Social work

Luis Curiel

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IUC Consultant
(818) 677-4648
Office location:
SH 293


Luis O. Curiel, CalSWEC Field Consultant and Part-time Lecturer, joined the CSUN faculty in the Spring of 2011. Mr. Curiel oversees the Inter-University Consortium Child Welfare Stipend program. He received his MSW from California State University, Northridge in 2008 making him the first CSUN
MSW alumni to join faculty. Mr. Curiel teaches the Child Welfare Services elective courses including Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief in Urban Settings and Spanish Conversation for Clinicians and Community Organizers as well as introductory Child Welfare to undergraduate sociology students. In addition, Mr. Curiel’s child welfare and community mental health experience includes working as a Children’s Social Worker for the Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) where he investigated cases of child abuse and neglect in an emergency response capacity as well as provided Family Maintenance and Reunification services to families with medically fragile/terminally ill children in the Department’s Medical Case Management Services unit. Also, Mr. Curiel has seven years of experience working with the medically fragile/terminally ill child and adolescent population through his work with the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House of Charities non-profit organization. In addition, he has worked as a Bilingual, In-Home Outreach Counselor providing Family Preservation services to Spanish-speaking families under the supervision of the DCFS. Mr.Curiel’s teaching experience includes working for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where he developed literacy curriculum for K-3rd grade students and taught professional development, community service/organizing, creative teaching techniques and methods to literacy tutors, LAUSD teachers and community-based literacy tutoring programs. Mr. Curiel currently serves as founding President of CSUN's MSW Alumni Association.


  • MSW, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, California State University, Northridge, Psychology

Courses Taught

  • Social Work Practice in Multicultural Settings
  • Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief
  • Child Welfare Practice