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July/August 2013 • Volume 39, Number 10

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month By Tera Stefani, NASW-CA Director of Membership and Communications


he fourth of July recognizes the separation of our nation from the shackles of an unseen oppressor. Our young nation’s actions to distinguish ourselves as a sovereign nation were based upon a sense of powerlessness and the desire to take back that power. While most of us will be celebrating this day of independence with barbecues and fireworks, it is important to remember that, as mental health professionals, our liberation efforts are not finished. For those imprisoned by mental illness, we must continue to provide services, educate and advocate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults suffers from mental illness, with one in 10 adults suffering from a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The World Health Organization states that mental disorders account for soidemeR sod nevetS dna dnalkaO tisiV fo ysetruoc otohP

four of the top 10 leading causes of disabilities in developed countries. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that two-thirds of people with diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups are even less likely to get help. The Surgeon General communicates that minorities are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental illness, have less access to services, are more likely to receive a poorer quality of mental health care, and are underrepresented in mental health research. Based on the need to improve access to mental health care, treatment, and services, the U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, in order to enhance awareness of minority mental health issues. A few statistics from the Office of Minority Health: Asian American women have the highest suicide rate for U.S. women over the age of 65. Suicide attempts for Hispanic females, grades 9 to 12, are 70 percent higher than Caucasian females from the same age group. From 1980 to 1995, the suicide rate for African Americans, ages 10 Oakland awaits you this Fall at the NASW-CA Annual Conference! to 14, increased 233

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The Surgeon General communicates that minorities are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental illness, have less access to services, are more likely to receive a poorer quality of mental health care, and are underrepresented in mental health research. percent. For American Indians/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death. Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and third leading cause for people 18 to 24 years, according to NAMI. Ninety percent of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. Of course, minorities face more mental health challenges than just risk of suicide, but these statistics illustrate two points: the powerlessness that individuals can feel and the stigma still implied, in regard to mental health issues and accessing services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the annual, indirect cost of mental illness to be $79 billion. As the U.S. Census Bureau projects that 54 percent of the population will be a minority by the year 2050, it behooves our nation to be proactive toward minority mental health. The Affordable Care Act is expected to help through funding community-based centers, allowing access to low-cost or free mental health care. Additionally, we can assist by increasing our cultural competency, thereby enhancing service delivery, planning an event in our communities to raise awareness, or advocating for legislation. /

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

Legal Issue of the Month........................ 9

Regions............................................... 16

President’s Message.............................. 3

Political Action..................................... 10

Councils.............................................. 18

Executive Director’s Message................. 4

Opinion................................................ 13

Licensure Classes................................ 19

Annual Conference Registration.............. 7

NPN Events.......................................... 14

Annual Conference Information............ 20


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THE PRESIDENT LEADERSHIP FROM Hearing of the Senate Select Board of Directors Officers 2012-2013 PRESIDENT

Shirley Gentilini, MSW, LCSW

Committee on Mental Health By Shirley Gentilini, MSW, LCSW


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n Friday, May 31, at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, I attended a very informative presentation, “Reducing California’s Prison Population and Recidivism Rate.” Senator Jim Beall, chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health, conducted this hearing. The Committee has 13 members. (You can locate your senator serving on this committee on selectcommitteeonmentalhealth.) Senators Jim Beall and Cathleen Galgiani held this hearing with the focus on mental health in Los Angeles. The speakers testified how increasing parolees’ and atrisk populations’ access to mental health and substance use treatment will result in lower incarceration rates and save taxpayers millions of dollars. Currently there is a 70 percent recidivism (returning to prison) rate of prisoners. Dr. Richard Rawson, associate director of UCLA Integrated Substance Programs, shared how important it is for those using heroin to receive follow-up treatment and counseling. His research proves methadone prescribed to heroin addicts reduces their cravings for heroin. This would be the most helpful if given before their release from prison.

Dr. Luis Garcia, vice president of Latino Program Development Pacific Clinics, informed us that those newly released from prison and also suffering from mental illness have more success of not relapsing if they come for treatment. He emphasized that services for Latinos are less available. Often financial resources are slim. Hopefully with the new Affordable Care Act, many will qualify for Medi-Cal. Dr. Garcia believes in early prevention. Often young people in the community suffer with depression and other mental health disorders. When he does community outreach, they come to the clinic for help. Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County, implemented a new program to bring education to those in prison. He brought in three charter schools. Now inmates can receive their high school diploma or GED. When they leave prison they will be employable and less likely to return to jail. These speakers emphasized that we need to be forward thinking and open to new ways to help those who have been in prison and those with mental illness. The old ways have not been successful. / To view the hearing on YouTube, please visit OO0cNF8cNGU?t=10m29s


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NASW’s Great Challenge By Janlee Wong, MSW


or years, perhaps since the beginning, NASW has relied on the classic association model of a culture of joiners. In the last century, social workers joined NASW and stayed members because many of them were “joiners.” They believed in representative democracy and they could influence NASW as members to meet the collective needs. Starting in the last decade of the 20th century, the early joiners started to age out and retire from their careers, but also from the association. The change was gradual but the trend was there. Many of the new and remaining members gravitated toward a shift in the nation’s

culture. That shift could be identified as, “I’m me rather than I’m a part of something.” Associations had trouble making the transition and membership went into decline. It used to be “I have an interest in policy, NASW does policy, so I’ll be a member of NASW.”   Now it is, “My agency has laid me off and I need an organization to help me get a job.” NASW’s challenge is to improve its fit with today’s culture.  First, we need to sharpen what we do so our services can be clearly identified as meeting the needs of the individual social worker.  We need to consider a more specialized way of

Today, our association must act as if it was having an individual conversation with thousands of individual social workers. financing so individual social workers can pick and choose their service and how much they willing to pay for it. We needed to move more rapidly into promoting and delivering our services. Today’s individual wants what’s relevant to them now, not two weeks or a month later. This means we must communicate broadly and more instantaneously, but in a specialized fashion, so as to connect to the individual and meet their need right away. Today, our association must act as if it was having an individual conversation with thousands of individual social workers. That is our greatest challenge. /

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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.

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.

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.

Family. Long term/short term.

Nuclear family only. Short/brief term.

Participants in the problem. Short/brief term.

Individuals, couples, families and groups. No time line. Depends on clients and process of retelling story.

Therapist’s Role

Key Terms

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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2013 NASW-CA Annual Conference


oin your fellow social workers at the NASW-CA 2013 Annual Conference on Friday, October 4 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland, CA. The newly revamped conference schedule was designed to offer an affordable and diverse range of continuing education, professional development and networking opportunities for all!

New This Year - Opening Plenary and 1.5 Hour Sessions! The conference opening plenary/general session will feature a powerful presentation by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University—the first research, intervention, education and policy initiative on LGBT children, youth and families. Conference workshop sessions will follow with more than 20 topics offered in three time slots throughout the day. Some hot topics include the DSM-5 Preview and the Affordable Care Act. Celebrate the Profession! Friday’s conference registration includes the Social Work Awards Luncheon experience. In addition to a delicious meal, the luncheon will feature an awards ceremony honoring outstanding individuals for Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year and presentation of the Diana Ming Chan Bilingual SW Scholarships. Exhibits Reception Prizes and more! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit more than 40 recruiters and vendors in the exhibit hall on Friday. Planned activities include continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, the CalPACE Silent Auction and an evening closing reception with door prizes! Learning and networking opportunities extend into the evening hours with Council meetings of the American Red Cross and Asian Pacific Islanders and the always popular Job Strategies workshop. Licensure Classes Attend Friday’s conference activities then stay over on Saturday for Law and Ethics training or choose from several of NASW-CAs highly rated pre-license and/or license renewal courses. Explore Oakland! The Marriott City Center is conveniently located in downtown Oakland and easily accessible by auto, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) or Amtrak. The hotel is offering discounted hotel rates for conference attendees. During your stay shop and dine within walking distance at Oakland’s World Famous Chinatown or take a short cab ride to the waterfront to visit historic Jack London Square. Registration discounts and volunteers needed! Registration discounts are offered to NASW members, social work students and retired social workers and early registrants. Discounts are also available to volunteers who serve as classroom monitors. For complete details or to register online, visit or complete the form on the following pages. Register by August 16 for maximum savings!

WORKSHOPS Please use this listing of workshops as a reference to register for the conference on the following pages. Indicate session # on the registration form. For detailed workshop descriptions and presenter information, visit Licensure classes are listed separately on the form. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 WORKSHOP SESSIONS A 10:30am to 12:00pm Secondary Traumatization for Clinicians—#A-1 The ASWB Exam: California, Here We Come!—#A-2 Cultural Competence and Evidence Based Practice: Is There a Connection?—#A-3 Elder Abuse and Neglect: What Social Workers Need to Know—#A-4 Civil Remedies for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse—#A-5 Restorative Justice Through Family Group Conferences & Peacemaking Circles— #A-6 WORKSHOP SESSIONS B 1:30pm to 3:00pm National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Building the Professional Social Work Response—#B-1 Practical Tips to Help Families with a Child on the Autism Spectrum—#B-2 Family Acceptance Project: A Family-Based Approach to Help Ethnically and Religiously Diverse Families to Support their LGBT Children—#B-3 Addressing the “Fear Factor” and Engaging Immigrant Families—#B-4 Overview of the DSM-5 Diagnostic Manual—#B-5 (this is a double session ending at 4:45pm) Collaborative Divorce: A New Way of Getting Divorced, New Opportunities for Social Workers—#B-6 Best Practices and Initial Outcomes of CA’s Historic Effort to Improve Student Mental Health, Prevent Suicides and Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness—#B-7 WORKSHOP SESSIONS C 3:15pm to 4:45pm Using Restorative Justice Philosophy and Practices within the School Social Work Setting—#C-1 Mindfulness for the Clinician—#C-2 Culturally Grounded Depression Assessment and Education in Chinese Immigrant Adults—#C-3 The Affordable Care Act and Social Work—#C-4 The Art of Diagnosis—#C-5 Introducing the Golden Hour: Rethinking First Contact with Victims following Disaster or Major Crisis— #C-6

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Criminalization of Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct By Sherri Morgan, Associate Counsel, LDF and Office of Ethics & Professional Review © May 2013. National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

Introduction All states implement and enforce rules regarding the professional conduct of social workers, primarily for the purpose of protecting the public from harm. Among these rules is a prohibition on sexual contact between social workers and their clients. The ban on sexual contact is based, in part, on a recognition that clients seeking social workers’ services may be vulnerable and emotionally dependent and less able to distinguish between conduct that is for their benefit and that which is exploitative and for the primary benefit of the social worker. The NASW Code of Ethics (2008), Standard 1.09, prohibits social workers from engaging in sexual activities with current and former clients as well as clients’ relatives or close friends. It further prohibits social workers

from establishing a professional relationship with those with whom they have had a prior sexual relationship. Nearly half of the states make sexual contact between a psychotherapist and a client a criminal offense, namely a felony. This article will review the status of state criminal laws banning such conduct.

Overview At least 23 states criminalize sexual contact between psychotherapists and clients and nearly all of these states classify the violations as felony offenses. Variations in these provisions depend on the nature of the client’s consent (or lack thereof), the client’s and therapist’s state of mind, and the timing of the prohibition in relation to the termination of the professional social worker-client relationship. New York

State is one of the most recent to pass such legislation. The Maryland legislature considered proposed legislation in 2013, but it did not pass. Louisiana has been considering a proposed measure.

Time Limitations The NASW Code of Ethics (2008), Standard 1.09, bans sexual contact with current and former clients without a time limitation and without reference to whether the services provided were clinical or other in nature. This standard is the most protective of current and former social work clients. / To read the rest of the article, please visit files/7_13_legal_issue.pdf.

David Schnarch chosen for esteemed award by American Psychological Association (APA) Dr. David Schnarch will receive the 2013 APA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Independent Practice. He is also previous recipient of the 2011 AAMFT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Therapy and the 1995 AASECT Award for Professional Excellence. Discover why his approach is receiving so much recognition in these upcoming events: Professionals: APA Annual Convention Award Recipient and Speaker Honolulu, HI: July 31-August 4, 2013 Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) Annual Conference - Keynote Speakers Denver, CO: September 20, 2013 Crucible® Intimacy and Desire Clinical 3-day Workshops Alexandria, VA: September 27-29, 2013 Dallas, TX: October 25-27, 2013

Public: Therapists, these are excellent resources for your clients and many therapists also attend to address their own personal development. Passionate Marriage® Couples Enrichment Weekends (CEW) San Francisco, CA: October 4-6, 2013 Dallas, TX: March 28-30, 2014 Denver, CO: May 2-4, 2014 Intensive Therapy Program for Couples or Individuals Available throughout the year.

Ruth Morehouse, Ph.D. & David Schnarch, Ph.D. Co-Directors of the Crucible Institute Evergreen, Colorado

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


t is the dog days of summer in Sacramento and the Legislature is out of town for a month. In this month’s column, I will report on bills that we are supporting that have not been mentioned in previous editions of this newsletter. I am also happy to report that all of the bills we opposed died in their first policy committee. This list included several bills that would infringe on the rights of minors to consent to confidential medical services. You can now see our entire legislative agenda by going to our website at this link: app/pkgs/myInfo/MyInfo.asp?memberId=rgonz ales&memberCode=981373551&dataSet=bills &cmd=get&showCategories=yes&startIndex= 1&itemsPerPage=10000&format=html.

tracting to provide Medi-Cal services to provide language assistance services, which includes interpretation and translation services, to limited-English-proficient enrollees. Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 10 (Alejo) Minimum Wage Annual Adjustment

Requires the Judicial Council training program to include the effects of gender identity and sexual orientation on family law proceedings. Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Would raise the minimum wage and index it for inflation. Status: Passed the Assembly, in the Senate.

AB 263 Employment Retaliation: Immigration Related Practices Provides that it shall be unlawful for an employer or any other person or entity to engage in, or to direct another person or entity to engage in, unfair immigration-related practices against any person for the purpose of, or with the intent of, retaliating against any person for exercising any right protected under the Labor Code or by any local ordinance. Status: Passed the Assembly, in the Senate.

AB 309 (Mitchell) CalFresh: Homeless Youth Would expedite the receipt of CalFresh benefits for homeless youth. Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 460 (Ammiano) Health Care Coverage Infertility Requires that health care service plans offer coverage for the treatment of infertility without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Status: In the Senate Health Committee.

AB 505 (Nazarian) Medi-Cal: Managed Care: Language Assistance Services Would require all managed care plans con-

AB 518 (Yamada) Community-Based Adult Services Establishes the Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) program as a Medi-Cal benefit. This program will help to fill the gap left by the elimination of the Adult Day Health Care program. Status: In the Senate Health Committee.

AB 868 (Ammiano) Courts Training Program

AB 1006 (Yamada) Juvenile Court Records: Sealing and Destruction Would require each court and probation department to ensure that juveniles are provided with information regarding the eligibility for and the procedures to request the sealing and destruction of their juvenile records. Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee.

would recommend to school districts appropriate guidelines, best practices, and information that school districts may disseminate to pupils and their families. Status: Passed the Senate, in the Assembly.

SB 404 (Jackson) Fair Employment: Familial Status Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, there are safeguards for the right of all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination. This bill would include status as a family caregiver, as an additional basis upon which the right to seek, obtain, and hold employment cannot be denied. Status: Passed the Senate, in the Assembly.

SB 528 (Yee) Care and Treatment: Minor and Nonminor Dependent Parents Authorizes a child’s social worker, if the child is 12 years of age or older, to inform the child of his or her rights as a minor to consent to confidential medical services. The bill would also authorize social workers to provide dependent children with age-appropriate, medically accurate information about sexual development, reproductive health, and prevention of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Status: Passed the Senate, in the Assembly. / Visit to see the language of these bills and to check on their status.

AB 1171 (Levine) Child Welfare Services: Electronic Records Establishes a pilot program in three counties to provide a foster youth, who is 16 years of age or older, upon his or her request, the ability to establish an online electronic repository for his or her records, such as their birth certificate, social security card and medical records. Status: Passed the Senate, in the Assembly.

AB 1276 (Bloom) Parole: Juvenile Offenders Provides that a person who was convicted of a nonhomicide offense before they were 18, to be eligible for consideration for parole after serving 20 or 25 years in state prison. Status: Passed the Assembly, in the Senate.

SB 231 (Correa) California Bullying Prevention Coordinating Center Would require the establishment of a bullying prevention coordinating center, which

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California State Budget Passed on Time By Rebecca Gonzales


or the third year in a row, the Legislature has passed the State Budget by the June 15 constitutional deadline. Of course, since the passage of Proposition 25 in November 2010, budgets may now be passed with a majority vote rather than a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. In addition, the Legislature has a supermajority of Democrats that can control the budget negotiations. Although California has a Democratic governor, most of the sticking points in the budget were between Governor Brown and the Democratic Legislature. In the end, their differences were bridged and thanks to our improving economy and the temporary taxes implemented after the passage of Proposition 30, this was the first budget in years without major cuts to safety net programs. That is the good news; the bad news is that although we did restore some budget cuts, the restorations were minimal. The Governor stressed the need to be conservative with our revenue estimates this year since tax revenues are just starting to tick up. Hopefully, Jerry will be a little bit looser with the purse strings next year! The biggest area of the budget to get a boost was K-12 schools. A formula was negotiated that gives every school district a spending boost and also allocates additional funds for schools with economically disadvantaged students and a high percentage of English language learners. There is also a 5-percent spending boost for higher education, which includes CSU, UC and the community colleges. This spending increase should help to hold the line on fee increases through 2016-17. In addition, Speaker of the Assembly John Perez negotiated a higher education middle-class scholarship program for families who make as much as $150,000 a year. One boost in spending that we were very happy to see was the restoration of adult dental under Medi-Cal starting in May. Another important restoration was the repeal of the seven-visit annual limit on doctor visits for Medi-Cal patients. In addition, the budget allocated money to fully implement Federal Health Care Reform. Another major victory for low-income Californians is a planned 5-percent increase in monthly CalWORKs grants beginning March 1, 2014. We were not able to increase the time on aid from the current two-year time limit for adults, but $143 million was allocated to expand employment services and case management. In addition, the Legislature provided $48

million to identify employment barriers and to subsidize employers who do hire CalWORKs recipients. Increased child care funding was also included in the budget to fund a total of 11,400 full and part-day slots for pre-school age children. Last, but certainly not least, the budget funded a proposal by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to provide $142 million

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Open Forum on State Budget Support Steinberg’s Rx for Mental Health Care

Survey Invitation to Stakeholders from EO

By Eduardo Vega

Dear Valued Stakeholder, The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is beginning the process of creating its Strategic Plan for 2014–2017. The Department of Consumer Affairs, SOLID Planning Solutions will be assisting BBS with the development of its strategic plan. Part of this development process includes surveying stakeholders to identify the current challenges facing the BBS and actions you would like BBS to take as part of its strategic direction over the next four years. As a stakeholder involved with the behavioral sciences profession, your input is valuable in helping us identify how BBS is doing and what trends are important for BBS to consider. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback by completing a short online survey that SOLID Planning Solutions will email to you. Completion of the survey is voluntary; however, we would appreciate your feedback. The survey results are anonymous. Please visit: /s/BBS_Scan. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Roy in SOLID at (916) 574-8206 or


resident Obama convened a national conference on mental health recently at the White House, focusing on balancing services for people in need with a reduction of the stigma associated with mental illness. Although this conference and the related national initiatives were driven by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, the president rightfully highlighted that people with mental health conditions are not violent and that most people involved with gun violence are not mentally ill. Obama and the opening speakers pointed to the need to change our dialogue about mental health and to provide the right kinds of services and support so that no one becomes desperately ill. But who will move beyond the talk and philosophy to real solutions? In California, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has proposed a program that can make a significant difference. It requires support from our state leaders. However, their communities will need to muster support. Over the past 10 years, Californians have received a mixed bag when it comes to mental health support and treatment. On one hand, the Mental Health Services Act (originally Proposition 63) has funded services for thousands who have serious mental illnesses. On the other hand, budget cuts at the state and county levels have reduced or eliminated safety net services and even basic support for many people who are ill, homeless or on disability. The result is that in spite of Mental Health Services Act funding, many people have to become very sick in order to receive mental health care. What people do get is often inappropriate in both form and cost. Services for people experiencing the worst kinds of psychological distress are incomplete and underfunded. The cost of hospitalization, psychiatric and emergency services is untenable. And, in most cases, that level of care is not even what people need. People

in distress routinely are told they are not sick enough to receive help, or they may be subject to a demoralizing process of police transport, emergency room visit and/or unnecessary inpatient commitments. As an extreme but common practice in this environment, mental health and social services workers sometimes coach individuals who are seeking services on what to tell officials in order to meet criteria for involuntary treatment, in hopes they will receive services right away. Steinberg has called for state budget allocations for a full spectrum of community programs, including mobile crisis support teams (teams of mental health professionals such as nurses, social workers, psychiatrists or peer counselors whom families, neighbors or law enforcement can call to respond to individuals), peer-respite supports (programs where, as an alternative to hospitalization, people can stay and meet with peers for counseling) and community-based crisis residential programs for longer-term stays. Steinberg’s proposal would use mental health act and budget surplus funds and match these with federal resources, reducing costs for police transport and hospital emergency rooms. These services and supports would prevent the lost quality of life, disability and even suicide that can occur when symptoms of mental illness are not treated. Californians deserve the health care they need to succeed, including mental health care to reduce significant disability brought on by mental illnesses. The Legislature and Governor should act quickly on Steinberg’s proposal to save our communities money, prevent personal and family anguish, save lives and reduce the human costs of mental illness. / Eduardo Vega is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. Please visit

Professor Hyatt Returns Lillian Hyatt will be back as a regular columnist for California News in our September issue, following a so-called retirement that lasted a whopping 30 days! We welcome Professor Hyatt back and look forward to a long association.

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Due Justice for Abused Tribal Women By Ashley Pipes, Christine Le, Joyce Witcher, Julie Le, and Lisa Vu


hat beaten and bruised woman is your mother, your sister or your daughter. Yet, all we do is stand by as she continues to be assaulted and raped by her abuser. This is all too common in our communities, especially among the tribal communities. The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (VAWA) is moving along through the House, and its fate will be determined very soon with a few striking provisions. Finally, protection of Native Americans will be addressed through the Provision S. 1925, which has been overlooked for quite some time now. Shocking statistics state that 60 percent of Native American women will be physically assaulted in their lifetime, 34 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetime, and the murder rate for Native women is 10 times more than the national rate. There has been no sense of urgency that led to reform in the past to ensure protection of this population. This new provision to VAWA fills the gap in previous versions. The tribal govern-

ment has long been put in the unfortunate position to leave these abused, exploited women without any hope, as these nontribal perpetrators were not legally able to be prosecuted. It is a hope that our country will no longer tolerate this loophole that has allowed non-native men to continue to abuse and rape native women on tribal land. Provision S. 1925 provides a concurrent jurisdiction between the U.S. federal court and the tribal government for crimes committed in Indian country, namely domestic violence, dating violence, and violation of protection orders. It only seems fitting that such legal power should involve the Tribal Government, just as the United States is able to take legal action toward those who are not United States citizens. We support the VAWA Reauthorization of 2013 and the essential rights to keep all women free from abuse, rape and any other form of violence. / Ashley Pipes, Christine Le, Joyce Witcher, Julie Le, and Lisa Vu are CSU Long Beach masters of social work students. Please email Ashley Pipes at

Second Annual Translational Research/Translational Practice Roundtable October 18, 2013: Alumni Center, Sacramento State University


ollowing the September 2012 roundtable’s promising beginning and in response to the post-evaluations from the event, this year’s event has expanded to a full day. NASW-CA will host this event at the Sacramento State University Alumni Center on October 18, 2013. Lawrence Palinkas, PhD, will present the keynote address building on his remarks from last year. Again, the roundtable will present an opportunity for dialogue between practitioners and researchers. Table discussions with structured questions will follow Dr. Palinkas’s address. This will provide a foundation for building relationships between practitioners and researchers. Afternoon workshops are tentatively scheduled to focus on current examples of translational social work research/practice. We will have the opportunity to discuss

the issues faced by practitioners as they are involved in implementing new research and how they can become equal partners in evolving practice research. We are fortunate to have Lynne Marsenich, LCSW, as one of our presenters. The remainder of our presenters are expected to be confirmed soon. As with last year’s event, the organizers hope to have practitioners from a variety of settings with interests in developing and promoting Translational concepts within the social work profession. The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports an interest in the move toward developing and supporting the concept of community research teams where practitioners and researchers work together. Mark your calendars for the October 18 event and watch for further information in the NASW-CA newsletter and Facebook sites. /

The Need for Programs to Support Transitional and Emancipated Youth By Stephanie Constantine


he transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked by the increase of responsibility and expectations of being able to make sound and independent choices. During this stage, youth face opportunities and challenges, which often have an effect throughout their life course (Keller, Cusick & Courtney, 2007). The ability of adolescents to transition to adulthood is dependent on their past experiences and individual circumstances (Cicchetti & Rogosch, 2002). In 2011, an estimated 26,286 foster youth emancipated from the foster care system in the U.S. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Many risk factors that affect foster youth date back to their life prior to entering the system. According to Cook et al. (2007), these factors include the trauma of abuse in the family of origin, removal from the home and community, multiple placements, the stressors associated with discharge from care, and the difficulties that come with the transition into young adulthood. Upon emancipation, many leave the system and are suddenly disconnected from supportive adults, social services and socioeconomic supports, all of which adversely affect their chances of maturing into contributing, self-reliant adults (Metzger, 2006). For these former foster youth, the loss of that support is traumatic as their transition to adulthood brings a variety of challenges such as the ability to access resources like housing and education and employment (Courtney et al., 2007). Due to this lack of support, emancipated youth are likely to experience homelessness, unemployment, and involvement in the legal system, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy and health care problems (Courtney et al., 2007). / To read the rest of the article, please visit 7989/files/7_13_opinion.pdf.


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NPN San Diego Announces Election Results By Kelly Anderson


e have completed our first election for board members! Congratulations to those elected! The new board members have great energy, a commitment to NASW ethics and are excited to help develop you as a professional and social worker! The team will be meeting in July to get to know each other and start planning next year’s events. We hope to offer four to six events within the next 12 months. We are looking forward to collaborating with Region E to have great professional development and networking events, as well as partnering with local schools of social work to discuss and learn about ethical issues, underserved populations, and advancing social justice in our community. Keep in touch with us through our Facebook and email us at nasw. to be added to our email list for current updates and events. Have ideas for future events? Post on our wall the type of event you would like to see! If you were not elected this year, there is always next year! Also, there are always year-round openings for board support positions that allow you the opportunity to help as much as your availability allows.

Introducing our new board: Preston Tang, Chair Lindsey Bittman, Treasurer Kurt Wellman, Marketing Kelly Anderson, Communications Laura Rodgers, NASW Region E Liaison Greg Achen, Board Support Susan Paul, Board Support Kara Winship, Board Support Victor Bloomberg, Board Support

NPN San Diego Welcomes Many to the Profession By Kelly Anderson, Interim Co-Chair, NPN San Diego


he New Professionals Network San Diego Unit (NPN-SD) has been gathering support, momentum and an interim board to establish another unit, in example of the NPN Los Angeles (who so eloquently described their successful miniconference in the May issue of California News.) There was an expressed desire in the San Diego area for professional development opportunities for social work students, new BSWs and MSWs, and burgeoning professionals. Our first event: “Welcome to the Profession” was held on May 23, 2013 at URBN Coal Fired Pizza. It was a great success with more than 70 registrants. Students and new professionals developed great connections, networked and enjoyed a fun Thursday evening. There were also seasoned professionals who offered their advice and even some who brought job openings with them, while others offered supervision services. What a gift! Micro, mezzo and macro social work practitioners attended. To provide just a few examples, some are involved in clinical practice with children, mentally ill adults, or seniors, while others work at local universities, hold administrative positions, consult, and even are developing their own agencies. To get involved in planning our next event, connect with us on Facebook: https:// We are also accepting nominations for NPN-SD board member positions. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills. For more information, you may email NPN-SD at NASW.CA.NPN.SD@ Sincere thanks to the planning committee and our guests, for making our launch so successful. See you at the next event! /

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NPN Sacramento Unit Event a Big Success! By Martha Sinclair-West


he first New Professionals Network, Sacramento Unit (NPN-Sac) event at HeadHunter’s took place May 21 and was an absolute success! Close to 20 social workers with diverse backgrounds and experience attended. Students, new and established professionals attended. I had the opportunity to meet new people, exchange stories, and eat great food. As an online student it is hard for me to make the connections that students who attend campus classes are able to make. The New Professionals Network is an excellent opportunity to meet people who understand the social work profession in a relaxed, fun environment. Commu-

nity building is an important aspect of what we do as social workers and this group provides an opportunity to create a robust network that can organize and share resources. As more students choose online classes as a matter of convenience,

NASW-CA Chapter New Professionals Network (NPN) Members and Executive Director Janlee Wong (front row, second from right) at 2013 Lobby Days. Top row, left to right: Kelly Anderson, Ian Bohannon, Tera Stefani and Lindsey Slama. Front row, left to right: Kurt Wellman, Rachel Gardner, Janlee Wong, and Gagan Gill.

it will benefit them to have a group like the NPN-Sac to turn to as a vital resource. Furthermore, the group is beneficial for social workers who do not work with many of their peers but would like to make a connection with like-minded individuals. The New Professionals Network promises to be an astounding professional development tool as well. The possibility for resume building workshops, elevator speech guidance, and mentorship are also within the scope of the group. Ultimately, the NPN is what we make it. The bigger our membership, the more resources we have and the more connections we can make. I hope to see you at the next event! /


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REGION REPORTS There are so many ways that we can take care of “the third thing”: regular massage is the first thing that pops into my mind or walking with friends, working in the garden, listening to music, reading, going to the movies, time with our families and so on. What are some of the ways you take care of yourself? Log on to our Facebook page at and let us know. Another way of taking care of yourself is to offer support to your team or staff. Do you know that Region A has a Traveling Compassion Fatigue CEU offer? It is taught by Meghan Murphy, MSW, who always receives great reviews for her presentation. Interested in having Meghan present to your team? Contact me at the address above and learn how you can support your team.


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

Director Shelly Kalmer Assistant Director Mark Thoma, EdD, MSW Mendocino Unit Contact Nancy Nanna Sonoma Unit Chair Daniela Bravo Carla Schwartz Humboldt Unit Chair Debbie Patton

Region A Report

By Shelly Kalmer, MSW, ACSW

Compassion fatigue. Burnout. Secondary traumatic stress. These are all conditions that become familiar to us as we go through the day-to-day practice of being professional social workers. Most often it is related to the work we do with our clients, but sometimes it is due to the bureaucracy and systems that we have to wade through to get the services we feel would most benefit the people we serve. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of being in the audience at the CSU Long Beach Distance Ed MSW graduation in Sonoma County where Region A’s Lifetime Achievement recipient, Mary Ann Swanson, LCSW, gave the keynote address. Her message to the graduates and to those of us in the audience was both important and striking. After the requisite “congratulations” and “you’ve worked hard these three years,” Mary Ann went on to encourage the graduates not to forget “the third thing” as they carried on in the lives as a practicing social worker. “What is the third thing?” she continued, “This is something you do for yourself to help avoid burning out. Something to keep you fresh as you greet the demands of work and family…”


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

Director Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD Assistant Director Marvin Gross Central Coast Unit Lynne White Dixon, LCSW Silicon Valley Unit Chris Lum Alternate Director Amy Gregor San Luis Obispo Unit Ly-Lan M.V. Lofgren, MSW, LCSW San Mateo Unit Suh-Liang Ou

San Luis Obispo Unit Report By Ly-Lan Lofgren, LCSW, CST

Our unit has met monthly for CE units and celebrations for the past nine months. We don’t meet as a larger unit over the summer, but we do continue to plan for CE unit programs. We have an exciting fall lineup beginning on the fourth Thursdays again in September. Please call to get involved in leadership and participate in this unit’s ongoing activities. Please let us know if you will help to write newsletter notes for upcoming meetings.


Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano CONTACTS

Regional Director Natasha Paddock Assistant Director Rachelle Jackson

Student Representatives University of California at Berkeley Nalleli Sandoval 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 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


San Diego, Imperial CONTACTS

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

San Diego Unit Report By Kelly Anderson

Thank you for joining us at our “Welcome to the Profession” event on May 23, 2013. It was a great success with more than 70 people registered. Students, new professionals and burgeoning professionals developed great connections, networked with some familiar faces, and enjoyed a fun Thursday evening. Thank you to those involved in planning and those who joined us, for making this a very successful event. We are already brainstorming our next event—more details coming soon! Congratulations to our first elected board members. There was tough competition between the nominees. Our new board will be serving you for the next year. Please feel free to reach out to them to introduce yourself and make them

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REGION REPORTS feel welcomed. They all have great energy, commitment to our ethics, and cannot wait to help develop you as a professional and social worker. There are still year-round openings for board support positions where you can help as little or as much as you are available. You can also help with our events. Don’t forget, you can always run next year for the board. Make sure to stay up to date through our Facebook and MeetUp pages:

Santa Barbara Unit Kimiko Kuroda, MSW San Fernando Valley Unit Co-Chairs Judith M. Harris, LCSW Ventura County Unit Maryellen Benedetto


On Friday, September 20, 2013, the Ventura unit is planning six CEUs for LCSWs and LMFTs. The topic is “Clinical Supervision: Principles and Methods” and will be presented by Marshall Jung, DSW. The program will be at the Four Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner, Ventura, CA 93001. The cost is $59 (paid by September 16, 2013) and $79 for late registration. Registration can be completed online at or by sending a check (made out to NASW-CA, Ventura unit) to David Deutsch, P.O. Box 6487, Oxnard, CA 93031.

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

Region F Report

By Kimberly Cox, MSW, LCSW

The High Desert unit will be meeting at Mimi’s Café on Monday, July 29 at 5:30pm with a presentation on “Crisis Intervention” by Jim Maher, LCSW. We are dark in August and will reconvene on September 16 with a free 2-CEU presentation on the “Community Resilience Model” by Helen Horn and Maaike Lurinks from Victor Community Support Services from 6pm until 8pm. In October, we will hold a regular unit meeting and elections for leadership positions. Please join us for dinner, networking and excellent door prizes! Mimi’s is located at 12302 Amargosa Road in Victorville. Any questions, please contact Unit Chair Kimberly Cox at


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

Director Jerry Lawrie Assistant Director Debbie Allen

Region G Unit Report By Maryellen Benedetto


West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

Director Sarah Cummings Regional Alternative Director Jolene Hui

Region H Report By Jolene Hui

Region H is seeking a marketing/communications intern to also serve as a student liaison to the Los Angeles area social work programs. Intern should be enrolled in a MSW program in the Los Angeles area and be savvy in marketing/communications. Familiarity with social media and the ability to manage Region H social media sites is a must. This is a chance to boost your marketing/communications skills to make you a more valuable candidate in the job search! Internship will start in August and end at the close of the 2014 school year. Stipend offered. Please send resume and cover letter to regionhnasw@gmail. com and state “Student Internship” in the subject line.


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

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FACEBOOK LINKS Regions and Units Region A Region B San Luis Obispo San Mateo Region C Silicon Valley Unit groups/316727771773901/#!/ groups/178032362231010/?fref=ts Region D Chico Unit Region E Region F Desert Cities and Riverside County Unit Region G San Fernando Valley Local Unit Region H West Los Angeles Region I Councils Social Action/Social Justice Council NASW-CA Chapter

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Celebrate Long Beach Arts Month this October by attending the showing of The House I Live In, a documentary examining the War on Drugs. The Women’s Council is sponsoring the free event on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach at 727 Pine Ave., Long Beach. A schedule of evening art events in and near the Alliance will be provided for participants. The documentary analyzes the institutional policy/structural factors that support the War on Drugs and the ways in which the basic structure of law enforcement and the judicial and “correctional” systems have been altered by these policies. It reveals how participation in the War on Drugs has become integral to the economic well-being of individuals, governmental units and corporations. The film will be followed by a discussion of change strategies with members of All of Us or None, an organization of former prisoners. CEUs will be available for a small fee and preregistration. / The Women’s Council continues to sponsor social work events to raise practice issues and consider ways in which we are ethically obligated to take action. The bi-annual law and ethics workshop is scheduled for February 27, 2014. For more information, contact (800) 538-2565, ext. 57 or womenscouncil@ or

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