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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Pioneering Contributions: Stanley E. Weinstein's social work career has focused on improving the quality of social work's impact within the behavioral health services arena. He has been a leader within the profession and a role model for how to work in inter-professional projects. His professional activities have been a mix of clinical practice, academic teaching and research, administration at the project level and state-wide level and advocacy. He started his career as a probation officer in Baltimore City Juvenile Court where he began his interest in families.
Career Highlights: Dr. Weinstein earned his MSW degree as an NIMH Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW). His first position was as an intake supervisor and social worker in the Children's Residential Service of the University of Maryland School of Medicine ( UMSM). Later he directed the first Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Counseling Center in Maryland in collaboration with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office. Upon leaving the University he was appointed Director of the Maryland Mental Hygiene's Manpower Development Office in addition to being Director of Social Work Services. He addressed the need for quality social work services as part of the acclaimed "Maryland Plan", a complex inter-professional initiative to transform Maryland's state psychiatric hospitals and residential centers. His team developed comprehensive staffing standards to improve the quality of treatment in Maryland's Public Mental Health System.
He joined Mercy Medical Center in 1999 where his administrative interests led him to directing a group home for adults with serious mental illness and the supervision of family therapy treatment within an eating disorder program. In 1999 he was named President and CEO of the Woodbourne Center, a large multi-program center serving children with a high level mental illness. In 2013 he consulted with the UMSSW and completed an analysis of the curriculum resulting in recommendations to address the federal and state-wide changes occurring in behavioral health.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, the first social worker to hold this position. In addition, he has a private practice treating individuals, couples and families.
His academic interests began when he was first appointed as an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, at the UMSM. He was a well-respected faculty clinical supervisor at the UMSSW and also supervised psychiatric residents, psychology interns and Masters level nursing students. He planned the first national conference on Mental Health Issues in Grief Counseling. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Human Development and then had advanced training in Strategic Family Therapy. He represented NASW at the 40th anniversary of NIMH, and was a consultant to NIMH developing mental health manpower shortage criteria. He has lectured at many universities and was principle investigator on a study of senior medical student attitudes toward death and dying. He co-led a study of substance abuse problems among pregnant woman and also a study of how to staff Maryland's psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers.
Maryland began to license social workers in 1976 and in 1979 he was appointed by the governor to the Board of Social Work Examiners. He chaired the Board for 5 years and led the effort to eliminate the exemption from licensure given to public agencies. He believed poor families need to be served by trained and licensed social workers. He has served on numerous committees and boards including the NASW Committee on Inquiry, the Board of Advisors at the UMSSW, grant review panels, the Governor's Advisory Council for Children and the Albert Sweitzer Fellowship Board.
Significant Achievements and Awards Received:
Member of Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
NASW Maryland Chapter Social Worker of the Year—1979 and 1988
Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work Social Worker of the Year—1995
Leadership-Greater Baltimore Committee—2008
Certificate of Appreciation-Maxie Colliers Scholar Program at Coppin University—2009
Lifetime Achievement-NASW Maryland Chapter—2011
Inducted into the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame—2012
Hero for Justice Award by the University of Maryland School of Social Work—2012
University of Maryland School of Social Work Alumni Association Emeritus Award—2013
Weinstein, S.E., "Pre-Admission to a Children's Residential Program", Child Care Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1974
Weinstein, S.E. "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Its' Impact on Families and a Direction for Change, American Journal of Psychiatry, July, 135(7), 1978
Weinstein, S.E. Editor, Mental Health Issues in Grief Counseling, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, DC, 1979
Weinstein, S.E., McNeil, J., Editors, Innovations in Health Care Practice, NASW, Silver Spring, Maryland 1981
Weinstein, S.E., Behavioral Health in Maryland and the University of Maryland School of Social Work: Current Status and Opportunities, Baltimore, Maryland 21213