North Central Texas - Dallas Area
The North Central Texas-Dallas Branch of NASW/Texas covers the following counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall.
Schools of Social Work in the North Central Texas-Dallas Branch include: Texas A&M University - Commerce.
Nancy Jensen, LCSW (pictured above, left), Interim Branch Chair (2015-2017)
Doris Marshall, LCSW (pictured above, right), Interim Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative (2015-2017)
Alex Huffman, LCSW, Region 3 Board Member (2016-2019)
Andrea Alisauski, LMSW
Mary V. (Vickie) Johnson, LCSW
Libby Kay, LCSW, ACSW
Linda Openshaw, DSW, LCSW, ACSW
Kathi Turner, LCSW, ACSW
Mary Wallace, LCSW, ACSW
2016 nasw/north central texas - dallas branch awardees
Lifetime Achievement Award
Larry Watson, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, of University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work (Retired)
Social Worker of the Year
Susan Clark, PhD, LCSW-S, adjunct faculty at University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work
Social Work Student of the Year
Valdemar G. Gomez-Garcia, student at Texas A & M Commerce
Public Elected Official of the Year
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, for his work in the area of domestic violence
Public Citizen of the Year
Paul Hendricks, President of the Veterans Center of North Texas, an all-volunteer organization helping Dallas-Fort Worth veterans
Steve Thompson, reporter for Dallas Morning News, for his series, "The Long Way Home", about a homeless couple rebuilding their lives.
Attendance at the Dallas NASW Awards event in March was great! There were more than 70+ attendees. NASW Dallas Branch Social Worker of the Year Dr. Susan Clark was accompanied by some of her clients who had overcome their struggle with domestic violence. These ladies shared their very moving stories to the group. Valdemar Gomez Garcia, Social Work Student of the Year, who is tri-lingual, talked about how he uses his ability to speak Spanish, French and English as a way to make his clients comfortable by using their preferred language. Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Larry Watson also gave a fantastic speech and is currently running for an NASW National office right now.
Happy Hour at Smoke Restaurant for NASW members and their friends
Friday, August 26, 2016 from-4:30-7:00 pm
2408 Preston Road, Plano, Texas 75093
Meet and mingle and hear about the NASW modernization plans!
Tour of the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, North Texas Health Care System
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10 am-noon
4500 S.Lancaster Road, Dallas, Texas 75216
Hear from Tim Brown, LCSW, ACSW, Associate chief Social Work, Mental Health and his social work staff about their mental health programs at the VA. Learn directly from fellow social workers about the work they do in this important and growing area of practice.
Contact Nancy Jensen for more information.
New! Social Work Superheroes project
In celebration of 2016 Social Work Month, NASW/North Central Texas-Dallas Branch has launched an innovative, new program honoring the inspiring social workers in the Dallas area, called The Social Work Superheroes Project. Our initial honorees were chosen from member's recommendations then interviewed. Their thoughts on creating and maintaining a rewarding career in social work were recorded so we may all learn from their experiences and advice.
We are happy to present our very first Social Work Superheroes: Timothy Martel Brown, LCSW, ACSW; Elizabeth Hart, LMSW-IPR, TxCG; Mirchelle Louis, MS, LCSW; and Aaron Robb, PhD. Read their interviews >>here.<<
How can you help with the Superheroes Project?
1. Recommend a fellow social worker you believe is outstanding and a good example of a Social Work Superhero, who paves the way for us all. Send suggestions to Nancy Jensen, Branch Chair, at email@example.com.
2. Submit a proposed question for the Superhero interviews to Nancy Jensen, Branch Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The more thought-provoking, the better. For example, "What "Aha!" moment did you have early in your career that really made you proud to be a social worker?", "What was one of the toughest days they ever had as a social worker and why?"
3. Volunteer to conduct an interview or two. Interviews may be held in-person or by phone. We especially encourage social work students and new graduates to be volunteer interviewers for the project. The interviews will be shared in our chapter communications and be part of our Social Work Month celebration. If interested, please contact Nancy Jensen at email@example.com.