Charlotte clinical social worker named NASW-NC 2014 Social Worker of the Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Valerie Arendt, Associate Executive Director
Charlotte clinical social worker named NASW-NC 2014 Social Worker of
DeWitt Black has been named the 2014 Social Worker of the
Year by the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter
The NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year Award is an annual
award given to a social work professional in North Carolina who has demonstrated commendable
social work practice and involvement with NASW and other professional, civic,
and community organizations.
DeWitt Black, LCSW, ACSW has spent the last 20 years working
for Carolinas HealthCare System at Carolinas Rehabilitation. During his tenure,
he has shown unwavering commitment to the populations he serves. His peers
recognize him as a dedicated, empathic, and resilient person and social worker.
In the context of his clinical work, Black has exemplified a
genuine commitment to excellence, accurately represented by his esteemed
reputation in the field. He gracefully navigates the challenges of working in a
multi-disciplinary health care setting and seeks to work within the context of
the patient’s family, community, and other care providers to provide the best
care plan possible.
Beyond his steadfast dedication to his patients, Black has served
his colleagues and community in several roles, including as a teacher, mentor,
supervisor, community organizer, advocate, and leader. Black has been called
upon to assist and advise other social work professionals in the greater
Charlotte area. Additionally, Black has selflessly given back to the community in
a more personal context as a member of the Patriot Guard and a volunteer for
the Wounded Warrior Project.
According to Peter Cassidy, Vice President of Carolinas
Rehabilitation, "Dewitt has a natural gift for connecting with people in
difficulty.” Cassidy added, "Quite simply, he lives the values and principles
of the profession of Social Work.”
Mr. Black will be honored at the NASW-NC Annual Ethics
Conference and Awards Luncheon on March 7, 2014 at the McKimmon Center in
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a
membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of
social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the effective
functioning and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through its
work and advocacy.