Northern California


Thank you for looking into CASSW’s Northern Region.  The coordinator for this region is Larissa Krause, MSW, ASW, PPSC. Located in Humboldt County, Larissa is currently faculty for the Social Work department at Humboldt State University and also a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. As a credentialed school social worker, Larissa specializes is supporting children and families achieving healthy outcomes through counseling and neurofeedback services though Humboldt Neuro Health. Larissa welcomes questions about the Northern California region. Please contact her via email at:



To provide information to those who are exploring school social work as a potential career and to support current social workers by being responsive to their training needs and linking them to other regional, state and national efforts related to school social work.



Decades ago, one of the pioneers in the field of school social work, Dr. Marianne Pennekamp, advocated for a regional position to be added to the CASSW Board of Directors.  Her vision was to create a way to be more responsive the needs of social workers living in the rural regions in far Northern California. Dr. Pennekamp served in this position until 2007, when then passed to current CASSW Board Secretary Meg Walkley, who mentored Larissa in to the regional position.  Larissa works collaboratively with student services providers, administrators, teachers and community based organizations to expand training on topics such as trauma, adverse childhood experiences, the impact of adversity on development and behavior, resiliency, restorative practices, community healing, and promoting strong social-emotional development.



The Northern California Region covers the following counties: Del Norte, Mendocino, Glenn, Sierra, Lake, Trinity, Modoc, Siskiyou, Lassen, Shasta, Colusa, Humboldt, Tahema, Butte, Plumas


Upcoming Events


  • Humboldt State University (HSU) is in the final stages of developing a post MSW School Social Work program.  This online program is expected to begin by the Summer of 2019.
  • Bi Annual School Social Work mixers to be announced for the accadeic school year of 2018 -2019. Please email Larissa at for more information.


  •       A primary partner in training school social workers in the far northern region is the 0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative.  More information can be found at their website:
  •       In Humboldt County, there is an active student services network that meets regularly to share information and resources.  More information can be obtained by contacting HROP Coordinating Counselor, Susi Huschle: