In addition to dedicating a decade of his life to providing face-to-face clinical services to hundreds of clients, Tony has undergone a rigorous academic and experiential training process, which includes:

  • Completion of a two-year master’s degree in Social Welfare from an accredited national university, including a two-year supervised clinical internship of 1,000 hours
  • Completion of two years post master’s degree supervision in clinical practice, including a two-year clinical internship of 3,200 hours
  • Successful passage of the State of California’s written and oral licensing examinations to practice psychotherapy and other forms of clinical social work independently
  • Acceptance by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work as an advanced-level clinical social work practitioner


Moreover, Tony maintains professional standards through:

  • Regulation by the State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Continuing education through universities, professional seminars, professional workshops and other sources
  • Abiding by a stringent Code of Ethics set forth by the State, the National Association of Social Workers (see below) and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work


naswlogoNASW Code of Ethics

Core Values and Ethical Principles

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.

Value: Service
Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Value: Social Justice
Ethical Principle: Social Workers challenge social injustice.

Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Value: Importance of Human Relationships
Ethical Principle: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.

Value: Integrity
Ethical Principle: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.

Value: Competence
Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise