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Charlevoix Resident Named Social Worker of the Year

Thursday, June 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Cane
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CHARLEVOIX — On April 3, Thalia Ferenc, LMSW, DCFC of Charlevoix was awarded the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers — Michigan Chapter. This year's award was presented at the annual meeting of the association's conference in East Lansing. 

The Social Worker of the Year Award is given to a licensed practitioner who has shown outstanding leadership, while contributing a positive image of the social work profession. During her nearly 30-year social work career, Ferenc proved to be a fierce advocate on many issues, including mental health, child welfare, domestic violence and the importance of the arts in public education.

"Thalia exemplifies outstanding leadership skills; a strong commitment to the values and ethics of her profession and a personal enthusiasm for serving her clients and the community. She is always willing to share her knowledge and insights and is a caring and compassionate woman," said Bernadette Beyer, LLP, LMFT, RPT-S, one of Ferenc's colleagues who wrote a letter of support.

"Her efforts have spread solid professional service to people far beyond what she could have done alone and has achieved outstanding results," she said.

In 2010, Ferenc and her husband moved to Charlevoix, where she established her current solo private practice. She pro-actively founded the multi-discipline Women Therapists' Network for females who provide psychotherapy or counseling services and have a master's or doctoral degree. She saw a need for informal peer supervision, speakers to keep social workers updated on area resources and new techniques, referral sources, as well as mutual support from the unique perspective of other women. In doing so, Ferenc provides a tremendous support program for Northern Michigan social workers and therapists across several disciplines.

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 135,000 members in 56 chapters nationwide.

The association works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


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