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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.


MSW Lunch & Learn - Tuesday, February 5th

What: Lunch and Learn

When: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Where: Whitsett Room (SH-451)

Time: 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM

Who: Eric Cooley, CSUN MSW Alumni

Eric will be facilitating a meditation exercise and talking about meditation and therapy.


2019 African-American Mental Health Conference - Save the Date!
Thursday, February 28th

Engaging & Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, & Action
Presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

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