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Catharine Ralph

Field Consultant, Lecturer and Title IV-E Project Coordinator

CATHARINE RALPH is a field consultant and lecturer at the School of Social Welfare. She has also served as the Title IV-E project coordinator since 2007. She is proud to be a Bear faculty member for over 20 years.

Following a 16-year career in public child welfare, Ralph has worked at UC Berkeley with students, faculty, agencies and colleagues, preparing new professionals for their careers in public child welfare and supporting families after child maltreatment issues have been identified.

Ralph places incoming Title IV-E students in schools and nonprofit agencies that serve the families who use child welfare services. She assists IV-E students to obtain their second year internships among 11 Bay Area counties. She teaches Title IV-E field seminars and a culminating course in public child welfare.

She previously worked for Alameda County Social Services Agency in various child welfare programs. She was a field instructor there, and provided both individual and group supervision hours for LCSW and MFCC candidates. Simultaneously, she taught an undergraduate social work methods course at San Jose State University from 1984-1993 and a large undergraduate methods class at UC Berkeley in 1988, and its smaller versions in the 2000s.  She has chaired the School Social Work Committee and taught graduate social work methods courses.  

Additionally, Ralph has served in various professional leadership roles for more than 20 years -- nationally, statewide and locally -- for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Currently, she is in her second term as a member of the Child Welfare Section Committee which selects articles for publication in a national topical newsletter. Most recently, she was appointed to a committee that organizes the California Social Work Hall of Distinction and selects its annual inductees.  

In community service, Ralph was a Commissioner for the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women (1997-2010), holding various offices, including commission chair. There, she headed several of their committees (e.g., Affirmative Action, Bylaws, Domestic Violence, and Gender & Racial Equity). Since leaving the Commission, she has been appointed as a judge for two of its annual Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame nominations and selections.  

Ralph is most interested in the enriching and challenging aspects of the multicultural provider and client communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. She maintains both an LCSW license and a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential.