Hillsides Approved as Continuing Education Provider
The Hillsides training team that worked to have Hillsides approved as a an Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider are, left to right:  Alesia Starks, clinical training coordinator, Samira Vishria, director of training, and Jacqueline Camacho-Gutierrez, clinical training coordinator

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2017 – Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity, has been approved as an Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider. The approval shows that Hillsides has met rigorous standards and demonstrated the ability to offer high-quality continuing education activities to licensed clinical social workers and licensed marriage and family therapists.  The approval process was rigorous, taking nine months. 

All licensed clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists must complete a certain amount of continuing education hours, such as diversity and substance abuse training, in order to maintain their licenses.  This new designation by the Association of Social Work Boards will make life easier for Hillsides’ some 70 therapists and social workers.

 “Instead of having to go outside the agency to receive the training, our licensed staff can now get credit for the training they do at Hillsides,” explains Hillsides Director of Training Samira Vishria.  

The Association of Social Work Boards is a nonprofit organization composed of and owned by the social work regulatory boards and colleges in the United States and Canada.  It owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely.

About Hillsides

Hillsides and its affiliate Bienvenidos are dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves 13,000 children and families in Southern California throughout more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. To learn more about both agencies, visit and Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.


Alison Bell

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