Programs & Initiatives

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The impetus for CalSWEC’s creation was to increase the numbers and improve the preparation of social workers to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families in the public sector.

As the need for professional social work staff in other settings has grown, CalSWEC has broadened its scope. Today, it assists both current and future social workers by providing professional education, student support, in-service training, and workforce evaluation research in the fields of (1) child welfare, including foster youth, (2) mental/behavioral health, and (3) aging.

Child Welfare

CalSWEC’s Child Welfare Program supports future social workers through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program and current social workers through training and education offered by the In-Service Training Coordination Project.

Integrated Behavioral Health Program

The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Program provides funding for the MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Program for MSW students at California schools of social work who are planning careers in the mental/behavioral health system. 


Older adults are the nation's fastest growing population, with more of them living in California than any other state. Here you'll find out how CalSWEC's Aging Initiative is preparing the state's social work workforce to engage with older adults and adults with disabilities to make a positive impact on their quality of life and health care costs.