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Help Celebrate Excellence in the Field of Social Work

This year’s conference theme – Social Work: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges – celebrates the work done by countless social workers to improve lives and communities.


Today, social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with more than 600,000 people employed in the field. Professional social workers tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our society. In every city and every community they develop solutions to make mental health and health care more available, to reduce poverty, to eliminate injustice and discrimination, and to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm.


Social workers contribute at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, schools, universities, non-profit agencies, corporations, hospitals, and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships and create hope and opportunity for people in need.


It is time once again to begin the selection process for NASW Georgia Chapter Annual Conference Social Work Awards:


Social Worker of the Year Award


The Social Worker of the Year Award allows us the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the achievements of an outstanding member of our profession.  Therefore, Chapter leadership urges all members to actively participate in the process by submitting nominations for this prestigious award.


The NASW Georgia Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award honors a NASW Georgia Chapter member who has demonstrated exceptional professional qualities that make her or him stand out beyond the expectations of her/his job.  The person nominated must: 

  • Be a member in good standing with NASW-GA

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities of an exceptional nature

  • Effectively integrate experience with education in an outstanding effort to help people

  • Show a willingness to take risks for improved social services

  • Enlist public support for improved social services

  • Contribute to the public’s knowledge of social work

  • Represent the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics 


Frankie V. Adams Lifetime Achievement Award


The Frankie V. Adams Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize a social worker who, throughout his or her life, has consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements on behalf of clients and the profession of social work.  In honoring the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, the Chapter is emphasizing the best social work values and accomplishments as demonstrated in a lifetime career.


The Frankie V. Adams Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of social work education pioneer Florence “Frankie” V. Adams, was a social work instructor at Atlanta University School of Social Work who developed the two year sequence in community organization method of practice with Whitney Young, Jr. Throughout her life, Adams maintained devotion to the education and motivation of young people, quietly providing financial assistance and counseling, room and board, and other monetary gifts to students to help them complete their studies.


In addition to meeting all of the criteria for Social Worker of the Year, the candidate must also demonstrate: 

  • Repeated outstanding achievements

  • Recognition beyond the social work profession

  • Contributions with a lasting impact

  • Outstanding creativity and courage 


David L. Levine Excellence in Education & Ethics Award


The Levine Excellence in Education & Ethics Award is named in honor of David L. Levine, PhD, who was a member of NASW for more than 44 years before passing away in June 2011, and who held numerous leadership positions and served as Chair of the NASW Georgia Chapter Committee on Ethics. The winning social worker will have actively promoted a culture that views ethics and education, training and development as an integral part of the social work profession. The award honors social workers who have made outstanding contributions in the area of education and ethics who exemplify the characteristics and values in the NASW Code of Ethics[1] and most specifically, Section 5.01: 

  • Works toward maintenance and promotion of high standards of practice; upholds and advances the values, ethics, knowledge, and mission of the profession; protects, enhances and improves the integrity of the profession through appropriate study and research, active discussion, and responsible criticism of the profession.

  • Contributes time and professional expertise to activities that promote respect for the value, integrity, and competence of the social work profession. These activities may include teaching, [use of] research, consultation, service, and legislative testimony, presentations in the community and participation in their professional organizations.

  • Contributes to the knowledge base of social work and shares with colleagues their knowledge related to practice, research, and ethics [and] seeks to contribute to the profession’s literature and to share their knowledge at professional meetings and conferences.

  • Acts to prevent the unauthorized and unqualified practice of social work. 

Criteria (Excellence in Education):


  • Significant contributions in social work education and promotion and awareness of ethics in practice which exemplify the highest degree of professional excellence.
  • Significant contributions to the advancement and building of the social work profession.
  • Outstanding accomplishment in bringing a passion and creativity to their work 

Criteria (Excellence in Ethics):

  • Demonstrated personal commitment to engage in ethical practice
  • Demonstrated contributions in education and promotion and awareness of ethics and ethical practice and standards
  • Represent/exemplify the characteristics associate with the values in the NASW Code of Ethics (Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity and Competence).


Kenneth F. Jasnau Community Practice / Community Organizing Award 

The Kenneth F. Jasnau Community Practice / Community Organizing Award is named in honor of NASW Georgia Chapter Charter Member Kenneth F. Jasnau, ACSW, LMSW.  The award recognizes a NASW Georgia Chapter member who exemplifies the social work profession with outstanding service in the area of community practice / community organizing to individuals and populations served by social workers.

The nominee’s qualifications should:

  • Make a significant community practice contribution to the planning and implementation of a community related effort;

  • Engage in social work concentrating upon the organized development of community social welfare through coordination of public and private agencies;

  • demonstrate leadership skills in the field of human services, community practice, community organizing,  and/or administration/management;

  • show evidence of personal and professional integrity in advocating for clients;

  • demonstrate willingness to enlist public support for improved social services; and/or

  • reflect the highest ethical standards in area of endeavor as define in the NASW Code of Ethics.  

 Candidates may also be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • significant contribution to social policy and/or social change made at an agency and/or local or state  level;

  • demonstration of  exemplary leadership and initiative in responding to social needs;

  • demonstration of significant contribution in social policy, community social work practice, program development, community organizing, administration, and/or research;

  • contributions to the development of agency programs that focus on social change issues, development of agency services, advocacy, or other kinds of community service; and/or

  • be a strong and visible public advocate for clients and/or services.


Nomination Application/Packet

The completeness and presentation of your nomination materials will influence the selection process. Please be sure to make a clear description of the exceptional contributions your nominee has made and, if possible, include a current resume.  Your nomination should include newspaper clippings, articles, and other materials that will help the selection committee get a complete impression of the candidate.  The recipients of the awards will be personally notified and an announcement of their selection will be posted on the Chapter web site and published in our newsletter.

Chapter Award Nominations Must Include 

1. Title of the award for which your candidate is being nominated:

  • Social Worker of the Year Award

  • Frankie V. Adams Lifetime Achievement Award

  • David L. Levine Excellence in Education & Ethics Award

  • Kenneth F. Jasnau Community Practice / Community Organizing Award 

2. Name of Nominee


3. Nominee’s Current Position & Employer


4. Business Address


5. Business & Home Phone Numbers


6. Description of Nominee’s Contributions and/or Activities

    (You may include the nominee’s resume, news articles featuring the nominee and letters of support)


7. Name, Address, Phone Number and Signature of Nominator 


Nominations must be submitted to the NASW Georgia Chapter Office by Sunday, September 4, 2016 on the Chapter web site or mailed to NASW Georgia Chapter, 100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 830, Atlanta, GA 30303.