NASW Announces 2012 National Achievement Award Winners

Honorees help veterans, survivors of natural disasters, substance users, and the poor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) today announced the four recipients of its 2012 national awards program. The awards are given for the Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Citizen of the Year, and Public Elected Official of the Year.

This year's recipients include social workers who helped survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and increased professional and public understanding of the trauma Vietnam veterans may experience; a judge who found ways to secure treatment for people addicted to alcohol or drugs; and a Texas lawmaker who has advocated for the elderly, poor families and at-risk youth.

"NASW is proud to honor the selfless service these individuals have given to some of the most vulnerable members of our society," said NASW President Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW. "Their work demonstrates the positive impact that social workers, citizens and public officials who support social work causes can make. They have made this world a better place."

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Award recipients are:

Karon Konner, MSW - Social Worker of the Year: Konner is a clinical social worker at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she works with the most vulnerable patients. In addition, she is a mental health specialist for the Massachusetts-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, where she deploys domestically and internationally in response to natural and man-made disasters. Konner has provided crisis intervention and support to survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, ACSW - Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Scurfield is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi. In his 45-year career, Scurfield has made extraordinary contributions to the profession and society. Dr. Scurfield has a distinguished reputation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a clinician, innovative therapy and program developer, educator, and researcher publishing on topics such as Vietnam War and other war-related trauma, post-disaster interventions, race-related trauma, and exposure and experientially-based therapy.

The Honorable Jeffrey Ford, JD - Public Citizen of the Year: Ford is the Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. In March of 1999, Judge Ford founded the Champaign County Adult Drug Court and has served there for the past 13 years. Under his leadership and direction, Champaign has one of the most successful drug courts in the state. Since its inauguration the drug court has saved not only scores of defendants who faced repeated incarceration and possible death, but their families and communities that would have been negatively affected if these defendants had not beat back their addictions.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) - Public Elected Official of the Year: During his tenure in Congress Rep. Doggett has supported the social work profession and been an exceptionally brave voice for equity and social justice not for only Texas, but for the entire country. Rep. Doggett has advocated for people who are poor, disadvantaged, elderly, and at-risk youth and also has supported legislation that assists with funding legal services for those who are in most need.

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