Social work

Mark Abelson

Mark Abelson
(818) 677-7630
Office location:
SH 208


Mark Abelson, part-time lecturer, joined the CSUN Social Work Department in the spring of 2011. He also teaches in the CSUN Sociology Department. Abelson is a graduate of UCLA with a Master of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts. He is also a human relations consultant with over twenty years in human relations education and training and sixteen years in public education, including ten years at the post-secondary level. The primary focus of his consulting practice is the design, implementation and evaluation of programs related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

Courses Taught

  • SWRK 501 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SWRK 502 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SWRK 520 - Multiculturalism
  • SWRK 521 - Macro Practice I
  • SWRK 525 - Policy I
  • SWRK 621 - Advanced Social Work Practice in Urban Communities
  • SWRK 645 - Advanced Policy
  • SWRK 650G - Leadership


We Are Power: Community in Action Conference, QCSW: Queer Coalition of Social Workers, and member of Macro and Policy Sequence Committees

Abelson has also worked at United Way of Los Angeles addressing the issues and needs of children; individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and people affected by HIV/AIDS. He has also been a teacher for seven years in the LAUSD. Community volunteerism is extremely important to him. He is the Board Chair of the LA County LGBT Child Abuse Prevention Council, co-chair of the LAPD Professional Advisory Committee, and a member of the LAUSD Human Relations, Diversity & Equity Commission.