NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
René J. Robichaux, PhD, MSW
Specific Pioneer Qualifications
Robichaux is an acknowledged pioneer in the Family Advocacy Program that developed worldwide family violence prevention and treatment for military service members and their families, establishing practice guidelines and securing funding to implement model treatment programs. He established training programs in the field of child abuse that social workers are still required to complete.
Robichaux began his professional career in the field of child protection. He served as the program director for staff training at Harris County Child Protective Services (CPS) for several years, where he designed advanced training courses for case workers and supervisors.
Robichaux began his military career in 1979 and reached the rank of Colonel. Upon his retirement, Robichaux became the Chief of Social Work Programs for the U.S. Army. He was responsible for the development of the clinical aspects of the family advocacy program, marriage and family services, the Care Managers Services, the Warrior Transition Social Workers, and Medical Social Work programs. He helped develop a web-based tool for Behaviorial Health Risk Management at remote locations. Also, he headed the development of the Family Advocacy System of Records and the Decision Tree Algorithm (DTA), which standardized the diagnosis of child and intimate partner incidents of abuse across the U.S. Army.
His leadership positions have included: Chief of Social Work at Landstuhl Regional Army Medical Center, Germany; Deputy Chief of Social Work at Brooke Army Medical Center; Chief of the Soldier and Family Support Branch at the Army Medical Department Center and School; Chief of the Behavioral Health Division at the U.S. Army Medical Command; Chief of the Social Work Department at Brooke Army Medical Center.
In these roles, he led child sexual abuse investigations, provided legal testimony to military courts, conducted psychological assessments of wounded soldiers, and provided social work counseling services for trauma patients and burn patients.
He is a published author, accomplished trainer, and university instructor at both the School of Social Work at Texas State University and Our Lady of the Lake School of Social Work. He has advocated for wounded soldiers and their families as well as children impacted by their parents' deployment.
Significant Achievements and Awards