The NASW-MA Chapter annually recognizes a very special group of outstanding members who, through their daily work, show excellence in social work.
All NASW award nominees are expected to:
- Have the highest standards of personal conduct and professional integrity.
- Advance the values, ethics, and knowledge of the profession.
- Support public and social policies that ensure equal rights for all regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income, and physical and mental challenges.
- Be a current member in good standing of NASW (with the exception of Public Citizen of the Year Award) and support its mission and goals.
In addition, there are criteria specific to each award as follows...
Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice
Criteria: This award is to honor members of NASW who have made a significant contribution to Social Work practice. The contribution may include work with individuals, couples, families and groups or in the area of supervision, consultation, research, administration or writing. Nominees are evaluated for this award according to the following criteria:
- Demonstrated leadership in social work practice via development and implementation of creative programs and services.
- Promoted new practice insights and/or methods through consultation, teaching, and/or writing.
- Consistently sought effective solutions to practice problems/dilemmas.
- Provided persistent and effective advocacy for underserved populations.
Emerging Leader Award
Criteria: This award recognizes outstanding contributions of early career members. Nominees are evaluated for this award according to the following criteria:
- Promotes a positive public image of social work.
- Demonstrates exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession.
- Contributions to the field (through community service, advocacy, practice, education, etc) must be above and beyond that which is expected of an early career social worker.
Public Citizen of the Year Award
Criteria: This award recognizes and honors non-social workers who have made exceptional contributions to human services: promoting and advocating for the values of social work in the area of public service.
Nominees are evaluated for this award according to their contribution to public and social policies that ensure equal rights for all regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, income, sexual orientation, and physical and mental challenges.
Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy and Change Award
Criteria: Each year the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW gives its Beverly Ross Fliegel Greatest Contribution to Social Policy and Change Award to honor the memory of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter’s first Executive Director. Beverly Ross Fliegel was an outstanding social worker who cared tremendously about what happened to disenfranchised people. Beverly died of cancer at the untimely age of 42. This award helps keep alive the memory of a very special social worker, and reaffirms NASW’s commitment to social justice and social change.
The Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy and Change Award recognizes a significant contribution to social policy and/or social change made at an agency, local, state, or national level by a member of NASW. Nominees are evaluated for this award according to the following criteria:
- Demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative in responding to social needs.
- Contributions can include development of agency programs that focus on social change issues, development of new agencies or services, advocacy in the legislature and in other public forums in support of important legislation or program funding or public policy positions of NASW, or other kinds of community service.
- A strong and visible public advocate.
Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award
Criteria: This award acknowledges and honors NASW members whose contributions to social work education have been outstanding. Characteristics considered in choosing a nominee include: creativity, innovation, clarity in presentation, openness to new ideas, fairness, willingness to deal with issues of oppression and discrimination, ability to integrate theory and practice, and expertise in a particular subject area. Nominees are evaluated for this award according to the following criteria:
- Made unique contributions to academic social work education in development of knowledge through research, dissemination of knowledge through teaching and/or writing, and/or community service.
- Demonstrated exceptional effectiveness and won the respect and admiration of colleagues and students.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Criteria: Acknowledges and honors the contributions and achievements of an NASW member throughout his or her professional career. Nominees are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Exemplary service in social work throughout his/her career.
- Achievement in area(s) of expertise (e.g. publications, contributions to theory or development of better understanding of social issues, supervision, practice, consultation, etc.)
- Involvement with NASW. Example: Board, Committees
- Related Contributions. Examples: political involvement, volunteer activities, and support of social work education.
- Community Service: Examples: boards, civic groups, advocacy for causes, etc.