Congratulations to Kimberly Clark (MSW ‘93), who was awarded the 2011 Social Worker of the Year Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter at its annual conference held December 2, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.
Clark works as a bereavement counselor at Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Stark, and Carroll Counties. She has been in the social work field for more than 18 years, specializing in hospice social work, bereavement counseling, addiction counseling and family systems therapy.
Clark is best known for her unique gift of facilitating closure and healing work with her hospice and bereaved clients. One of her most memorable interventions involved pulling a prom together for a patient who regretted never having a prom because of a difficult senior year. The client passed away two weeks after the big event.
Clark’s philosophy as a social worker is to be someone who helps people understand they can be more than their circumstances. She received her BSW from Ohio University, MSW from The Ohio State University in 1993, and has served as adjunct teacher for Ohio University.
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Congratulations to Dr. Keith A. Anderson, who was awarded the Faculty Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) at the annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in Boston, MA. GSA’s annual scientific meeting brings together more than 3,500 of the brightest minds in the field of aging and is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world.
AGESW’s Faculty Achievement Award is given to early-stage faculty members with a record of excellence in teaching and research in gerontological social work. AGESW provides leadership in the areas of gerontological social work education, research, and policy, and fosters cooperation, collegiality, and an exchange of ideas among social work educators, researchers, and students committed to or interested in gerontology.
What should the College of Social Work and The Ohio State University do in the future to excel in their ability to meet the needs of current and former military members and their families?
How can the College of Social Work best prepare students for social work practice with active duty military and veterans?
These were two primary questions Dean Tom Gregoire sought answers to during an informal forum held on Monday, November 7, to discuss issues related to veterans and their families. Gregoire listened to attendees discuss how the College of Social Work and Ohio State can better serve students who are veterans, active duty, or family members of deployed service members. Also participating and representing the university were Colonel Mike Carrell, Veterans Resource Analyst for the Office of Undergraduate Education, and Mike Forrest, Program Director of Affirmative Action and Veterans Affairs for the Office of Human Resources.
Stillman Hall’s room 115 was filled with a variety of interested retired veterans, student veterans, social work students, agency employees from throughout the state, college faculty and staff, and more.
This was the first of future efforts sponsored by the college as it prepares to better serve those who have so dutifully served our country.