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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Since her graduation from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 1972, Ms. Hardesty has consistently made pioneering and creative contributions in health and mental health settings. Currently a supervisory Social Worker at the NIH Clinical Center, she has held leadership positions in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC; Family Services in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and the Neurology Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Although her initial position at NIH was as a Senior Clinical Social Worker, after four months, her outstanding clinical and leadership skills prompted her promotion to Supervisory Social Worker, in which she coordinates student training for MSW students; leads the Staff Development Committe;, manages the credentialing process for social workers; supervises four social workers; and provides clinical care for ovarian cancer patients. She has also been a member of the National Society for Social Work Leadership, served as DC Chapter Treasurer for many years, is a board member and active leader in developing clinical and administrative programs and presentations, and has made presentations at NASW and regional conferences on clinical oncology practice, financial issues in health settings, supervision and developing multi-disciplinary ethics approaches in social work practice.
In her position as manager of the patient/family support program at the center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Ms. Hardesty has provided direct services to blood disorder patients, secured 15 American Cancer Society grants and an additional, annual $450,000 in grants to fund core social services for her unit, as well as a grant for an art therapy program, developed and managed a hematology-oncology program for financially high-risk patients, developed a music therapy program for patients with cancer and blood disorders, and was named 2009 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Pediatric Oncology, as well as being named “Staff Hero” by hematology-oncology parents the same year.
Ms. Hardesty has been a member of NASW since 1975, and is a member of Associations of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, has been licensed since 1979 and since 1988, has been a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.
Social Work Pioneer® 2012