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Social Work

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The mission of the CSUN Department of Social work is to prepare professional social workers for anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice with individuals, families and communities in the urban setting.  Our mission reflects both the universal values of social work “to promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities” while reflecting the unique context of California State University Northridge—an urban setting in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County.  We offer a single concentration:  advanced generalist social work practice. This focus offers students the opportunity to learn strategies for working in any urban environment at the micro (individual/family), mezzo (group/community) and macro (policy/societal) levels.

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the California State University, Department of Social Work is to prepare professional social workers to be anti-oppressive, socially just agents of change by promoting well-being in urban settings. As an advanced generalist program with a focus on urban communities, the Department will teach and create collaborative learning experiences with students.


Urban settings describe communities with densely populated areas and a vast array of subcultures. Utilizing a lens that espouses an intersectional, trauma-informed collaborative perspective, the Department celebrates a strengths-based inclusive identity, emphasized by the shared experiences of community, culture, and location.


We will:

  • Examine and apply an intersectionality, power, and privilege lens to address social, political, and systemic change.
  • Empower and be relevant to the diverse needs of the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural San Fernando Valley and its surrounding communities.
  • Advocate for an equitable and socially just society.
  • Enhance critical consciousness through research, practice, and trauma-informed knowledge, values, and skills.


New White Paper from CSUN MSW Faculty, Lauren Willner, Ph.D., MSW:

What do the Teachers Want? Educators' Opinions About Being Armed in the Classroom to Prevent School-Based Gun Violence

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, 2018, Dr. Willner conducted a national survey about the opinions America’s educators hold about being armed in their classrooms. The study is an important first step in gathering data to be used in decision making about how to best protect our students and schools. Click on the link above to read the paper (.pdf).


2019 African-American Mental Health Conference - Engaging and Empowering Communities Through Education, Advocacy and Action
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201. S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA. 90015

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is pleased to sponsor and host
the 2019 African American Mental Health Conference. The theme of the conference is “Engaging
and Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, and Action.” The conference will bring
together mental health and allied professionals, policy makers, consumers and stakeholders to improve
awareness regarding mental health issues and its impact on families and communities. The conference
features keynote addresses by Altha J. Stewart, M.D. and Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Ph.D., two internationally
renowned scholars and practitioners in the field of mental health and social issues that concern African
Americans. The conference will conclude with an address by Sheryl Underwood, M.A. who will share
her personal story of how she became a trauma survivor. The conference attendees will be educated
on culturally effective treatment modalities, and inspired by those who have experienced severe trauma
and mental illness, and their journey to recovery. Twenty (20) diverse workshops on a myriad of topics
that impact African Americans with mental illness will be presented.

LA County Staff $65
Non LA County Staff $90
DMH Student Interns $35 (must email w student identification to access student rate code)

For more information, view/download the event program here or contact:

Visit & either create an account or sign in to register for the conference.


Lunch and Learn with Patrick Muro
March 5, 2019 from 12:15pm to 1:45pm - Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451)

What: Lunch and Learn
When: March 5, 2019
Where: The Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451)
Time: 12:15pm – 1:45pm
Who: Patrick Muro, CSUN MSW Alumni

Patrick will be talking to first-year students about interview tips for second-year field placement.