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2018 NASW-MA Chapter Award Recipients
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Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice

Rick Miller 

Rick Miller’s social work career has been dedicated to providing clinical work to individuals, couples, and groups, with a specialty in work with gay males. In addition to his clinical work, Rick is known nationally and internationally for his many presentations and workshops delivered at conferences sponsored by The International Society for Hypnosis, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, The American Group Psychotherapy Association, Harvard Medical School, and the Brief Therapy Conference. In 2015, Rick published a book, Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy with Gay Men…the Gift of Presence. His book has received national acclaim and reveals him as a gifted clinician and writer. In 2016, Rick published Mindfulness Tools for Gay Men in Therapy: A Clinicians Guide for Mind Body Wellness. Rick is active in both the Boston and Cape Cod community in his consultation, supervision, and advocacy related to HIV/AIDS. His supervision and consultation have been described as inspirational, supportive, and nuanced. He embodies the core values and ethics of the social work profession whose contributions to social work practice are known and respected nationally and internationally.


Lifetime Achievement

Joan Rosenson 

Over the course of her career, Joan supervised, inspired, and mentored countless social work students and colleagues. Her work over decades at South Shore Mental Health Center included roles from Staff Social Worker, Senior Clinical Social Worker, and Director of Social Work Training. She created and directed a superb training program at a relatively small mental health center that rivaled larger institutions’ grand rounds. Hundreds of clinicians at all levels and in all disciplines view Joan as having made significant contributions to their growth and education. She was instrumental at South Shore in creating peer supervision groups, formal education opportunities through workshops and presentations, and advocating for social work values. She was a champion for both client and clinician rights and demonstrated the courage and political skill to work with and often convince management to maintain services at budget cutting times. Joan is well known to schools of social work and field placement specialists, open to customized placements to meet specific educational needs and thoughtfully considering what would allow for a successful placement for each student. At her retirement event from South Shore, Joan was lauded for her substantial influence and contribution to her dedication to clinical excellence, advocacy, and embodiment of social work values. Since leaving South Shore in 2010, Joan has served as a field advisor at Boston College where she is valued by students, faculty, and agencies for her authenticity, wisdom, and support. All who speak of Joan underscore the significance of her role in their professional and personal development.  


Public Citizen of the Year

Michael Kincade 

Throughout his career, Michael has been an advocate, activist, and mentor with a consistent commitment to racial and social justice. Early in his career in MN, he worked for a non-profit, became involved in local politics, and co-founded a neighborhood association. Since returning to Boston in the late 1980s, Michael has worked with the Boston Police Department as a Civilian Emergency Response Specialist, as a child care worker in a residential facility, and as an AIDS Outreach Educator for the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC). Michael then became the Director of Education and Programs at MAC, supervising a staff of outreach workers, interns, and volunteers. He also designed and conducted programs addressing issues of diversity in the workplace while at MAC and his format became a national industry standard. He was selected by DPH to join the MA HIV Planning and Prevention Group and was also named as a consultant and reviewer of grants for the CDC and the Office of Minority Health in Washington. From 2000 to 2014 Michael worked for the Alzheimer’s Association as Manager of Community Programs and then joined the community relations team of Central Boston Elder Services. Along with promoting the agency throughout the community and managing its Senior Volunteer Program, Michael also hosts the award winning cable television program, Agewise. After stepping down as chair of the Elder Commission’s Health and Long Term Care Task Force, Michael received a proclamation from Mayor Thomas Menino declaring it Michael Kincaid Day in the City of Boston. Michael has always been visible in his community, serving as a coach and mentor for the Roberto Clemente Youth Program, through leadership roles in the METCO program in Wellesley, and as a founding member of AWRE Theatre Company. Michael’s impressive resume and accolades are indicative of his commitment to public service and social justice.  


Beverly Ross Fliegel Award

Dawn Belkin Martinez 

Dawn is an extremely talented teacher, writer, clinician, advocate, and activist. She is a co-founder of Liberation Health, a multi-cultural group of social workers, psychologists, and community organizers whose mission is to address the personal, cultural, and institutional barriers to being healthy. Her commitment to research, training, and practice are embedded in a social justice framework that includes work to address oppression, racism, and health care disparities. Dawn’s commitment to cross-cultural practice with an anti-oppressive stance is reflected in all of her teaching and practice and advocacy. Her contributions to the social work profession and social change are substantial, including a book co-authored and entitled, Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work. This book is currently part of the social work curriculum of many schools of social work. As a social work faculty member first at Simmons and currently at Boston University, Dawn is experienced by her colleagues and students as inspirational in her demonstration of commitment to social, racial, and economic justice. Her commitment to equitable social policy is demonstrated in her clinical and macro work across the country.


Emerging Leader

Carmen Rosa Noroña 

Carmen Rosa is a bi-cultural and bi-lingual social worker and trainer who works as a clinician and advocate for children whose lives have been impacted by trauma. Both before and after earning her MSW in 2012, Carmen Rosa has dedicated her career to trauma informed assessment, intervention, and training. She is currently the Child Trauma Clinical Services and Training Lead of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. As the co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2013, Carmen Rosa is responsible for the development of conversation, initiatives, and resources to improve the understanding of the bidirectional influence that trauma, culture, and diversity have on each other. Carmen Rosa is the author of several publications related to her trauma and culturally informed work and was a past recipient of the Children’s Trust Fund Emerging Leader Award. Carmen Rosa is described as inspirational to colleagues and supervisees all of whom note her wisdom, dedication, and availability.


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