As the social work profession has grown and gained recognition for the valuable work of its practitioners, social workers have recently become the subjects of documentaries, magazine articles, and other media pieces. These five social workers have been prominently featured in the media, bringing further recognition to the profession as a whole and to the incredible work these outstanding practitioners are doing within it:
- Dan Cohen – Social worker Dan Cohen is the founder and Executive Director of a non-profit called Music & Memory that “brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.” His work has gained international recognition and adoption, and was featured in the award-winning documentary Alive Inside which won the 2014 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez – Recognized as the 2018 Social Worker of the Year by the NASW, Kimber Nicolette-Martinez is an outstanding advocate for ending sexual assault with a focus on migrant communities. Kimber is the director of the Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault program at Purdue University and was recently profiled in Latina Magazine.
- Tina Staley – Based in Denver, Tina Staley is a licensed clinical social worker and researcher. She has conducted extensive research on quality of life, which was the subject of the acclaimed documentary What Love Is: The Duke Pathfinders 50. An expert in end-of-life counseling and cancer coaching, Tina has also made numerous other media appearances.
- John Cowart – Named the 2016 NASW Social Worker of the Year, John Cowart is known for his outstanding work with veterans over several decades. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, John has served as the Prisoner of War Coordinator for the Veterans Administration (VA) and Assistant Chief, Social Work Service at Department of Veterans Affairs. John was recently interviewed and featured in an article in The Atlantic Magazine entitled “Someone to Talk to Upon Returning from War” by Adrienne Green.
- Tracy Schott – Tracy Schott, MSW, is an award-winning filmmaker and child and family therapist. She received her MSW from the University of California – Berkeley in 1985 and later entered the world of media production through a degree in Telecommunications. Tracy’s first feature film, Finding Jenn’s Voice, focuses on the murder of pregnant women and the media’s portrayal of these unfortunately common homicides. The film has screened at several festivals, as well as the National Association of Social Workers annual conference.
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