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Please click here to view our 2013 MSW Student Thesis Showcase!


CSULB MSW Students Shine In Community Projects I & II

Every year, CSULB MSW social work students break into small groups to assess and engage communities during Community Projects I & II.

CSULB MSW Students participate in Literacy Night, holding colorful signs.Power Point Image of Sex Trafficking Presentation

(left to right: One group of Students holds a Literacy Night, and another creates a powerful presentation about Sex Trafficking)

Whether  designing new intake or volunteer recruitment procedures, improving groups serving siblings of children with autism, training teachers to work better with the GLBTQ populations, training youth to reduce human trafficking or police confrontations, increasing awareness of mental health programs, improving voter turn-out, or encouraging social advocacy to reduce the impact of environmental toxicity, these projects are making a difference in the communities served by the School of Social Work. 

All this hard work not only benefits the community directly, but the projects these students undertake can provide a wealth of information and resources far beyond the framework of one semester of experience.

If you would like to learn more, click on the link below to see this impressive work in detail.

Click here to read more about the exciting work CSULB MSW students are doing in Community Projects!

CSULB Alum Awarded The 2013 Annual Prevention Award

The School of Social Work is proud to acknowledge that on Dec 12th, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, CSULB alum Tory Cox (LCSW/PPS) was awarded the 2013 Annual Prevention Award, by the End Abuse Long Beach Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention Council .

Photo of Tory Cox

Tory is the Assistant Director of Field Education and Clinical Associate Professor at the USC School of Social Work, as well as the Field Coordinator for the Social Work & Business in a Global Society Concentration.

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Senior BSW Student Awarded NASW Birdwoman Scholarship

Farrah Ferris, Senior BSW student at CSULB has been selected as one of NASW California Chapter's first Native American Birdwoman Scholars. She has the distinction of being the only recipient in the Greater Los Angeles area. Ms. Ferris was kind enough take time to discuss what the scholarship, Social Work and her connection to the Native American community means to her.

NASW Award Recipient Farrah Ferris

School of Social Work: So from what you told us, the Birdwoman Scholarship came about from a woman who was a Native American social worker. Tell us a little about the Native American tribal experience growing up.

Farrah Ferris: I’m from the village of Medildiñ in the Hoopa Valley, which is the largest reservation in California. Even so, it is only 12 square miles, with a population of around 3,500 people. Fishing is a huge part of the Hoopa way of life, and right now they are fighting for the release of four dams. Salmon has been a sustainable food source for them for centuries.

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Social Work Alumni Win LACDMH Awards

Recently the CSULB School of Social Work was proud to learn that two of its alumni from the MSW Program had received prestigious awards from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Jeffrey Baer holding his Employee of The Year awardWe sat down with Jeffrey Baer (MSW @ CSULB, Employee of The Year) and Kendra Lyman (BSW & MSW @ CSULB, Team Award Winner) at their workplace at the Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program, along with Heather Jensen (Program Director, Long Beach State alumna) and Jean Lima (37 years with LACDMH, co-winner of Team Award with Kendra).

Jean Lima (left) and Kendra Lyman holding their LACDMH Team Award.

School of Social Work: How do you think your MSW helped you/didn’t help you prepare for this job?

Kendra: I think the best part of the MSW was the internship. But there were definitely a couple of professors who helped encourage me or guide me at times when I needed it.

Both Jeff and Kendra’s internships were with Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program (LBCAP).

Jeff: Right, it was like it didn’t seem as real until the internship. That was a question I had while I was in the program, but in reality, there is no way to prepare you. The education is a part of it, but it is also your experience, that you bring to it...

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CSULB Social Work Grad Student Earns Scholarship, Travels To U.S. Virgin Islands

school of social work logoSt. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands aerial view


al State Long Beach graduate student Lupita Cardenas’ research on unorthodox healing methods in the Latino community took her to the U.S. Virgin Islands last week. Click HERE to read more!



Social Work Professor Receives NIH Grant to Explore an HIV Testing Intervention Model

The School of Social Work is very pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Alex Washington (“Alex”), has been awarded a two-year, $397,375 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and pilot test an intervention model to increase HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men (BMSM). 

Dr. Alex Washington

The project, entitled, “Exploring an HIV Testing Intervention Model” (TIM Project) will explore the effectiveness of a motivational video intervention to increase HIV testing among young BMSM. Seen below is a still image from one of the videos.

Still Image of TIM Video of two young black men in a car

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