NASW Foundation National Programs
The Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a professional social worker who, over the course of his/her career, has made an exemplary contribution to health/mental health practice. Professional social work practice includes direct or clinical social work, social work education, research, consultation, planning and administration in medical, psychiatric, community mental health, or public health settings. Health/mental health practice includes direct influence on health/mental health problems, issues, populations, or settings. Lifetime career means a person who has spent at least twenty-five (25) years in the field whether currently active or retired.
Summarize the nominee's accomplishments by using the criteria listed below. Nominees should have 25 years of experience in the social work profession.
The following must be submitted online.
- Completed nomination form.
specifics of nominee's lifetime achievement as it relates to the
field of health/mental health.
are the personal and professional attributes that uniquely characterize
the social work career to the nominee?
has the nominee's work improved the delivery of health/mental
health services and their impact on individuals, families, groups,
has this been evidenced in leadership, policy development, consultation,
research, teaching, administration, clinical practice, or public
health/community mental health programs?
additional endorsements with support letters.
- Curriculum Vitae (preferred) or list
nominee's awards, honors, or other special recognition.
information or comments.
Nominations are considered
for two consecutive years. NASW national staff, current members
of the NASW Board of Directors, and members of the Award Committee
Please send questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
- 2015 Award
Stephen T. Baron, MSW-Lifetime Achievement
- Joan Ditzion, LICSW, MSW-Lifetime Achievement
- 2014 Award
Hal Lipton, LCSW
- 2013 Award
Charles Glisson, PhD, MSW
- 2012 Award
Kathleen Ell, DSW
- 2011 Award
Peter Vaughan, PhD, ACSW
- 2010 Award
Enola Proctor, PhD, MSW
- 2009 Award
Samira Beckwith, ACSW
- 2008 Award
King Davis, PhD, LMSW-ACP
- 2007 Award
Betsy Vourlekis, PhD, ACSW
- 2005 Award
Phyllis Solomon, PhD
- 2004 Award
Grace Lebow, LCSW-C, ACSW
- 2003 Award
Carl G. Leukefeld, DSW
- 2002 Award
Kenneth W. Y. Lee, ACSW, DCSW
Previous Award Recipients