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Society for Clinical Social Work

Our mission is to provide clinical training and support, legislative advocacy on mental health and social service concerns, protection of clients' rights, and economic vitality for clinical social workers. The organization recognizes the enduring impact of racial oppression. WSSCSW is committed to anti-racist practices and in taking active steps to identify and eliminate the enduring and insidious legacy of colonialism, white supremacy, and systems oppression more broadly both inside and outside the organization.


Language- Four Indo-European languages ​​(Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese) are politically dominant in each country in the Americas. Native languages ​​have been denied to indigenous people through punitive actions by colonizers, the settler culture stripping the value and prestige of native tongues, limiting their use and forcing foreign names on their bodies.
For our events, training, and programming we will use English as the central language. However, we would like to acknowledge and bring awareness that this is a settler language imposed upon those indigenous to the land.

We would also like to honor the linguistic diversity of the American continent through recognition and making visible the various indigenous languages as well as the languages ​​of Afro-descendant communities in Latin America. These include, and are not limited to, Garifuna, Patua, Creole, and Palenquero.

Labor- We recognize that many enslaved, indentured and incarcerated peoples were forced to dedicate their work to the construction of cities throughout Washington state, such as Seattle. For these peoples and their descendants, we recognize their indelible mark in the space in which we gather for our events. Finally, in recognizing that this land is colonized indigenous territory that has been designed through forced labor, it is our collective responsibility to critically interrogate the stories and later lives of these events, and to honor, protect, and sustain this land.

Native Land- We ask that those who are members and who engage with the Society reflect on the lands in which we reside and acknowledge all the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of indigenous people who have been here since time immemorial. 
We want to acknowledge that many of our events, trainings, and programming occurs in the territories and along the waters of the Salish Coastal people. As uninvited guests, we are operating on lands in Washington state belonging to the:

hinook Nation
, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Duwamish Tribe, Hoh Indian Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Lummi Nation, Makah Tribe, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Samish Indian Nation, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Shoalwater Bay Tribe, Skokomish Indian Tribe, Snohomish Tribe of Indians, Snoqualmie Tribe, Snoqualmoo Nation, Spokane Tribe of Indians, Squaxin Island Tribe, Steilacoom Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Suquamish Tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Tulalip Tribes, Upper Skagit Tribe.



with Kelsey M. Conrick, MPH and Dr. Megan Moore

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
This presentation will detail new and existing policy options for social workers who may need to facilitate temporary, voluntary, or involuntary, firearm removal from clients at imminent risk of harming themselves or others. 
Register Today!

Being Bold in the Face of Adversity! Examining Imposter Syndrome and Reaffirming Your Worth!
with Dr. Natalie Hart
Thursday, February 24, 2022
For many folks, societal standards are not inclusive of all. These standards of excellence are often set out of reach and exacerbate the negative talk that we do daily, "What am I doing here? How did I get here? This must be a mistake?" In this interactive presentation, you will learn to SQUASH those thoughts and catapult your self-worth!
Registration & Information

For more information and to register for
Counseling Muslims: Tips On Providing Culturally Informed Treatment visit the Events Calendar

WSSCSW Newsletter
Find past issues and guidelines for submissions.

Read the most recent issue

Newsletter highlight: Member, Lara Okoloko LICSW (she/hers), was interviewed for a KUOW piece on fentanyl use and the impact on adolescents and their families. This engaging interview is helpful to any mental health provider and the community who is looking for more knowledge and understanding around substance abuse.

Listen to the interview- A Cautionary Tale of Teen Fentanyl Abuse Prompts Advice for Parents and Friends

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
PO Box 252 • Everett, WA  98206 • admin@wsscsw.org


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