NASW Foundation Board Member

Richard (Rick) N. Harris, MSW, LICSW

Richard (Rick) N. Harris, MSW, LICSW

Richard (Rick) N. Harris, MSW, LICSW, has practiced clinically and administratively in the human service field for more than 30 years in a variety of settings including child welfare services, mental health organizations, and public schools; and has served on numerous commissions, statewide committees, and advocacy coalitions. 

Rick has provided consultation in more than 15 states in the areas of consumer rights, mental health, and rehabilitation services, grant writing, and human service system development. He has been the Executive Director of the NASW Rhode Island Chapter since July of 2002. Over the years, he has concentrated on numerous advocacy campaigns for programs for the poor, LGBT rights, women’s equality rights, immigrant rights, civil rights, mental health, and disability issues.

For more than 16 years, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island College, teaching in both the BSW and MSW programs. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University and worked several years for Boston University as the faculty liaison for students placed in Rhode Island.

Rick graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree from Rhode Island College and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (painting & drawing) from the University of Rhode Island. Besides being a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he held a Certified Rehabilitation Counseling for a number of years and is a certified vocational evaluator and job placement specialist. 





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In Episode 5, NASW Social Work Talks Podcast features the Director of the NASW Foundation, Bob Arnold.   Tune in for a discussion about the Foundation's many educational, research, and  charitable  initiatives.