NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Cathryn Sammons Guyler
Guyler is known for pioneering activity with the National Commission of Social Work Careers which was jointly sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers. As Director, she developed a nationwide program to recruit qualified persons for social work positions and social work education. She maintained close relationships with individual and group utilization of resources, personnel practice, standards, admissions and curriculum development for professional education. She assisted in expansion of social work education. Guyler also developed a variety of media materials for public information.
Guyler received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Limestone College, Gafney, South Carolina, in 1933 and Master of Science Degree from the School of Social Work, Public Health, College of William and Mary, Richmond, VA in 1934. She received a diploma from the New York School of Social Work, now Columbia University in 1940. She has also received certificates from universities and workshops, including Catholic University and the University of Alabama.
A large part of her career, from 1969 - 1982, was spent as an staff development training specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services; in the Bureau of Staff Development and Manpower Development; in the Bureau of Family Services of the Social Security Administration; and the Social and Rehabilitative Services. She was responsible for introducing a systematic approach to personnel development and management, to state administrators, and to help states develop training programs and educational programs essential to their work within the state public social services.
Prior to her work in recruitment and staff development, she taught at the New York School of Social Work as an assistant professor and Director of Administration. She worked for four years with the Arthur Lehman Counseling Services in New York, as Consultant on Community Relations. She also worked with the National Committee on Social Work and Defense Mobilization. She was a program consultant to the Junior League in New York, and provided consultation to the National Association of Day Nurseries. During World War II, she served on the United States Committee for the care of European Children in New York City. From 1934 to 1940, she worked with the New York Department of Public Welfare as a child welfare worker consultant and as a consultant to the juvenile courts and state training schools. Guyler has published numerous articles.