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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Leila Whiting's contributions to the field of social work have been extensive and of the highest quality. Mrs. Whiting has been a professional social worker for over forty years. She has worked in both the private and public sector and at local, national and international levels of government. She has played a major role in the development, promulgation and maintenance of practice standards for continuing professional education, standards of social work practice in child protection, and standards for the practice of clinical social work. For a number of years Mrs. Whiting carried oversight responsibility for the ACSW program, NASW's Register of Clinical Social Workers, the NASW Diplomat and other national credentials. In addition, she exerted major influence at both the state and federal levels in securing vendorship for clinical social workers.
Much of Mrs. Whiting's earlier work was in the area of child protective services, a field in which her expertise was recognized nationally. While at NASW she obtained federal funding and directed a program to train thousands of social workers throughout the country to recognize, report and treat child abuse.
Following her retirement from NASW, Mrs. Whiting has served as a consultant and technical adviser to social work organizations and governmental agencies in Eastern Europe that have been attempting to establish or to upgrade their social service delivery systems.
She has also done administrative reviews of child welfare cases for the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. Mrs. Whiting was also an item development consultant for the American Association of State Social Work Boards, reviewing all questions submitted by social workers for the various licensing examinations. For NASW, she was a consultant on a variety of projects, including developing material about the new Code of Ethics, and social work salaries.
Mrs. Whiting received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Social Work Pioneer - 1998