NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Rev. Peter Earl Bauer
Pioneering Contributions: The Rev. Peter Earl Bauer is a social worker, minister, preacher, teacher, mental health clinician, and social activist who has committed his life to providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual care to military service members, veterans, and their families. In addition to his military career, Bauer make presentations and contributes articles regularly to the Huffington Post on “moral injury” and a wide range of other policies. Currently, he works for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas, as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and as a consultant a number of different military and civilian organizations. While teaching at the UTSA School of Social Work, Bauer has been involved in community organization and service projects and helped host educational forums on social justice issues affecting the school and local community. In the fall of 2015, he organized a community empowerment fair to help students at South San Antonio High School prepare for college and vocational school. His social work students from the college coordinated the event with the high school administration and arranged speakers. Bauer has also organized campus forums, including one on the dangers facing undocumented women from Central America and their children once arriving in South Texas, which was sponsored by the RAICES Immigration Assistance Center and the Inter-Faith Church Assistance Coalition. During his military service, Bauer was stationed in Fort Hood, TX to work on the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department Of Social Work at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center from March 2010 to November 2010. During this time, he consulted with the Chaplain Family Life Center on the Fort Hood base about the tragic of the shootings that occurred there. He assisted in formulating a response plan for support of families affected by the tragedy, and in putting together a plan for on-going pastoral care and counseling for those affected. Bauer’s assistance during this time set a standard of excellence when it comes to helping the victims and families of those affected by shootings in both military and civilian settings. His infusion of faith based services into social work has brought a unique perspective in his delivery of human services in both the military and civilian communities.
Career Highlights: After receiving his Masters of Divinity, Bauer began his career as a Clinical Social Worker at the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic/Mental Hygiene Clinic at the VA West Side Medical Center in Chicago from 1992 to 1993. He then served as a Specialist for the Family Advocacy Program at Jacksonville, Florida Naval Air Station from 1993 to 1996. Bauer then made the move to Kerrville, TX to work in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, where he served the community until 2006. He moved to Ft. Gordon, Georgia for active duty as an Army Reservist Major in the Medical Service Corps, serving in the Emergency Room of the Eisenhower Army Medical Center from May 2006 to November 2006. Bauer then moved to Camp Shelby, Mississippi to serve as Clinical Social Worker and Officer In Charge of Behavioral Health/Traumatic Brain Injury on the Medical Task Force from November 2006 to January 2009. During this time, Bauer worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Southern Mississippi Graduate School Of Social Work on the Gulfport and Hattiesburg campuses. He then moved to Fort McPherson, GA to work on the Wounded Soldier Sponsorship Program at the Army Reserve Warrior and Family Assistance Center, from February 2009 to March 2010.
Biographic Data: In 1975, Bauer received his BA from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He received a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from Philadelphia State Hospital in 1976 and from Oregon State Hospital in 1979. In 1978, Bauer received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. In 1991, he received his Master of Social Work Degree from University of Illinois At Chicago.
Significant Achievements & Awards Received: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Alamo Branch, Texas Chapter, National Association Of Social Workers; 2011 - awarded the Joyce And Bob Dell Award for excellence In Mental Health Ministries, Mental Illness Network; 2000 - received the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hearts and Hands Award. Kerrville Division, South Texas Veterans Health Care System Kerrville