We also spoke about the need to safeguard the privilege of voting through the Voter Empowerment Act (HR 12 and S 123) and to join the newly formed Congressional Social Work Caucus. We learned how our Code of Ethics is virtually challenged by today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly changing technology and social media. Dr. Frederick Reamer explained that the digital age is about how people communicate. Is our Code of Ethics adequate for the new ways of how people communicate with technology? How does a social worker practice in the age of open and exposed digital communication? Dr. Stein provided us with lessons of psychology and successful business leadership using “emotional intelligence.” He posited that emotional intelligence is more likely to inspire great leadership than intellectual intelligence. His three prin-

By Janlee Wong ciples of being aware of, managing and focusing emotional intelligence provided me with a parallel with social work education. We are all drawn to social work by our passion. Social work education helps us manage it and focus it.  Thus, we transform into professional social workers. We had a wonderful national awards ceremony with Social Worker of the Year Karon Konner who helped establish one of the country’s foremost disaster teams. Lifetime Achievement Awardee Raymond Scurfield’s work ranged from a critical Vietnam-era PTSD study to establishing a post-Katrina counseling center.  Judge Jeffery Ford was so out of the box in helping substance using defendants rehabilitate, he was at one time voted “worst” judge of Champaign County, Illinois.  Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Texas showed us you can do great work promoting Medicare and social justice in a deeply red state. Finally, one of our great leaders, outgoing National CEO Betsy Clark was honored by five national NASW presidents as one of the most transformative social work leaders for her 12 years of service to NASW. What better demonstration of the passion of social work managed and focused for the benefit of our country and our profession. /

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Explaining the Unexplainable

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he tragedy in Boston prompts the same question we always ask after a horrific incident: Why? As we learn more, the questions keep coming. First, they’re Muslim, so let’s find out from an Iman at a local mosque, why would Muslims do this. Second, they’re Chechen from Russia, so let’s ask Slavic Americans why would Chechens do this. Finally, we come to the realization, they’re Americans and we ask why would Americans do this. Sometimes there are no answers. Social workers take a psychosocial approach and look at the person in the environment. But in the end, we can’t explain why people do these kinds of things. We can only hope to work in schools, communities, with families and children to prevent such a thing from happening again, if we can. We are such an open and free society that we embrace all and sometimes those we embrace attack us. I hope we take a page from how we respond to our most tragic events in your history. After 9/11, my family and I took a trip to New York City to visit a huge hole of debris where the World Trade Towers once stood. In the midst of total devastation, I asked myself how we, as a society, can turn from a path of violence to one of peace. I felt the very same way when I visited the Hiroshima atomic bombing site in Japan. I urge everyone to take time to visit a site that has some meaning and ask the same question I asked. Unfortunately, there are many sites of unexplainable violence, so one doesn’t have to travel far. The longer road is to reach that goal of peace in our world. /

CORRECTION In our April 2013 issue of California News, on page 15, we mistakenly included information that indicated that LCSW exam applications were taking 104 to 134 weeks to process from the Board of Behavioral Services. The BBS is currently working on applications received November, 2012. Also on page 18 of the April issue, in the article entitled “Central Valley Unit Partners to Host Conference at CSU Stanislaus,” we incorrectly indicated that the Family Acceptance Project was at San Jose State University. It is housed at San Francisco State University. We regret any inconvenience this has caused.

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SOCIAL WORK EXAM PR E P THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences

Theories/Lead Figures

Extended Family Systems:

Main Idea (Primary Concepts) Extends family systems beyond nuclear family – multigenerational.

• Virginia Satir • Carl Whitaker

Structural Family Therapy: • Salvador Minuchin

Strategic Family Therapy: • Haley • MRI • Madanes

Narrative Therapy (Post-Modern): • Michael White • David Epson

Current and extended family therapy. Long/short term.

• Murray Bowen

Experiential/ Communication:

Unit of Focus/ Length of Treatment

Primary concept is self-esteem – an innate drive either fostered or not fostered as a result of the communication and early experiences a child receives from his/her parents.


Directive, change-oriented therapy, concerned with symptoms in terms of family system dynamics – assumption that if you change the organization or structure of the family, then the family’s symptoms will be alleviated.

Nuclear family only.

Three main models: MRI, Haley and Madanes, the Milan Model. Relationships are characterized by a struggle for power to see who will define or redefine relationship.

Participants in the problem.

Focus on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural and political contexts. Externalize problem. Deconstruct story. Create new story.

Individuals, couples, families and groups.

Long term/short term.

Short/brief term.

Short/brief term.

No time line. Depends on clients and process of retelling story.

Therapist’s Role

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Process of Change/Insight

View of Maladaptive Behavior

Interventions Stages of Treatment


Differentiation of self and fusion, emotional triangle, nuclear family emotional system, emotional cutoff, sibling position, family projection process, multigenerational transmission process, genogram, family ego mass, society emotional process.

De-triangulated coaching. Supervisor.

Insight gained through rationale/cognitive processes leading to differentiation and understanding of family of origin.

Behavioral disorders are the result of a multigenerational transmission process in which progressively lower levels of differentiation are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Beginning: Evaluation, trans-generational exploration, identification of individualized member. Early/Middle: Teach differentiation, individuation. genogram, therapy triangle, relationship experiments, coaching and “I” statements. End: Reporting back. Closure.

Reduce the level of anxiety and alleviate symptoms. Self-differentiation within the context of the family.

Self-esteem, self, primary triad, mind, soul, body triad, maturation, seed model, threat and reward model, placating, blaming, computing, distracting. leveling, rescue games, coalition games, lethal games, growth games, sculpting, family reconstruction, labeling assets.

Active facilitator of communication and growth. Promotes spontaneity, creativity, autonomy and ability to play. Coaches and teaches.

Family possesses all resources needed for growth. Looks for suppressed feelings and emotions that block growth & fulfillment. Experiential awareness important for growth.

Dysfunctional behaviors are conceptualized as resulting from failure to fulfill one’s potential for personal growth.

Beginning: Assessment: family history/key relationship issues. Develop relationship and establish goals. Early/Middle: Treatment focuses on growth: sculpting, family reconstruction, teaching and modeling effective communication, use of metaphors, use of drama, role play, therapist use of self, art therapy, “I value you” statements, labeling. End: Provide closure.

Raise selfesteem, improve communication, growth, identify family roles and how they promote symptoms.

Family structure, subsystems, boundaries/degree of permeability, diffuse boundaries and enmeshment, rigid boundaries and disengagement, alignments, triangle, power, coalition, joining, mimesis, tracking, enactment, re-framing, unbalancing.

Active director of therapy. Promoter of change in family structure.

Behavioral change is based on action – action precedes understanding.

Individual symptomology or family dysfunction are viewed as the result of an inflexible family structure that prohibits the family from adapting.

Beginning: Acceptance of therapist by family. Evaluate/assessment. accommodating, mimicking, joining, mapping, challenging the symptom. Early/Middle: Enactment, reframing, unbalancing, redirection. Challenge the family structure. End: Review progress made. Reinforce structure and reorganization and provide tools for the future. Setting up referrals or groups.

Primary long-term goal is to “restructure” the family.

Circular questioning, neutrality, hypothesizing, complementary, double bind concept, first order change, metacommunication, paradoxical communications/ prescription, positive connotation, prescribing the system, relabeling, second order change, symmetrical.

Active, take-charge role. Power based.

Focus of therapy is on alleviating current symptoms through altering a family’s transactions and organization. Insight considered counterproductive as it increases resistance.

Focus on how communication is used to increase one’s control in a relationship. Symptom is interpersonal rather than intrapsychic. Struggles for control become pathological when control issues produce symptomatic behavior.

Beginning: Identify the problem. Plan a strategy for change. Four Stages: Social stage, problem stage, interaction stage, goal setting. Early/Middle: Direct interventions/straight directives/assignments/tasks. Paradoxical directives to change dysfunctional behavior. Circular questioning, neutrality, hypothesizing. Address power struggles within family. Relabel dysfunctional behavior. End: Terminate. Presenting problem solved.

Change occurs through actionoriented directives and paradoxical interventions.

Life stories, externalizing, who is in charge, reading between the lines, reauthoring the whole story, reinforcing the new story, de-constructing dominant cultural discourses.

Collaborative listener/ investigator reporter. Strong interest in client’s story. Uses questions.

Change and insight occur when a person’s story helps him to regain his life from a problem in the end. Process of uncovering key values, strengths and skills that lead to an alternate direction in life.

There is no one objective “truth” and there are multiple interpretations of any event. People are not their problems and can develop alternative empowering stories once they are separated from their problems.

Beginning: Assessment. Externalizing – Client tells their problem-saturated story. Therapist asks questions/encourages clients to ask questions. Early/Middle: Externalizing – the person is not the problem. Mapping the influence – problem’s effects rather than causes. Determine how problem disrupts/dominates family? Discuss examples of unique outcomes when clients could overcome problem. Reauthoring the story. Reinforcing the new story. Deconstruction. End: Document and support new story. Make referrals.

Reauthoring the whole story.

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Government Relations Update By Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs

Lobby Days Report and Legislative Update Thank you to everyone who attended or otherwise supported this year’s Lobby Days event! For those of you who may be counting, this was our 25th annual Legislative Lobby Days! As usual, we prepared our Lobby Days teams for two days before the day we all descended on the Capitol to lobby the following measures: AB 252 (Yamada and Eggman) Title Protection for Social Workers Requires anyone using the title “social worker” to possess a social work degree from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Status: Passed out of Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee 11-1. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations Committee. AB 663 (Gomez) LGBT Training for Administrators at Residential Facilities This bill would require five hours of training in cultural competency and sensitivity in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minority issues to address the special needs of elderly LGBT adults in residential facilities. Status: Passed out of Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee 5-2. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations Committee. SB 61 (Yee) Limiting Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities Provides that solitary confinement shall only be used if a minor poses an immediate and substantial risk of harm to others or to the security of the facility, and other less restrictive options have been exhausted. Also provides that clinical staff shall review minors or wards regularly to ensure that their physical and mental health is not endangered. Status: Passed out of Assembly Public Safety Committee. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations. Legislative Update Besides our Lobby Days bills, our legislative committee has met and we chose the bills we will support and oppose this year. So far we are following 116 bills. Here is a small sample of those measures: AB 4 (Ammiano) State Government: Federal Immigration Policy Enforcement Sets state policy that prohibits local officials

from detaining an individual on an immigration hold after that person becomes eligible for release from criminal custody unless the person has a serious or violent conviction. Status: Passed out of Assembly Public Safety Committee. On the Assembly Floor. AB 5 (Ammiano) Homelessness Enacts the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act to provide that no person’s rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged because he or she is homeless, has a low income, or suffers from mental illness or physical disability. Status: Passed out of Assembly Judiciary Committee. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations Committee. AB 174 (Bonta) Public School Health Centers This bill would create a grant program to fund school-based mental health services for children and adolescents impacted by violence and trauma. Status: Passed out of Assembly Health Committee. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations Committee. AB 218 (Dickinson) Employment Applications: Criminal History Would prohibit a state or local agency from asking an applicant to disclose information regarding a criminal conviction on an initial employment application until after the applicant’s qualifications for the position have been determined to meet the requirements for the position. Status: Passed out of Assembly Judiciary Committee. Awaiting a hearing in Appropriations Committee. AB 261 (Chesbro) Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Fees and Charges Would prohibit a residential care facility for the elderly from requiring advance notice for termination of an admission agreement upon the death of the resident since a death cannot be predicted in advance. Status: Passed out of the Assembly. Awaiting a committee assignment in the Senate. AB 402 (Ammiano) Disability Income Insurance: Mental Illness This bill would require that every policy of disability income insurance that is issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1,

2014, and that provides disability income benefits to provide coverage for disability caused by severe mental illness. Status: Passed out of Assembly Insurance Committee. On the Assembly Floor. AB 602 (Yamada) Mentally and Developmentally Disabled Persons Would require a training course for law enforcement to be developed by July 1, 2015, to train officers on their interactions with the mentally disabled or developmentally disabled. Also imposes additional requirements on mandated reporters in state mental hospitals and state developmental centers. Status: Passed out of Assembly Public Safety. In Assembly Appropriations Committee. SB 177 (Liu) Homeless Youth Education Success Act This bill would require a homeless child or youth to be immediately deemed to meet the residency requirement for participation in interscholastic sports or other extracurricular activities. This bill would also require public schools and county offices of education to immediately enroll a homeless child or youth seeking enrollment. Status: Passed out of Senate Education and Human Services committees. In Assembly Appropriations Committee. SB 283 (Hancock) CalWORKs and CalFresh Eligibility Would authorize CalWORKs benefits to be paid to an otherwise eligible individual who has a felony drug conviction. Status: Passed out of Senate Human Services Committee. In Assembly Appropriations. SB 391 (DeSaulnier) California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013 This bill would impose a fee on the recording of certain real estate transactions to provide a fund for the support of affordable housing. Status: Passed out of Policy Committees. In Assembly Appropriations. SB 544 (DeSaulnier) Violence Prevention Creates the California Violence Prevention Authority within the Department of Justice. This authority would be given duties and responsibilities related to the prevention of violence, including developing a statewide violence prevention plan and coordinating statewide violence prevention efforts. Status: Passed out of Policy Committees. In Assembly Appropriations. / Visit to see the language of these bills and to check on their status.

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The Importance of Self-Care By Tera Stefani, Membership and Communications Director


arch was Social Work Month. April held Lobby Days. Now May is upon us—spring, a period known for rebirth and rejuvenation, is in full bloom. I have to be honest, with all the flurry of activities in the last two months, I am tuckered! Personally and professionally, I ask myself, “Do I take a much-deserved break or should I ride the momentum of the truly inspirational activities of the last two months?” The answer: both! As individuals, we all wear many hats and hold many responsibilities. That is why it is so important to check in with oneself, to make sure to refill what we, as social workers, so naturally want to give away to others. With the high potential for compassion fatigue or just general professional burnout due to the stressful and emotionally taxing roles that social workers often play, it is essential that we are mindful of our own needs. In doing so, we will be rejuvenated and better able to serve others. When I consider self-care, I also consider if it is an all or nothing type of thing. As professionals, we all understand the finite nature of resources, and that time and energy are two of our greatest resources. Since there is only so much time and we have only so much energy, when considering self-care and service to others, is it an either/or sort of thing? So I was sitting in a meeting and our chapter’s accountant passed me a communication, sent to the chapter, by the city of Sacramento. Sacramento has declared May “Bike to Work Month.” After giving our accountant a good ribbing for implying I needed to exercise more (he didn’t really, but I couldn’t resist giving him a good ribbing), I put the flyer up on the office fridge and thought, “Maybe I’ll try to do that.” After thinking about it a bit more, it seemed the obvious resolution to my earlier conundrum of self-care versus community service. So simple, choose an activity that not only soothes my soul, but also helps my community. The letter and flyer spoke about encouraging those living and working in the metropolitan area to use bicycles for getting to work, errands, etc., and how this will benefit the environment and the community by less traffic, smog, congestion and noise pollution. The chapter office is located in Midtown and I live in a bordering neighborhood. Considering my proximity, I have always threatened to bike to work. For some reason or another, I have always seemed to find an excuse not to. For some, maybe this seems a bit overly simplistic. But I ask, isn’t that how great things start? So, for May, I pledge to ride my bike to work every day (that it’s not raining or I have to travel several hundred miles to attend an event). I will post my progress on the chapter Facebook page ( In turn, I challenge you. Share with me and others, via the chapter Facebook page, what you are doing for your self-care and community service combination. Post a picture or just share a post. Whoever’s post earns the most likes by the end of the month will receive a prize. Just think, maybe, just maybe, something that one of us posts just might be the catalyst for the next great social movement…You never know.


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2013 Mini-Conference: “Social Work in the Modern Age” The Effects of the By Rachel Gardner Americans with Disabilities he New Professional’s Network (NPN) of Greater Los Angeles hosted its third Act Amendments Act annual mini-conference in collaboration with the California State University, of 2008 on People with Northridge, Department of Social Work, and received sponsorship from NASW Regions F, H, I and the OC Unit on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Attendance included Mental Illness


more than 100 registered guests that represented a mix of student, fresh graduate and experienced professional social workers from across California, as far south as San Diego and north as Eureka. Mary Kay Oliveri, LCSW, delivered the keynote address where she provided an overview of the trends in social work practice, the evolution of the profession, as well as a summary of AB 252 Social Work Title Protection. Additionally, guests were immersed in workshops focusing on a variety of micro/macro practice areas, including: • Incorporating Social Media in Case Management • Best Practices for Working with the LGBTQI Population • Incident Ready: Crisis Response in School Communities • DSM-5, Changes and Clinical Applications Made Easy • Lonely Are the Brave (a forensic workshop) • An Overview of the Licensing Process • Ready for the Hunt? Job Search Strategies and Tips • Preparing for the California LCSW Exam This year’s mini-conference captured some of the many emerging transformations that reflect an ever adapting and revolutionary political and social climate within our communities. Speaking of the mini-conference, one guest stated, “the NASW-NPN conference was amazing! I met a lot of cool people and learned a few new things.” To learn more about the New Professional’s Network of Los Angeles, a volunteer committee consisting of social workers with varying interests and degrees of experience that organizes events focused on promoting the development of both students and budding professionals, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/naswca.npn or contact us at

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n 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was passed to “restore the intent and protections of” the ADA. Although there is little empirical evidence regarding the effects of the ADAAA on the protection of people with mental illness, positive effects can be expected. The most obvious impact of the ADAAA on the protection of people with mental illness is that it significantly expands the class of people considered to have a mental disability. For example, prior to the ADAAA, courts generally ruled that people who could ameliorate the impact of an impairment by means of mitigating measures were not disabled. However, the ADAAA now prohibits the courts from considering “the ameliorative effects of militating measures” when assessing whether an impairment substantially limits a person’s major life activity. Mental disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia, can be ameliorated through medication. This change likely means that many more people with mental illness will now be qualified as disabled under the ADA. Despite the positive changes, there remain issues and negative effects of the policy, including the possibility of the policy benefiting people with physical disabilities significantly more than those with mental disabilities and further increasing racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health and legal services. It is important for social workers to continue to monitor the implementation of the ADAAA and evaluate its effects on the target population. / Vladimir Melkumyan is an MSW student at CSU Long Beach. He can be reached at


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Wong, Slaughter and Kelly Honored for Their Efforts Dr. Marleen Wong Receives 2013 George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Services by a Social Worker Dr. Marleen Wong has developed mental health recovery programs and crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel and Asia. As director of Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), she developed a program using group intervention to address symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety among children traumatized by violence, bullying and trauma. Wong served on the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine (10M) Committee on Responding to the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism. She completed a three-year term on the 10M Board of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, assessing national priorities and approaches to public health and medical practice, public policy, research, education and training. She frequently consults with schools impacted by violence, shootings, terrorism and natural disasters. She has been called upon to share her expertise in response to major crises, from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the Columbine school shootings to the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles and the sniper shootings in Washington, DC. Internationally, Wong has advised teachers, schools and government officials about the effects on school children, as well as on adults, from the devastating earthquakes in Kobe, Japan, and the Sichaun Province in China. She is recognized by the White House as one of the “pre-eminent experts in school crisis and recovery.” The Wall Street Journal has identified her as the “architect of school-safety programs.” Wong’s contributions to social welfare have been widely recognized. Her awards include the first Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission’s Personal Legacy Award for national and international work on behalf of children’s mental health; a Caregiver’s Program Award from Johnson & Johnson; the Woman of Distinction Award from the Los Angeles City Council and the International Soroptomists; and a Special Service Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition to her work at USC, Wong serves on the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents and as director and principal investigator for the USC/ LAUSD/ RAND/UCLA Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope and Wellness in Schools. Her many publications include Earthquake and Safe Schools Training: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Compendium of Exemplary Programs; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing in Schools, the Sanford Model: National School Safety Center Update. Dr. Marleen Wong is associate dean of field education and clinical professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. She received her MSW from USC in 1971 and her PhD from the Sanville Institute in 2005.

California Social Welfare Archive 2013 awardees on April 4, 2013 at USC. Left to right: Dr. Marleen Wong, Ruth Slaughter, Dr. James Kelly.

Ruth Slaughter receives 2013 George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Welfare Recognized as a pioneer in the development of programs and services for victims of domestic violence, Ruth Slaughter is currently a mentoring consultant to nonprofit leaders. She has worked as a founding member, past president and vice president, Southern California Coalition on Battered Women; founding member and chair of the Employment Management Team; a representative for Southern California Coalition on Battered Women, to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and past vice chair, Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. Slaughter holds the distinction of researching and writing the first successful grant for a government funded Domestic Violence Program. In addition, she is the former vice-president for Community Outreach, Prevention and Education Programs at PROTOTYPES, a Culver City–based organization providing holistic domestic violence and HIV/AIDS related services for women, youth and families. The programs in her division included HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, re-entry for women and youth, domestic violence, including a domestic violence shelter, and training and technical assistance. Before joining PROTOTYPES, Slaughter spent a number of years in community organizing to increase services to hard-to-­reach populations. Slaughter has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Legacy Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence; an Award of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority recognizing her contributions to improvement of the lives of public housing residents; and the Legacy Award from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community (IDVAAC). She was also presented with the Sabbatical Award for Community Leadership from the Durfee Foundation; the 1st Vision Award for leadership in Domestic Violence from the California Department of Health Services; and the Pioneer Award from Southern California Coalition on Battered Women. Her published works include Domestic Violence Program Handbook, (1985) Los Angeles County Department of Commu-

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nity and Senior Citizens Services; Domestic Violence: Is It Happening to You? (1993) newsletter of Women Being Alive.

Dr. James Kelly receives the 2013 Frances Lomas Feldman Award for Excellence in Education James J. Kelly is the president of Menlo College, Immediate Past President, National Association of Social Workers and Former President, California Institute of Mental Health. He earned his PhD from the Heller School for Social Welfare at Brandeis University (MA), his MSSW from the University of Tennessee, and his BS from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Over his career, Kelly was the director of the California State University, Long Beach Department of Social Work and later the dean of Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles. A professor for 20 years, he taught social work courses at California State University, Long Beach, San Diego State University and the University of Hawaii. He was a pioneer in distance education, having used technology to help establish master’s programs for California State University campuses in Chico, Humboldt, Hayward and Bakersfield. Additionally, he was the consultant to Loma Linda University in the development of its graduate social work program. Kelly is considered an expert in new program development. He served as interim provost of California State University, East Bay while concurrently acting as the associate vice president for continuing and international education. As associate vice president, he oversaw a domestic executive MBA program as well as international MBA programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Moscow, Beijing, Vienna and Graz, Austria, as well as a CPA program in Japan. In his role as president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) from 2008 to 2011, a 150,000-member professional organization, he sat on the board of directors of Assurance Services Insurance, a $55-million insurance company developed during his tenure as NASW president. Kelly served as the executive vice president and provost of Menlo College from 2007 to 2011 at which time he became the president of the College. Recent publication co-editorships include with Patricia Brownell, Employment and Older Adults: Ageism and Abuse in the Workplace, 2013; with Theresa J. Kaijage, “The Heart of Justice: Social Work Innovation in Africa” and with Ray Berger, “The Heart of Justice: Social Work Innovations in Israel” in Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, Winter and Autumn respectively. Kelly is on the editorial advisory board for The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. /

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Jim Kelly’s Huge Contributions to Social Work By Janlee Wong, MSW


am one of Jim Kelly’s greatest fans, but his accomplishments are too numerous to list. So I’ll just describe some of them. Jim was a contributor to the graduation of the majority of social workers in California at public schools in the last two decades. Some see Ernest Witte, founder of the first five social work schools in the CSU system nearly 50 years ago, as the grandfather of public social work education in California. Jim is certainly the prodigal son. Everywhere Jim went, social work began big. At Long Beach, he pioneered probably the largest public school social work program in Los Angeles. At Cal State Los Angeles, he broke a decades-long logjam, set up an MSW program and added a special flourish making it a joint endeavor with criminal justice and forensic social work. At CSU East Bay, formerly known as Hayward, he established the first CSU program and the second public program in the East Bay. It has blossomed into the most diverse social work program in the Bay Area. Along the way, Jim, otherwise known as the Johnny Appleseed of social work education, seeded many MSW programs either through distance education or consultation. These include Chico, Humboldt, Bakersfield, Stanislaus, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, Monterey, San Marcos, APU, as well as efforts at SLO and Sonoma. Jim was one of the founders of the California Social Work Education Center or CalSWEC, the biggest and best collaborative/consortiums in the U.S. centered around a local government and social work education for the public social services. He honed his diplomatic and political skills with his selfless contribution back to the profession serving as California chapter and national president of NASW. Given Jim’s adept skills at navigating the diversity and politics of California, he should be nominated to be the next Secretary General of the UN. He would probably start where the client is, learn Farsi and Korean and bring peace to the world. Along the way, Jim never forgot the personal and relationship side of social work. He has the uncanny intellect to not only remember who you are, but what you did, especially if you’ve done good things in social work. While Jim seems a little shy about recognition, he isn’t shy about recognizing others. He is a co-founder of the California Social Welfare Archives California Social Work Hall of Distinction, which definitively answers the question, Can you name a great California social worker? Social work is a mission and, if done right, accomplishes great things. Jim’s mission was and is to bring social work to all. He’s done this through education, the keystone to human progress and advancement. I’m a big fan of Jim’s, but there isn’t enough fanfare to herald all of his achievements. Congratulations Jim on receiving the 2013 Frances Lomas Feldman Award for Excellence in Education. /

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Social Work Hall of Distinction By Katie Mochalski


he California Social Work Hall of Distinction Committee has announced the social work leaders selected for induction to the Hall in 2013. After receiving an extensive and remarkable array of nominations, the committee has determined they will induct six social workers this year—two posthumously. The extraordinary group includes: Sai-Ling Chan-Sew, Ismael (Andy) Dieppa, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Joe Solis, Judith Wallerstein and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada. This distinguished group will be recognized at an induction ceremony and reception on the afternoon of October 5, 2013 at the Oakland Marriott Hotel, Oakland, California. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the NASW-CA Annual Conference. Everyone is welcomed to attend and invited to place a tribute message in the commemorative program. Please email to request an invitation. NASW-CA Annual Conference participants can make reserva-

tions during their online registration. Since its inception in 2002, the mission of the California Social Work Hall of Distinction is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the social work profession and/or social work practice in California. CSU Los Angeles’ Dr. Colleen Friend chairs the committee which is comprised of social work leaders from universities and social work organizations throughout the state. The California Social Work Hall of Distinction operates as a committee of 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 some of the most historically significant documents in the development of social welfare in the state. Find out more information and to view a video of recent induction events, please visit and /


Florabel Kinsler


s. Florabel Kinsler, 83, died Jan. 26, 2013 of congestive heart failure in Santa Monica. Ms. Kinsler was a long-time member of NASW and developed a specialization working with Holocaust survivors. She received her MSW from UCLA and worked with a number of agencies in the Los Angeles area, including the Jewish Family Service and the American Jewish University. Her experience with postwar and Holocaust survivors let her to promote openness and expression of traumatic experiences in individual and group settings. Ms. Kinsler became an expert trainer and participated in workshops and conferences on how to work with survivors with traumatic stress. According to her son, Warren, the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC has requested her papers for its collection. /

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Chapter President Shirley Gentilini, past National Presidents Sue Dworak Peck and Dr. James Kelly on April 4, 2013 at USC.

Kim Madsen, Executive Officer, BBS; Social Worker of the Year Christina Wong; and Dr. James Patrick Mace.

Janlee Wong, Region D Director Tracy Harrison, Dr. Celeste Jones and Dr. James Patrick Mace.

In front of Senator Leno’s office. Left to right: Tera Stefani, Sandra Bravo (CSU Bakersfield), Jovanni Holloway (CSU San Bernardino), Nicholas Nunez (CSU Long Beach), Meredith Concepcion (USC), Ashley Heine (UC Berkeley), Lara Zanzucchi (CSU East Bay), and Sonia Melara (SFSU Faculty)

Dr. Jean Schuldberg with Social Worker of the Year Christina Wong. Rebecca Gonzales, NASW-CA’s Director of Government Relations, with Sandra Fluke, the woman who was crucified by Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives over her appeal for the importance of insurance coverage for birth control.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees Dr. Celeste Jones to Dr. James Patrick Mace.

Dr. Sally Alonzo Bell and Olga Sarabia, LCSW, talk social work with Garfield High students.

Attention Future Social Workers By Susan Copple

California’s BSW and MSW students are the future social workers of California, and a valuable connection between the schools of social work and NASW-CA. As of March 1, 2013, student membership in California accounted for 15 percent or 1,597 of the 10,636 NASW members in California. NASW-CA’s mission is to promote, develop, and protect social workers and the social work profession, and NASWCA student liaisons at the schools of social work in California play a vital role in the maintaining and facilitating com-

munication and collaboration between California’s social work students and NASW-CA. There are NASW-CA student liaisons on the campuses of 23 schools of social work in California. NASW-CA student liaisons are undergraduate and graduate social work students who are interested in NASW issues and advocacy opportunities. Student liaisons volunteer as student leaders by receiving and publicizing important information related to NASW’s national chapter and NASW’s California chapter. Student liaisons share information with

their fellow students and the faculty at their schools of social work, ultimately enhancing their school’s communication with NASW-CA and involvement in the social work arena. If you are a current or future social work student interested in a student leadership position as a NASW-CA student liaison, please contact Susan Copple, student director south (MSW), at susycopple@, or Merris Obie, student director north (BSW), at mdr52@humboldt. edu for more information. /


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REGION REPORTS event entitled “Understanding Sex Addiction” presented by Jean Vattuone, MSW, LSCW, CSAT, and Tim Stein, MFT. Location: TBA.


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

Director Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD Assistant Director Marvin Gross


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

Central Coast Unit Lynne White Dixon, LCSW Silicon Valley Unit Chris Lum

Director Shelly Kalmer Assistant Director Mark Thoma, EdD, MSW Mendocino Unit Contact Nancy Nanna Sonoma Unit Chair Daniela Bravo

Alternate Director Amy Gregor San Luis Obispo Unit Ly-Lan M.V. Lofgren, MSW, LCSW

Carla Schwartz Humboldt Unit Chair Debbie Patton


Sonoma Unit Report

By Carla Schwarz, MSW, Sonoma unit co-chair

The Sonoma unit is pleased to announce that the unit is speeding up again. Daniela Bravo, MSW, Sonoma unit cochair, and myself have developed an online survey monkey to assess the needs of our Sonoma unit members. Please stay tuned for what we find. We also have many exciting CEU events scheduled. In April, our CEU event entitled “MSW to LCSW and Beyond” featured a panel discussion with the following participants: Christina Wong, LCSW, board member of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, who discussed the licensing process and recent changes to LCSW; Lynette Cromwell, MSW, CPRW, sole proprietor of Stand Out Résumé, who presented pointers on the job search process, resume writing, and interview tips; Sierra Dator, MSW, LCSW, private practice, who provided tips on how to market and establish your private practice; and our very own Tera Stefani, MSW, NASW-CA director of membership and communications, who presented networking ideas including how to perfect your elevator speech. We were so lucky to have such a wealth of experience visiting us in Sonoma unit. Thank you to all our panelists for your commitment to the social work profession and adherence to NASW Code of Ethics. Stay tuned for our May 15 CEU San Mateo Unit Suh-Liang Ou


Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano

Regional Director Natasha Paddock Assistant Director Rachelle Jackson Student Representatives University of California at Berkeley Nalleli Sandoval

Chico Unit Chair Christina Wong, LCSW Kern Unit Co-chair Evelyn Eterno Northern Gateway Susan Thompson Sierra Foothills Chair Andrea Hayes Stanislaus Chair Kathy Sniffen, MSW

Central Valley Unit Report By Lupita Serrano

On March 1, the Central Valley unit partnered with the Community Advisory Board of the MSW program at CSU Stanislaus to present its first-ever conference: Critical Role of Families in Preventing Suicide and Other Risks and Promoting Well-being for LGTB Youth. It was such a successful and wonderful event. We reached nearly full capacity and had the pleasure of having Janlee Wong join us for this emotionally moving event. The officers of the Central Valley unit were especially appreciative of Dr. Caitlyn Ryan for coming to the Central Valley and presenting her research, while educating all those present on the importance of family acceptance within the LGBT community, as well as the risks associated with family rejection. Participants were able to learn new evidencebased family intervention approaches to support families and LGBT youth.  In May, the Central Valley unit will be providing legislative presentations in Calaveras and Merced Counties.  The Central Valley unit officers will offer information on this year’s Lobby Day bills. The three bills include AB 252, SB 61 and AB 663. We are looking forward to this event. If you have any questions, please contact Lupita or Lyzette, Co-Communications Officers at

California State University, East Bay Cara Fisher Ashley Carrion


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

Regional Director Tracy Kelly Harrison Alternate Director South Charleen Bright Financial Chair Laurie Pence

The Central Valley Unit leadership with NASW-CA Executive Director Janlee Wong (top right).

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San Diego, Imperial CONTACTS

Director Jennifer Tinsley, MSW Assistant Director Bera K. Sekhon, MSW


San Bernardino/Riverside, Orange County, Palm Desert CONTACTS

Director Cameron Galford, LCSW, BCD Assistant Directors John Forand, LCSW Leslie Wind, PhD, LCSW Palm Springs Unit Chair Peter Shorts, MSW High Desert Unit Chair Kimberly Cox, MSW, LCSW Inland Empire Unit Chair Julie Griffin, MSW Orange County Unit Chair Leslie Wind, PhD, LCSW

Victorville Unit Report

By Kimberly Cox, MSW, LCSW

Special thanks to those who donated last month! We received approximately 100 children’s books and stuffed animals to provide to our local agencies in honor of Social Work Month and Child Abuse Prevention. On May 20, we will have a presentation from Victor Community Support Services to inform our unit of their programs and referral process. Our meetings are held at Mimi’s Café at 12032 Amargosa Rd., Victorville, CA 92392. Please contact the Unit Chair Kimberly Cox at if you have any questions or would like to present at one of our future meetings. We look forward to seeing you on May20!

Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit By Peter Shorts

Please join us for our meeting on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Bistro Room at the Mirage Inn located at 72750 Country Club Drive in Rancho Mirage. Come enjoy networking with fellow social workers. For presentation information, contact Unit Chair Peter Shorts, MSW, at (760) 902-4961 or


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

Director Jerry Lawrie Assistant Director Debbie Allen Santa Barbara Unit Kimiko Kuroda, MSW San Fernando Valley Unit Co-Chairs Judith M. Harris, LCSW Ventura County Unit Maryellen Benedetto

Santa Barbara Unit The Santa Barbara unit celebrated Social Work Month with an awards dinner on March 5. Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider delivered a speech in celebration of social workers and our local social work heroes: Debbie Allen and Elizabeth Wolfson. Debbie’s 20 years of community and private practice have included inpatient psychiatric hospitals, intensive outpatient and day treatment programs, residential treatment and school based therapy. She has also spent the last decade teaching master’s level students in adjunct faculty and has held positions with the NASW on the national, state and local level. Her coordination of the Santa Barbara Social Workers listserv is just one of the many reasons her colleagues appreciate her generosity and kindness. Dr. Wolfson has been a practitioner, supervisor and program director responsible for the development and implementation of award-winning programs serving the community. She was responsible for the development of a program pairing Holocaust survivors with gang members to express their life narratives through the Portraits of Survival program. She was also an innovator of Santa Barbara Village; a membership organization supporting elders in their homes. Her energy and commitment to her profession are everywhere in evidence in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara unit members enjoyed gathering together with appreciation for each other and our heroes. The unit looks forward to more gatherings and celebrations this year and in the future. Join the NASW-CA Santa Barbara unit on Facebook! San Fernando Valley Unit Report By Judith M. Harris, LCSW Unit Chair

Greetings social workers! NASW SFVLU had a very successful “Social Work Month” Awards Celebration Reception on March 24, 2013 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel in North Hollywood, California. The event brought social workers from our unit and all around Southern California together to enjoy delicious appetizers and desserts, networking and celebrating with our accomplished “Social Work Month” award recipients. Jerry Lawrie,

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FACEBOOK LINKS Region G director, attended and helped our unit “host.” This year SFVLU honored USC School of Social Work Professor Heather E. Halperin, LCSW, with our “Lifetime Achiever in Social Work” Award, and CSUN School of Social Work Professor Jose Paez, LCSW, with our “Social Worker of the Year” Award. We were also privileged that our honorees, together, provided a stimulating presentation on the 2013 NASW theme for “Social Work Month,” “Weaving the Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.” Look for announcements in CalSwift, California News, on Facebook and LinkedIn about SFVLU’s upcoming “Planning Meetings,” and our next CEU event which we will be planning and to which we are looking forward: a presentation in collaboration with the LA area New Professionals Network; a day about “Self-Care.” Correction California News printed an incorrect Region G report in our April issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.


West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

Director Sarah Cummings Regional Alternative Director Jolene Hui

Region H Report

By Sarah Cummings

Region H hosted its annual Social Work Awards Dinner on March 21 at the Daily Grill in Santa Monica. It was a wonderful event attended by both current and past NASW leadership members, as well as social workers and students from Region H. We honored our Public Citizen of the Year Steven Yoda and Social Worker of the Year Valvincent Reyes. This year’s theme for NASW is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy” which I believe was definitely demonstrated by both our award recipients. It was a pleasure for Region H to present these two men for their outstanding dedication and achievements in promoting the social well-being of their clients. Next up for Region H will be our annual end of year networking event in June.  More details to come.  If you are interested in joining Region H and would like to attend and/or help plan events, please contact us at You can also follow us on Facebook under Region H NASW-CA at www. Left to right: 2013 Region H Social Worker of the Year Valvincent Reyes, LCSW, and Public Citizen of the Year Steven Yoda, on March 21, 2013 at the Daily Grill in Santa Monica. 


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

Director Paul McDonough Assistant Director Shammeer Sorrell Long Beach/South Unit Chair Dr. Brian Lam Visit cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=125

Long Beach Unit By Brian Lam

The Long Beach unit is committed to providing social work students and community members with state-of-theart information in social work practice as well as in the social work policy arena. Celebrating Social Work Month in March, the Long Beach unit launched Voices of Long Beach with a presentation on Pathways to Freedom, Community Correctional Re-entry Program. Staff at Harbor Area Halfway Houses presented their preliminary findings of their focus group study on the challenges encountered by female parolees in their effort to reintegrate to the mainstream society. Our unit is working with the Cambodian Association of America in Long Beach to assess the strengths and challenges of the Cambodian Community in the Long Beach area. Also in March, as part of the Journey in Social Work project, a group of interns provided meaningful presentation in working with project ACCEPTS, community-based mental health and supportive services to individuals struggling with and/or identifying as LGBTIQ. The Long Beach unit is recruiting new graduates to be part of their Journey in Social Work project. We are planning to invite graduates who work in the medical social work field to present their experiences in medical social work and to provide any updates on current issues in integrated health care. Our unit welcomes all social workers in the region, as well as recent graduates to participate in its activities. Please contact Dr. Brian Lam, unit chair at brian.lam@ or (562) 985-4625.

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Failing to Outrun the Sequester By Marilyn Montenegro Tracy is a 58-year-old woman who uses a walker and has been diagnosed with mental illness. She obtained her Section 8 certificate just before the sequester prohibited issuing new vouchers. Finding an accessible apartment has not been easy. Tracy revealed that she had bad credit as a result of identity theft. Tracy’s credit report indicated $600 in unpaid utility bills. Would we be able to repair her credit before the voucher expired? As staff was frantically researching options, Tracy quietly announced that she knew who had stolen her identity but that she would not do anything to “get her (cousin) in trouble.” Her cousin, a single mother, was struggling with poverty. It was because the cousin had “bad credit” that she was forced to use Tracy’s identity to turn on her utilities. What now? Should Tracy lose her Section 8 because of refusal to harm her cousin? Should the cousin “confess” to help Tracy get housing and risk jail time and placement of her children in foster care? Shouldn’t everyone be permitted to enjoy the benefits of heat and light as a human right, rather than a commodity sold for profit? How does a social worker act ethically in a system that values profit over basic human needs? How do we create a system that protects us all? / The Women’s Council addresses a variety of practice issues at its bimonthly meetings held in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information call (800) 538-2565, ext. 57 or email or mujerista@

Vol. 39, No. 8 NASW California News

May 2013

a social worker brought her back from cancer to the arms of a very special family. By convincing her not to give up, she brought a beautiful

personal care home, fourteen people were waiting for her

person back to life. She is Alycia Hughes, LMSW, a social

return. With counseling, practical services and by showing

worker at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who helps women cope with cancer — with everything from counseling to lodging to managing finances. According to Ivory Pete, one of her clients, Alycia is also an angel. Ms. Pete, facing cancer for the second time, “had already given up.” But Alycia had other plans. At Ms. Pete’s

her how much she was needed, Ms. Pete came back to her home and loved ones. In hospitals, in communities, help starts with a social worker. Tell us your story, or find a social worker, at


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Friday – Saturday October 4 – 5 , 2013 Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA

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NASW-CA May 2013 Newsletter

NASW-CA May 2013 Newsletter  

NASW-CA May 2013 Newsletter