Sandra Chase MSW, ACSW has over forty years of experience in Child welfare, mental health, clinical supervision, training, and cultural responsiveness. She is an Adjunct Professor in the school of Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Ms. Chase is also an Academic advisor for Columbia University’s School of Social Work’s online program.
Ms. Chase currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Cultural Consortium and the Race and Trauma subcommittee. She has extensive experience in training on the importance of being trauma informed and antiracist while addressing systemic disparities, and implicit bias. She is an Adjunct Professor in the school of Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Ms. Chase is an advisor for Columbia University’s school of Social Work’s online program.
Ms. Chase was employed with Children’s Institute (CII) for 24 years. During her time with the agency, she performed a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the director of the Social Work Internship program and the director of Foster care program. Ms. Chase was an integral part of the agency’s training center and provided trainings on the impact of trauma, Adverse childhood experiences ACES, domestic violence, racism, systemic inequities, ,micro
Ms. Chase has served as a Field instructor for The University of Southern California for 22 years. During the 2014-15 school year the School of Social work honored CII’s Internship program, developed by Ms. Chase by naming CII as “Agency of the Year”. In 2016, USC recognized Ms. Chase with their most prestigious award, the Jules Levine Memorial “Distinguished Field Instructor Award”. Ms. Chase worked for the Arizona Department of Economic Security Children and Family Services for 14 years .She served as a Foster care supervisor, child abuse investigator and permanency specialist.
She was also utilized as a cultural consultant who assessed appropriateness for cross-cultural placements and transracial adoptions and she advocated for cultural responsiveness classes for Foster parents and Child welfare professionals.
Ms. Chase completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is certified in several training models and is a recipient of numerous academic and community awards.
During her lengthy career and leadership roles, Ms. Chase has always been invested in addressing disparities and instrumental in advocating for culturally appropriate and responses intervention strategies. Ms. Chase has over She has over 40 years of experience in both child welfare and mental health. She has is recognized as a culturally responsive, trauma- informed trainer whose experiences provides her with authentic and unique perspective.
Although she resides in Los Angeles, CA, she has been requested to provide trainings and workshops for clinicians, social workers and educators’ professionals across the country.