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Awards / Honors

Social Work student recognized with national award

June 8, 2009

Laurie Sirotkin, a Master's of Social Work student, won the Judith Holm Memorial Student Award for a paper she submitted to the national competition. The award is given by the Center for Clinical Social Work in Salem, Mass.

Beat out more than 60 others

Sirotkin’s paper was one of more than 60 papers submitted to the Center in this year’s competition, which was judged by faculty members from many schools of social work.

The prize, which includes a $1,000 cash award for the student, is named for the late Judith Holm, BCD, of Cleveland, who was the first president of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, the certification board for advanced practice in the profession of clinical social work.

Exceptionally well prepared

Candidates must be in good standing in their final year of a master’s program in social work, and submit a paper they have written, based on clinical work in their final-year field placement and observing all the awards program criteria. The prize is intended to recognize students who are exceptionally well prepared to become clinical social workers.

“The selection of Laurie’s paper to receive this prestigious national award brings honor to CSU and our School of Social Work,” states Deborah Valentine, director of the School of Social Work. “We are all very proud of her accomplishment.”

Sirotkin’s paper was titled, Aggression and Grief: A Case Study of the Clinical, Environmental, and Cultural Treatment Interventions with a Five-Year-Old Child.

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