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Liza Arellano, DSW

Assistant Professor in Social Work
Program Director, BSW

Office Phone: 951-552-8409
Office Location: James 285
Office Hours: varies

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DSW California Baptist University 2022
MSW Child Welfare California State University, San Bernardino 2008
BA Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2006
  • Additional Education

    Management Leadership Academy, Management Development Program (MDP) November 2017, Graduated from competitive, county-sponsored succession planning program, through CSUSB, designed for those looking to promote into a management position. Program including training in critical areas such as collaborative networking to effective leadership, teamwork and workplace motivation. The program included a coaching component with incumbent managers in order to gain insight into the challenges of management.

  • Courses Taught

    Advanced Generalist Practice I
    Field Practicum I-IV
    Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    Mental Health First Aid
    Social Work Management and Leadership
    Trauma in Children
    Case Management

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Specific interests include better outcomes for youth in congregate care, preventative child welfare services, and the effectiveness of on-the-job training for child welfare social workers.

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU


  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    -Doctoral Comprehensive Project: "Step Up to Step Down, California: Engaging Caregivers in Training Solutions."
    -Master’s Thesis/Research Project: “A Strength-Based Perspective on Group Homes” using a mixed method approach of qualitative and quantitative data collection.
    -Children’s Network Conference, September 2019, Presented a workshop, representing San Bernardino County’s Children and Family Services in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) on the implementation of Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), an in-home mental health services program for children needing specialty mental health services including physical and behavioral support, educational coordination, social skills support, transitional support services and community services and supports.
    -California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Children and Youth Specialty Mental Health Services Regional Provider Convening, February 2019, Speaker/Panelist for Southern California regional convening for Foster Family Agencies (FFA), Short Term-Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTP), County Mental Health Plans, Child Welfare and Probation agencies regarding the AB1299 and STRTP transition process.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church in Moreno Valley, CA

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Dr. Arellano has volunteered for many years at her local church to provide multiple supportive services including providing child care in children’s nursery, organizing community outreaches, coordinating food drives and teaching Sunday School.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Dr. Arellano and her husband are longtime residents of Riverside County and are involved in the children’s ministry at their local church, The Potter’s House. She has a passion for children involved with the child welfare system, having adopted her two sons. She has traveled domestically and internationally to Mexico, China and France. She enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants and family get togethers with her large extended family.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Dr. Arellano appreciates the vision of the Social Work Department at CBU and its role in addressing the growing needs of the vulnerable, oppressed and marginalized populations in the Inland Empire, through the development of competent and faith-based professional social workers. A guiding scripture is Colossians 3:24-26, "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”