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Joyce Edward is known for her advocacy work on behalf of clients’ rights, particularly in the area of confidentiality and access to service. She was co-founder and first co-chair of the National Coalition for Mental Health Professionals and Consumers in New York.
She has worked diligently to protect and further the professional interests of social work and to improve the nature and standards of practice.
Joyce Edward began her social work career at Central Islip State Hospital in 1947, moving to the Nassau County Department of Welfare, Children’s Services in 1948. She became a caseworker and supervisor for emotionally disturbed children from 1956 to 1969. Edward was in private practice from 1972 until her retirement and was an instructor at Adelphi University, Hunter College School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work for more than 20 years.
Edward has served on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research and the National Study Group of the National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.
Edward earned her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in 1946. She received her BA from Antioch College in 1945. Edward also received her Diplomate from the New York State Society of Clinical Social Work.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2006: Day-Garrett Award, Smith College School of Social Work
2002: Lifetime Achievement Award, National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
1995: national Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, first annual Joyce Edward Consumer Advocacy Award.
Edward, J. (2003). The loss of a sibling. Clinician, 34(3), 5.
Edward, J. (2002). Returning a psychoanalytic perspective to social work education. NMCOP Newsletter. Fall, 2002.
Edward, J. & Rose, E. (Eds.) (1999). The Social Work Psychoanalysts’ Casebook: Clinical Voices in Honor of Jean Sanville. New Jersey, London: Analytic Press.
Edward, J. & Sanville, J. (Eds.) (1996). National Study Group on Psychoanalysis and Social Work. New York, NY:Jason Aronson, Inc.
Edward, J., Ruskin, N., & Turrini, P. (1991). Separation-Individuation: Theory and Application. Gardner Press.