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Dr. Scott Giacomucci first recipient of Emerging Social Work Leader Award

Scott Giacomucci

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce Pennsylvania social worker Dr. Scott Giacomucci is the first recipient of its Emerging Social Work Leader Award for his impressive accomplishments in trauma treatment, group work, social work education and research, and work as an advocate for people in prison and youth detention centers.

“Dr.  Giacomucci has made tremendous strides for someone so new to the social work profession,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “He has shown an astute keenness to take on a leadership role in promoting the field of psychodrama; and he’s actively engaged in publishing research that advances excellence in social work clinical practice.”

The Emerging Social Work Leader Award honors a member of NASW who has been in practice for five years or less and has demonstrated outstanding contributions as a leader at the beginning phase of their career.

At the age of 27, Giacomucci may be one of the youngest people to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s doctorate in social work program. He is already director of experiential trauma services at the Mirmont Treatment Center and founder and director of Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, LLC, in Media, PA. He is also chair of the Professional Liaison and Research Committees of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.

Giacomucci is also an emerging leader on an international level, especially in the psychodrama and group psychotherapy communities. He has presented at events in Ukraine, Puerto Rico, China, Canada, Sweden and Turkey.

He is an adjunct professor at Bryn Mawr College and is engaged in research, publishing his work in the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, the Journal of Social Work with Groups and other journals.

“This year during Social Work Month in March and beyond NASW is focusing on social workers of all generations who have made and continue to make a positive impact on society,” McClain said. “With social work leaders such as Dr. Giacomucci on the rise I’m assured the social work profession will have an especially bright future.”


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.