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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Theodore Paul Furukawa
Dr. Theodore Furukawa served as an Army social work officer for over 20 years. At Walter Reed Army medical Center, he worked to combat racism in command policies and practices. He created and staffed the mental health services for official Americans in Iran in the mid-1970’s and also the command-wide program evaluation of all Army family and community programs.
As an appointee to the NASW National Committee on Inquiry, he encouraged the comprehensive revision of the existing Code of Ethics, and wrote or critiqued the new standards on the “impaired practitioner” and colleagues’ responsibilities, and on “dual relationships” and the importance of preventing exploitation. He served as the elected President of NASW/Texas from 2003-2005.
Dr. Furukawa helped establish the first CSWE website and sponsorship of national conferences on services to minority Americans. His many writings have included topics on child maltreatment, combat stress prevention and intervention, coping with disasters, race relations training, and religious practices of Native Americans.
In 2006 Dr. Furukawa was appointed by the Texas governor to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Council and served to 2012. He is appointed as a Special Member of the Graduate Faculty with the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.