Los Angeles

Thank you to all members and prospective members for visiting the CASSW-Los Angeles page! We are dedicated to serving our students and supporting our local professionals. We encourage your input, membership and participation.

We strive to promote peer support, professional growth, and resource-sharing opportunities for local school social workers in order to enhance the delivery of social, emotional, educational and mental health services to students and families as well as foster advocacy and social change.


CASSW-Los Angeles was reactivated in 2004 through a collaboration of school social workers from Los Angeles Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, and local universities. Since then, the association has organized several successful professional development workshops, networking events, and conferences. Notable events include a widely-attended training on adolescent self-harm and two CASSW State Conferences.


We are currently seeking to grow our membership and social media presence. We invite you to join our CASSW-LA Facebook Page to help share events, tools, resources, and otherwise network and plan with fellow school social work colleagues in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

You may also check notifications on the CASSW Google Group for Board updates, job postings, resource sharing and other communication.

Please visit the CASSW Membership Registration Page to register as an official CASSW member. Access to CASSW Google Group Email List-Serv and other benefits require paid membership with the professional organization. Although paid membership is encouraged, we invite all school social workers and affiliates regardless of membership status to attend our local CASSW-LA events.


We are always aiming to reach new colleagues and are currently looking for school social workers interested in regional event-planning. Please contact us with any questions or ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cherie Hudson, LCSW, PPSC
CASSW-LA Region Coordinator
Adjunct Lecturer, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Patrick Baird, MSW, PPSC
CASSW-LA Region Committee
School Social Worker, Centinela Valley Union High School District

Tory Cox, LCSW, PPS
CASSW-LA Region Committee
Asst. Dean, Field Education, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Trinh Hong, MSW, PPSC
CASSW-LA Region Committee
Clinical Supervisor/Trainer
Verdugo Hills Autism Project

Yvette Loredo del Toro, MSW, PPSC
CASSW-LA Region Committee
Psychiatric Social Worker, Los Angeles Unified School District

Julie O’Donnell, Ph.D., MSW
CASSW-LA Region Committee
Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach

Hector Palencia, MA, LCSW, PPSC
CASSW-LA Region Committee
Field Education Faculty, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare