California Society for Clinical Social Work

Upcoming events

    • 09/07/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Jewish Family Service, 8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

    CSCSW San Diego presents Nutrition's Complex Role in Mental Wellness

    Presenter: Ursula Ridens

    Description: Speaker will discuss the best diet approaches for mental health; nutrient deficiencies that commonly affect mental health; and ways to identify patients who may benefit from nutrition therapy. Attendees will also be invited to participate in a mindful eating experiential.

    About the Presenter: Ursula has worked as a dietitian since 2001 in a number of settings including acute care hospital, residential eating disorder treatment program, residential mental heath treatment center and private practice. Her expertise includes working with those who have mental health diagnoses, including eating disorders, and weight concerns using a non-diet mindful eating approach. 

    NOTE: Karen Moorhead-Jenkins, LCSW, will be the Moderator 

    CEUs: 1.5 CEU hours for LCSW’.s, MFT’, and LPC’s. Note: Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers -- as long as your supervisor approves participation, you can now use CEs toward LCSW hours

    COST: CSCSW Member: FREE | Non-member: $15 for CEUs | FREE for workshop only 

    The San Diego Chapter of CSCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of the month from September through June  from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Jewish Family Service building, 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa. Meetings begin with a half hour of mingling, networking, and community building, followed by our program. CEU programs meet the requirements for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as specified by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; CEUs are FREE to our members, $15 for non-members.

    District Main Point of Contact: Ros Goldstein | Email:

    • 09/16/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066

    Greater LA District

    Presenter: Maureen S. Baum, Ph.D., Psy.D.

    Description: This 2 hour presentation will include an overview of countertransference. The presentation will focus on the history and current views of countertransference.

    Also included will be a focus on treatment issues that arise from the therapist’s intense reactions towards the patient in the clinical setting such as: anger, love, and guilt.

    There will be time for questions and discussion.

    About the Presenter: Dr. Baum has a psychoanalytic practice working with adolescents, couples, and adults and she provides individual supervision and consultation to therapists. She is on the faculty of the Wright Institute, Los Angeles and teaches post graduate level clinical seminars for therapists in training. Dr. Baum is also on the faculty of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies where she teaches psychoanalytic candidates.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Be familiar with the history and development of countertransference.
    2. Understand current views and definitions of countertranference.
    3. Be able to examine specific countertransference responses within a clinical setting.
    4. Learn how to use countertransference within the treatment setting.

    Location Information: 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066 (ample metered street parking on Barrington Ave or Olympic Ave which has 4 hour meters.)

    CEUs: 2.0 hours


    Lauren Small (Greater LA District Coordinator)

    Nadia Aquino (Greater LA District Coordinator)

    • 09/16/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

    Presenter: Michael J. “Mick” Rogers, LCSW, ABD

    Description: We are taught early on in our education that dealing with psychotropic medication is outside our scope of practice. But what is our role? It is not simply to encourage med compliance, because that does not take our client’s perspective into account. It is not just to identify clients who might benefit from medication and refer them to a prescriber, because clients often do not follow through with their prescriber’s medication plan due to unspoken fears, gut feelings, experiences and historic/ racial/ethnic events that decrease trust in the medical profession.

    Our role is complex and multifaceted. This presentation looks at our role from Dr. Kia J. Bentley’s perspective on meaning making, an intersectional lens that appreciates how some client groups may be less trusting of physicians and their psychotropic medicine, and a psychodynamic perspective that anticipates how unexamined and unresolved ambivalence may lead to self-defeating behaviors around psychotropic medication.

    This presentation will include didactic teaching, vignettes and role plays.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will:

    • Improve their psychoeducation skills, so they can help clients understand:
      • how psychotropic medicine is supposed to address their problem,
      • how their client’s ambivalence about “needing” their prescribed medication can lead to non-compliance.
      • how to identify possible side effects, and prescribed (and street) drug interactions.
      • how to effectively communicate to their prescribing clinicians their needs and concerns, and
      • how to find the right balance between informed consent and the nocebo effect.
    • Identify how clients from different cultures may make different meanings about their prescribed medication.

    • Develop skills in helping their clients “make meaning” of their medication

      Presenter Bio: Mick Rogers, LCSW ABD, a clinical social worker since 1980 comes from a predominantly psychodynamic, object relations perspective. His career has focused on treating children, youth and their families in child guidance clinics, clinical supervision, and treating college students at CSUS and UC-D. He is a PhD candidate at Smith College School for Social Work whose dissertation research is on teaching clinical social work students advocacy in their field instruction.

      2.0 CEUs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CEUs, $20 for nonmembers

      10:00 – 10:30 Refreshments and Conversation
      10:30 – 12:30 Presentation


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