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NASW Foundation Honors Dr. Carlton Munson with the 2008 Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award

Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation is pleased to announce that Carlton Munson, Ph.D., LCSW, has been awarded the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award for his exemplary contributions to social work through health and mental health policy.

Dr. Munson has been active in clinical practice throughout his social work career. His commitment to children’s mental health services spans 40 years and is evident through his work with the Maryland Mental Health and Department of Social Services at the state, county and local department levels. Dr. Munson has also worked as a clinical consultant to the Veterans Administration Center in Washington, DC, the University of Texas Medical School Department of Psychology in Houston and at a number of children’s mental health treatment centers.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Munson is noted for his testimony as a clinical expert in two State of Maryland Court of Appeals child welfare cases, which established the right of clinical social workers to make mental health diagnoses and to testify as expert witnesses in court. This was a significant accomplishment for clinical social work practice and the social work profession.

An esteemed professor, Dr. Munson has taught social work practice at the BSW, MSW and doctoral levels, serving for seven years as the Director of the University of Maryland School of Social Work doctoral program. He has authored more than 10 books and is currently in private practice specializing in treatment for traumatized children. He continues to serve as a clinical consultant to several mental health facilities in the state of Maryland. Dr. Munson has received many honors throughout his career, and was most recently recognized with the Washington County Maryland Department of Social Services Community Partnership Award in 2006 for his clinical work on behalf of children and families.

It is with great honor that the NASW Foundation presents Dr. Carlton Munson with the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award.

For more information about the award, or to interview Dr. Munson, please contact the NASW Communications Department at (202) 336-8277 or

About the Knee/Wittman Awards
The Knee/Wittman Awards recognize individuals who are models of excellence and have made significant contributions in the field of health and mental health. The Knee/Wittman Award Program was established to recognize those who represent the values, ethics and approaches exemplified by two dedicated social work pioneers, Ruth Knee and Milton Wittman.  The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has had a significant impact on national health or mental health public policy, professional standards or program models.

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NASW is the largest association of social workers in the world, with nearly 150,000 members in 56 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.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.