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We are undergoing a rebuild!

The WSSCSW is currently undergoing a rebuild process after the internal collapse of the board in 2023. We currently have a transitional board in place, whose task is to help restore the internal functionality of the organization and prepare to welcome a permanent board of directors who will lead us into the future as a thriving, connected, diverse, inclusive, and values driven professional organization of clinical social workers. 

If you have reached out in the past and not received a response, please know that the transitional board does not have access to any of the email accounts and cannot see your messages. You can now reach the transitional board by emailing the temporary address at and the appropriate transitional board member will see your message. Please be patient with us. We are all fellow members, volunteering in this transitional rebuild role and we do not have the administrative support that the board previously enjoyed. There is a lot of construction going on behind the scenes, so bear with us! We will be keeping members updated with regular email announcements and posting the transitional board minutes in the members-only section of the website. 


Transitional Co-Presidents, Tanya Ranchigoda, LICSW and Lisa Stub, LICSW

Transitional Secretary, Jamie Weber, LICSW

Transitional Treasurer, Stacy McFarland, LICSW

Transitional Communications Chair, Lara Okoloko, LICSW

Transitional Membership Chair, Denise Malm, LICSW

Transitional Associates Co-Chairs, Melissa Wood Brewster, LICSW and Andy Ensor, LICSW-A

Welcome to Washington State
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 client's 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 is taking active steps to identify and eliminate the enduring and insidious legacy of colonialism, white supremacy, and systems of 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.



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