California Society for Clinical Social Work

Fresno District

12/04/2016 10:21 AM | CSCSW Administrator (Administrator)

District Coordinators:
Emiliano Beltran, ASW ~ bemiliano442@gmail.com
Eleanor Speakes, LCSW, PPSC ~ espeakes41@gmail.com

The Fresno District underwent a transition in leadership during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The current district leaders wish to extend a massive thank you to Lynn Lirette, Gabriele Case, Ken Katz, Anne Petrovich, Dolores Siegel, Barbara Varley, and the many unnamed people who served the Fresno District over the years.

The last year was a busy one for the Fresno District.  In September 2015, we participated in a memorial service in honor of Dolores Siegel, LCSW, former CSCSW Board Member.  She was a dedicated and accomplished social worker, professor, and member of the CSCSW, and is greatly missed. 

During the 2015-2016 academic year, we had well-attended monthly educational presentations.  We heard from Jason Fritts, LCSW on Dialetical Behavior Therapy; from Judith Tucker, MS, former District Attorney, on sexual abuse from a criminal justice perspective and implications for social workers; from Mary LeBeuf, LCSW on Shame Resilience Theory; from Alison Acton, LMFT on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR); from Jerry Silva, LCSW, Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Veteran Affairs Central California Healthcare System, on suicide risk, Operation S.A.V.E, and assessing lethality.

This summer, our district coordinated an event in conjunction with the Department of Social Work Education at Fresno State, Fresno State Alumni Association Social Worker Chapter, and the Fresno State Title IV-E Child Welfare Program.  This event was a commemoration of Barbara Varley, LCSW, DSW, who was a Professor Emerita in the aforementioned department at Fresno State and a former President and Board member of CSCSW.  Dr. Varley contributed greatly to the clinical development and practice of social work.  Many close friends, loved ones, colleagues, faculty, and students shared memories about Dr. Varley.  Drs. Su and Veena Kapoor, who were close friends of Dr. Varley, introduced a scholarship they started in her memory.  Guests in attendance were able to make donations and take a book from Dr. Varley’s library.

The Fresno CSCSW District is continuing to hold regular steering committee meetings and is actively looking for members to join the committee to help plan ongoing clinical presentations.

District Coordinator Elizabeth Speakes has joined the CSCSW Board to fill the vacancy left by Nancy Delich, Ed. D, MATS, LCSW, PPSC, a professor at Fresno State, who resigned to focus on fulfilling her academic, clinical, and research responsibilities. 

We meet every third Saturday from 9:30am-12pm and offer excellent trainings, CEUs, networking, and snacks.  If interested in more information, please contact us or attend one of our meetings.  We would love to hear from you!

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