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Letter from the Director, Fall 2017

Dear Social Work and Gerontology students, Greetings and welcome to the School of Social Work! We are looking forward to another exciting and learning-filled year. These recent months have been a difficult time in our country as we have seen a rise in racism, antisemitism, intolerance, and in some cases, violence. This in turn has […]

Welcome to our new Field Director!

We are sad to say goodbye to Candy Elson but excited to welcome Amanda Lee, LCSW, as our new Field Director. Amanda’s areas of practice/interest include older adults,mental health, LGBTQ, and Asian Pacific Islanders. She has been a field instructor and is also a licensed social worker in New Zealand. Amanda’s most recent position was […]

Mental Health Training Program graduate Kimberly Beckstead featured on CalSWEC site!

“I have always been fascinated with the brain and mental health,” says Kimberly Beckstead, adding, “I have always loved probing and questioning how people think.” How that curiosity could lead to a career as a mental health social worker initially seemed farfetched. After all, the profession of social worker was foreign to her. But then […]

Jennifer Head, MSW Graduate, Presents Research to Community Agency

Jennifer Head, recent MSW graduate, presented her research to the staff of the Central Driving Under the Influence Program (DUIP) on June 13, 2017. The title of her research was: “Comparing Civilians and Military-Connected Participants in a DUI Program.” ​Results of her research may be useful in tailoring DUI counseling content to the specific military […]

Congratulating our Outstanding Students: Brooke Lopez, Cathy Aborn, and Briana Barajas!

Congratulations to our three outstanding students: Brooke Lopez (BSW) Cathy Aborn (MSW) Briana Barajas (MSW, Imperial Valley Campus) left to right: Brooke Lopez, Cathy Aborn, and Briana Barajas  

Congratulations to all our proud graduates!

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the College of Health and Human Services held its commencement ceremony at Viejas Arena.  Congratulations to all our proud graduates from the School of Social Work! See the photos!        

April is Earth Month and we feature an alumna who works for environmental justice – Diane Takvorian!

While earning my BS at SDSU I got involved in civil rights and the women’s movement. I worked with local organizations serving vulnerable communities and I decided that social work would be a better fit for me than seeking an advanced degree in Psychology. I really wanted to pursue a degree that reflected my social […]

April 20, 2017 – Executive Summit for students, field instructors, alumni, and agency administrators

The SDSU School of Social Work and Network for Social Work Management announce the 3rd annual Executive Summit for students, field instructors, alumni, and agency administrators. Executive Panel and Networking Event Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 Location San Diego 211 Offices 3860 Calle Fortunada, San Diego RSVP TODAY   This panel and networking […]

All School Day held March 10, 2017!

Each year the SDSU School of Social Work joins other schools across the country in celebrating Social Work Month by having an All School Day.   On 3/10 our social work students, faculty and staff heard a keynote speaker (Dr. Celia Williamson) and a group of local panel members (Chief Deputy DA Summer Stephan, social workers […]

Welcome, New MSW Admissions Director, Cheryl James!

Cheryl wishes to inspire students to be self-advocates along their career path and promote honesty about their strengths and limitations as they develop into the profession. She believes very strongly in self-care and enjoys hiking, gardening, doing crafts and spending quality time with her family exploring different parts of the San Diego community. Finally, her […]