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Hans S. Falck (1949 - )
Dr. Hans Falck was born in Hamburg, Germany. In 1949, Mr. Falck received his Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University. He received his Master of Arts from Syracuse University in 1950, and his Master of Social Work in 1953 from the University of Buffalo. In 1960, he received his Doctor of Philosophy from Syracuse University.
His field of special interest included Health Social Work, Medical Sociology, Philosophy of Science, problems of individualism, socialization, and group formation. The relationship between psychoanalytic theory and social science theory, e.g., object- relations theory and social interaction. Small group and organization theory, social group work and social casework, social work in mental health.
Dr. Falck was a past chapter president of NASW (St. Louis) and a founder of the Virginia Organization of Health Care Social Workers. In addition to serving on the Boards of Directors for ten organizations in five states, Dr. Han Falck, Professor Emeritus of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University is extremely active and involved along with appointment to fifteen committees, including President of the University Senate and School of Social Work Chair of Student Affairs Committee, Health Specialization Committee and Faculty Affairs Committee. He was also President of the School of Social Work Faculty Association.
Dr. Falck was recognized in 1984 for contributions in which he received the highest honor bestowed by the Council on Social Work Education. He also was given a citation of appreciation for his record of exceptional service in social work education and for his contributions as Editor (1978-1984) of the Journal of Education for Social Work. The Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Virginia Association for Social Work with Groups recognized him with an award in 1986 for "Outstanding Contributions to Social Work with Groups."
In 1993, Dr. Falck was awarded the Richard Lodge Prize by Adelphi University in recognition for his valuable contributions to social work theory through his research, writing and teaching. Author of Social Work: The Membership Perspective, Dr. Falck's greatest contribution to the field has been his development of the 'Membership Theory" and his study of its implications and consequences for social work practice. Internally recognized, Dr. Falck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health of Great Britain and has served the international profession community through his many research presentations and professional consultations abroad.