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National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter
Annual Awards - 2018

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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A highlight of Social  Work Month celebrations across Tennessee in March 2018 will be the presentation of social work awards at the Branch and Chapter  level. Please review the information below and make nominations to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals making a difference in our state. NASW members and others may nominate individuals for the Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Social Work Student Awards. Nominations for the Public Citizen of the Year and Public Official of the Year may only be made by NASW members. NASW-TN Branches will select local award winners and the winners of those awards will be submitted for consideration for the Chapter Awards. The Chapter Awards will be presented at the 2018 Social Work Day on the Hill on Tuesday, March 20.

 

Social Worker of the Year

The Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of NASW who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments. In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, NASW highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work.

 Nominations for Social Worker of the Year should address

  • How the nominee has consistently demonstrated their commitment to the six core values and ethical principles of the social work profession -- Service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence
  • The accomplishments of the nominee,
  • What challenges the nominee faced to achieve results,
  • Who has benefited from the nominee’s efforts, and
  • The nominee’s contributions to NASW and the social work profession.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an NASW member in celebration of a lifetime of accomplishments. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the best social work values and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.

 Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award should address:

  • How the nominee has consistently demonstrated their commitment to the six core values and ethical principles of the social work profession -- Service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence,
  • The outstanding accomplishments of the nominee across their lifetime,
  • What challenges the nominee faced to achieve results,
  • The nominee’s recognition beyond the social work profession,
  • The lasting impact that has resulted from the nominee’s efforts, and
  • The nominee’s contribution to NASW and the social work profession.

 

Social Work Student of the Year

The Social Work Student of the Year Award honors a student member of NASW who is enrolled at least half-time (as defined by their school) in a graduate or undergraduate social work program who has created a positive influence on classmates for the profession, and maintained academic achievement. This award may be presented to both a BSW and MSW student.

 Nominations for the Social Work Student of the Year Award should address:

  • How the nominee has integrated social work knowledge, skills, attitudes and values,
  • The accomplishments of the nominee both at the university and in the community,
  • What challenges the nominee faced to achieve results, and
  • Who has benefited from the nominee’s efforts.


Public Citizen of the Year

The Public Citizen of the Year award honors an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of the profession of social work. The award winner is not a social worker.

 Nominations for the Public Citizen of the Year should address:

  • What the nominee accomplished,
  • Who the beneficiaries were, and
  • How the nominee’s accomplishments relate to social work..

 

Public Official of the Year

The Public Official of the Year Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions of a governmental official who has shown leadership in the formulation of public policy, particularly policies that affect social justice, health care, education, civil and human rights, and social practice.

 Nominations should address:

  • Nature of leadership demonstrated on issues of concern to the social work profession,
  • Short and long-term effect of his or her leadership, and
  • How the social work profession and those served have been positively affected.

  


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