To social workers everywhere, Prairie View, Inc., says a big thank you as 2015 marks a special year for the social work community.

To social workers everywhere, Prairie View, Inc., says a big thank you as 2015 marks a special year for the social work community.
Commemorating National Social Work Month in March, the National Association of Social Workers celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The theme “Social Work Paves the Way for Change” conveys what the association and the social work profession have done over six decades to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals and families.
Prairie View’s 35 licensed social workers, who work primarily in mental and behavioral health, are among the 650,000 social workers in the United States who serve 10 million clients a day.
Social workers are the most common clinical contact for millions of people with mental illness and addictions. The profession is also rich in a history of community organizing and change agents. From 1931 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jane Addams to 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowe, social workers have been instrumental in achieving civil rights and human rights advances.
“Prairie View’s social workers offer life-transforming services to our patients, and we have seen our patients and our social workers respond positively to many of society’s changes during our 60 years,” said Barbara Walker, a licensed specialist clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions counselor at Prairie View. She is also Prairie View's director of social work.
For more information about social workers or National Social Work Month, visit www.socialworkers.org. To set up an appointment at Prairie View, phone 800-992-6292 or see www.prairieview.org.