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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Robert P. Stewart
Robert Stewart has been an innovating practitioner and administrator, foreseeing and tackling the many challenges of a rapidly changing health/mental health service arena, and recognizing the need for integrated services. He served as founder and president of Community Service Builders in Dallas, Texas, a consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations focused on community development, education, affordable housing, healthcare, employment, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. His work has received recognition locally and nationwide.
Stewart served as executive director of Turtle Creek Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas from 1998 to 2004. He also was president and CEO of American CareSource in Dallas, a start-up company offering coordinated health care delivery under managed care health benefit plans.
From 1968 to 1992, Robert Stewart provided a number of services at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, where he was Director of Clinical Social Work, Director of Timberlawn’s Family Therapy Training Program and Director of the Center for Family and Marital Assessment. He also served as Assistant Director of Clinical Social Work from 1972 to 1974 at Timberlawn.
Stewart also has taught, provided direct care service, and served as a consultant both internationally and nationally. He has presented keynote addresses around the world, including Europe, the People’s Republic of China, and many U.S. colleges and universities.
Robert Stewart received his MSW in 1968 from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA in 1965 from Abilene Christian University, Texas.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2005: Named a Pioneer of Social Work at NASW
1994: Received a Lifetime Achievement in the Social Work Profession award from the Dallas chapter of NASW.
1994 and 1977: Recipient of special recognition from the Dallas City Council
1982-1985: Treasurer of the International Association of Social Workers
1983-1985: Served as President of NASW
1979-1985: Member of the NASW National Board of Directors and Executive Committee
1977-1979: Member of the editorial board of Social Work
1976: Named Social Worker of the Year by the Texas chapter of NASW
1974-1975: President of the Dallas chapter of NASW
Stewart, R.P. (1988). Social work practice in a high-tech era: Computers in Human Services, 3(1 and 2), 9-21. doi: 10.1300/J407v03n01_02
Stewart, R.P. (1986). Clinical social work in a changing society: Social work strength in a climate of vulnerability. Smith College School of Social Work Journal, 3, 14-22.
Stewart, R.P. (1984). Building alliance between the family and the institution. Social Work, 29(4), 386-390.