Menu
Log in

GROW YOUR COMMUNITY & ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • ONLINE ZOOM Meeting
    Register

    Due to a moderator late afternoon medical appointment, the ASW Support group for tonight, June 20, 2024 has been canceled.  Additionally, we will be taking the next few months off for summer break.  The next group will not be until Thursday September 19th, 2024.  

    Ongoing consultation/support group for CSCSW members regarding the use of Telehealth. Previous meetings have included discussions around practice implications of using a telehealth platform, legal and ethical considerations, navigating insurance, and transitioning back to the office. Members have an opportunity to network and make connections with other practitioners across the state. 

    PLEASE REGISTER AND A ZOOM LINK WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOUR EMAIL.

    If you are not a member join today - click here to learn more

    MEMBER'S ONLY EVENT - FREE FOR ALL MEMBERS

    This Consultation/Support Group does not award CEUs.


    • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    • Online ZOOM
    Register

    Retirement! Is it on the horizon for you? The California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) invites you to join its Retirement Discussion Group (RDG). 

    Free group for CSCSW Members who are thinking about retiring

    The group will provide a mutually supportive space for participants to explore how it's done, logistics, tapering down, clinical issues with clients, and our feelings about it. As we benefit from consultation and assistance at the beginning and middle phases of our careers, it is no different when it comes to closing out a fulfilling career in a way that we feel is ethically and practically sound. 

    Make a cup of coffee and join us 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 


    • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online WEBINAR
    Register

    Presenter: Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT

    ONLINE ZOOM -  WILL BE RECORDED

    Costs: CSCSW Member: $39 | Students: $25 | Nonmember (with CEUs): $59 

    1.5 CEUs


    Description:

    This course seamlessly merges ancient mindfulness techniques with trauma-focused principles from EMDR therapy and other trauma theory and practice. It's tailored for the wide diversity of practitioners seeking to address patient anger. We delve into the integration of mindfulness practices for both personal and patient-focused anger management. Explore the intricate link between unresolved trauma and anger while uncovering strategies to cultivate self-awareness and emotional regulation, both personally and in patients.


    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the basics of anger management from a mindfulness perspective and from the clinical literature.
    • Be able to apply at least four mindfulness-based interventions using trauma therapy principles and mindfulness on issues of anger management.
    • Learn to design a trauma-focused case conceptualization for treating anger as part of addiction, PTSD, or complex PTSD.
    • Hear the analysis of two case examples of mindfulness based anger management tools within Janet's Three Stage Model of Trauma
    • Treatment and the Adaptive Information Processing Model of EMDR therapy.

    ABOUT THE PRESENTER

    Dr. Steve played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played drums in a toy rock band and then got sober in the late 80s; became an international social justice/diversity educator and rocker again in the 90s; and is now a sought after consultant, trainer, clinician, writer and meditation teacher. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on his world renowned WTF Podcast, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and is a pioneer in the Buddhist recovery field. He is the creator and founder of the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) which utilizes both Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy to create an agency's primary clinical practice system. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (coauthored with Jamie Marich), Mindfulness for Anger Management and also coauthored Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook and Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations & Reflections - both companion pieces to the updated Trauma and the 12 Steps by Dr. Jamie Marich, for which he wrote the foreword. His most recent book (with Dr. Marich) is Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma Focused Guide. He blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist mindfulness, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, Buddhist approaches to treating mental health issues, and clinician self-care. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. Steve is Co-Founder of HapTech Holdings, the creators of full immersion sound technology delivered through bluetooth connecting vibrational footwear to your headphones, designed for entertainment use and for health care. StartAgain Technologies, develops, collaborates on and acquires applications to deliver through HapTech hardware, to enhance the MET(T)A Protocol and add new dimensions to many other health and wellness platforms. StartAgain has partnered with the NTL Group on cognitive repair solutions. StartAgain also partners with other technology companies in health care through their membership in the Connected HealthCare and Wellbeing Cluster and Incubator in Dundalk, Ireland. Steve also graduated in 2022 from the Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI) program at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied and collaborated with fellow students and faculty including doctors, nurses, academics, researchers and administrators to continue his quest of finding innovative solutions to broaden access to mental health care and wellness.

    This ONLINE WEBINAR meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

    Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


      Cancellation Policy

      • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
      • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
      • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

      Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

      • Tuesday, July 16, 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
      • Online WEBINAR
      Register

      Presenter: Linda Yoon, LCSW, and Soo Jin Lee, LMFT

      ONLINE ZOOM -  WILL BE RECORDED

      Costs: 
      CSCSW Member: FREE | Students: FREE
      Nonmember (with CEUs): $65   
      Nonmember (no CEUs): $40

      2 CEUs


      Description:

      Join us in recognizing BIPOC Mental Health Month with a focus on healing trauma within immigrant families and the Asian American community. This event provides an educational and supportive space to explore the unique mental health challenges faced by Asian Americans and immigrants, including cultural stigmas, generational trauma, and identity struggles that impact mental well-being. The event will feature Linda Yoon, LCSW, and Soo Jin Lee, LMFT, co-directors of Yellow Chair Collective and co-authors of "Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity. The workshop will be based on insights from their book, which can be found at whereibelongthebook.com. They will be joined by Amanda Lee, LCSW, to discuss racial and cultural trauma healing and mental wellness. The program includes historical, systemic, and cultural considerations, personal stories to showcase diverse narratives, strategies for fostering resilience and self-compassion, discussions on the role of cultural identity in mental health, and resources for ongoing individual and community support. Whether you are seeking to better support your clients or looking to deepen your understanding of the experiences of immigrant families and the Asian American community, this event aims to educate, raise awareness, foster understanding, and promote healing.


      Learning Objectives:

      At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

      • Historical, Systemic, and Cultural Considerations: Understanding the broader context of mental health challenges in the Asian American and immigrant communities.
      • Understand Cultural Stigmas: Gain insights into the cultural stigmas surrounding mental health within immigrant families and the Asian American community and how these stigmas impact mental well-being.
      • Identify Generational Trauma: Learn about the concept of generational trauma and its specific effects on immigrant families and Asian Americans.
      • Explore Identity Struggles: Understand the unique identity struggles faced by Asian
      • Americans and immigrants and how these struggles contribute to mental health challenges.
      • Recognize the Role of Cultural Identity in Mental Health: Discuss the importance of cultural identity in shaping mental health experiences and strategies to integrate this understanding into mental health practices.
      • Develop Strategies for Resilience and Self-Compassion: Acquire practical strategies for fostering resilience and self-compassion among individuals from immigrant families and the Asian American community.
      • Learn Trauma-Informed Approaches: Gain knowledge on trauma-informed approaches to support the healing process in immigrant and Asian American communities. 
      • Access Resources for Ongoing Support: Identify and utilize resources and tools for ongoing support and self-care for individuals and families within the immigrant and Asian American communities.
      • Implement Community Engagement: Learn ways to engage with and support the mental health needs of immigrant families and the Asian American community through community partnerships and collaborative efforts.

      ABOUT THE PRESENTER

      Linda Yoon, LCSW is the founder of Yellow Chair Collective and co-founder of Entwine Community, organizations dedicated to addressing mental health education and service gaps in services for BIPOC communities, with a special focus on Asian Americans. She is recognized as a co-author of the book "Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity," which delves deeply into themes of Asian American identity and resilience, alongside the racial, cultural, and intergenerational dynamics present within Asian American communities. Linda's work has been recognized and featured in media outlets including NPR, PBS, CBS, LA Times, and Buzzfeed. With a commitment to well-being and community empowerment, Linda drives changes through mental health programs and advocacy initiatives.

      Soo Jin Lee, LMFT a licensed therapist and executive director of Yellow Chair Collective, as well as co-founder of Entwine Community, has carved a significant path in mental health advocacy, deeply influenced by her experiences as an undocumented Asian immigrant. Her approach to mental health care, centered on understanding and addressing the unique challenges of similar communities, has led her to co-author the impactful book, "Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity." Soo Jin's work, recognized on platforms such as NPR, PBS, CBS, and CUNY, reflects her commitment to culturally sensitive services and the importance of community support in healing and identity formation.

      This is a District Meeting coordinated by the Greater LA District

      This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

      Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


        Cancellation Policy

        • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
        • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
        • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

        Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

        • Saturday, September 14, 2024
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Online WEBINAR
        • 20
        Register

        Presenter: Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW

        ONLINE ZOOM

        Space is Limited

        Registration deadline: August 30, 2024

        Costs: 
        CSCSW Member: $799 
        Nonmember: $
        850

        18.5 CEUs


        Description:

        THREE DAY WORKSHOP:

        Saturday, September 14, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
        Saturday, September 21, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
        Saturday, October 5, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)® Level 1 is a three-day educational course designed specifically for clinicians who work with both children and adults suffering from traumatic stress reactions. TRM® delves into the biological underpinnings of fear and threat, highlighting the body's instinctive defense responses in dangerous or life-threatening situations. This approach advocates for the understanding of trauma symptoms as normal biological reactions rather than as signs of pathology or mental frailty. TRM employs a mind-body approach to foster resilience and help restore balance to both the body and the mind after traumatic events. This model reframes trauma symptoms as biological responses to extraordinary situations, thereby moving away from viewing them as pathological. By normalizing these symptoms, TRM® aims to alleviate associated feelings of shame and self-blame. It promotes the view that these symptoms are attempts by the body to regain equilibrium in the nervous system. TRM’s philosophy supports a more compassionate and understanding view of those experiencing trauma. By the end of this training, you will be equipped with practical skills and knowledge to support your patients better and integrate a somatic/biological approach into your clinical practice.

        The training is a supportive combination of lecture, discussion and small group practice, providing a comfortable and encouraging environment for your learning.


        Learning Objectives:

        At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

        1. Identify the nine skills of the Trauma Resiliency Model. 
        2. Identify two or more of the key concepts of the Trauma Resiliency Model. 
        3. Identify two or more ways to integrate the somatic/biological approach of TRM into their clinical practice. 
        4. Identify one or more of the resiliency circuits within the brain that can help restore balance to the human nervous system.

                      Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM MEETING.  

                      • Closed Captioning available

                      ABOUT THE PRESENTER

                      Elaine Miller-Karas is co-founder and Executive Director Emeriti at the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI), a nonprofit promoting resilience and trauma-informed care. Miller-Karas' expertise and dedication to trauma and resilience have garnered international recognition, showcased through her speaking engagements at prestigious institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations, Psychotherapy Networker, the Global Fund, Catalyst 2030, and the Skollfter mass shootings.

                      Miller-Karas is the author of "Building Resilience to Trauma: the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models, Second Edition," a work commended by the United Nations and Taylor and Francis for its alignment with the U.N.'s sustainable development goals. Her contributions extend to regular insights in writing for Psychology Today on trauma-related subjects and hosting the weekly radio show "Resiliency Within" on VoiceAmerica.

                      Notably, she leads the Ukraine Humanitarian Resiliency Program, supporting teachers and children. Miller-Karas' expertise and dedication to trauma and resilience have garnered international recognition, showcased through her speaking engagements at prestigious institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations, Psychotherapy Networker, the Global Fund, Catalyst 2030, and the Skoll World Forum.

                      This WORKSHOP meets the qualifications for 18.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

                      Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


                        Cancellation Policy

                        • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
                        • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
                        • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

                        Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

                        • Sunday, September 29, 2024
                        • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
                        • ONLINE ZOOM Meeting
                        Register

                        Please join us at our next support group for Social work students and ASWs.

                        Feeling lost, stressed, excited? Don't have time for the self care everyone keeps talking about? You are not alone! 

                        Bring your questions and concerns, share your journey and connect with others, through this open group for any social work student or ASW in need of support.  The group will meet with members once a month to discuss topics related to being a social work student or graduate in pursuit of a clinical license.

                        The forum will provide a semi-structured discussion in a safe and encouraging space. Topics are expected to be broad in range but may include: internships, managing hours and licensing exams, supervisors and supervision.  The goal of this group is to meet with other aspiring clinical social workers and share successes, challenges, stressors and ethical issues.

                        Group will meet on Zoom the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 6:00.  Cost is free to members and non-members.

                        If you have any questions about the support group, please contact Emily Plain, MSW |   cscswgla@gmail.com

                        If you are not a member join today - click here to learn more

                        This Consultation/Support Group does not award CEUs.


                        • Saturday, November 09, 2024
                        • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
                        • Online WEBINAR
                        Register

                        Presenter: Sinead Smyth, LMFT

                        ONLINE ZOOM -  WILL BE RECORDED

                        Costs: CSCSW Member: $69 | Students: $49 | Nonmember (with CEUs): $99  

                        Discounted cost for attending this workshop and the workshop All's fair in love and war: Fighting Fair (January 11, 2025) - CSCSW Member: $120 | Students: $80 | Nonmember (with CEUs): $180  

                        2 CEUs


                        Description:

                        Learn how the theory underpinning this powerful method of couples therapy evolved from research over decades, and some ways to implement it with clients immediately.


                        Learning Objectives:

                        At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

                        1. Understand the contra-indications for couples therapy.
                        2. Describe what distinguishes GMCT from other couples therapies.
                        3. Summarize the 3 dimensions of research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
                        4. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
                        5. Understand how to conduct a couple’s therapy assessment and to develop a treatment plan with the couple.
                        6. Distinguish the two types of couple conflict and why this is important.
                        7. Describe two interventions to strengthen a couple’s conflict system.
                        8. Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
                        9. Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
                        10. Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

                        ABOUT THE PRESENTER

                        Sinead Smyth, L.M.F.T. is an Advanced Clinical Trainer in the research-based Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is a Consultant with The Gottman Institute. She is a former lawyer and the owner and Clinical Director of East Bay Relationship Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.

                        Sinead has personally trained with Drs. John and Julie Gottman since 2005 and presents couples weekend workshops based on Gottman principles across the U.S. She works with individuals, couples and professional organizations seeking to improve their most important relationships. She trains therapists in the US and Europe in Gottman Method Therapy.

                        Sinead also presents to leadership teams in organizations on effective leadership, stress and conflict management and communication skills.

                        This is a online webinar coordinated by the Greater LA District

                        This ONLINE WEBINAR meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

                        Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


                          Cancellation Policy

                          • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
                          • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
                          • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

                          Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

                          • Saturday, January 11, 2025
                          • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
                          • Online WEBINAR
                          Register

                          Presenter: Sinead Smyth, LMFT

                          ONLINE ZOOM -  WILL BE RECORDED

                          Costs: CSCSW Member: $69 | Nonmember (with CEUs): $99 | Student: $49

                          2 CEUs


                          Description:

                          In this workshop we will review the 6 key skills from the Gottman Method for helping couples manage conflict. This workshop is designed to give therapists some practical tools to help clients have more productive conflict with their partners.


                          Learning Objectives:

                          At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

                          1. Understand the importance of physiology for partners in conflict, and teach your clients how to better self-soothe.
                          2. Coach clients with the antidotes to the 4 most destructive communication patterns.
                          3. Use an intervention to help clients de-escalate and repair.
                          4. Coach clients how to accept influence from each other in conflict.
                          5. Use an intervention to help couples deal with gridlocked conflict.
                          6. Help a couple move to effective compromise using a 3-step process.

                          ABOUT THE PRESENTER

                          Sinead Smyth, LMFT is an Advanced Clinical Trainer in the research-based Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is a Consultant with The Gottman Institute. She is a former lawyer and the owner and Clinical Director of East Bay Relationship Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.

                          Sinead has personally trained with Drs. John and Julie Gottman since 2005 and presents couples weekend workshops based on Gottman principles across the U.S. She works with individuals, couples and professional organizations seeking to improve their most important relationships. She trains therapists in the US and Europe in Gottman Method Therapy.

                          Sinead also presents to leadership teams in organizations on effective leadership, stress and conflict management and communication skills.

                          This ONLINE WEBINAR meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

                          Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


                            Cancellation Policy

                            • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
                            • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
                            • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

                            Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

                          Upcoming events


                          CSCSW | PO Box 880712 | San Diego, CA 92168-0712 | (310) 254-9471 | info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org

                          Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software