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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Throughout her career, Grace Lebow has been committed to providing mental health services to older adults and their families.
Ms. Lebow was instrumental in developing the NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers-a tool for identifying clinical social workers with specific practice specialties. This tool was a model for an instrument Ms. Lebow implemented to specifically identify care managers and geriatric social workers for the Aging Network Services, which she co-founded in 1982 with business partner Barbara Kane.
Aging NetWork Services provides both care management and counseling services for older people and their families separated by geography. Today, the network has more than 250 participants nationwide. Ms. Lebow and Ms. Kane are the authors of Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide for Stressed-Out Children, published by Avon Books.
Over the many years of Ms. Lebow's career, she has focused on providing resources and tools to consumers looking for answers. She has been a pioneer in care management with older people and providing mental health services to the aging.
Ms. Lebow received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She has worked as the Clinical Social Worker on a cancer research project based in New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; as Director of Social Work at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington; and as coordinator of the first NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers.
In 2002 Ms. Lebow received the Distinguished Career Award from Simmons College School of Social Work, and was nominated as an NASW Social Work Pioneer in 2004.