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Awards & Recognitions

Outstanding Student Paper Award

A part of our mission is to support and promote high standards of practice for those entering the profession. To this end we offer the Outstanding Student Paper Award to Washington State masters level social work students.

Papers will be reviewed and scored by volunteer WSSCSW readers. For the strongest paper submitted we are offering a one year membership to WSSCSW, one year free entry to all Professional Development events, recognition at the annual gathering, and publication of their papers on the WSSCSW website.

Entries must be directly relevant to clinical social work practice. Your paper or project may be a paper or project you wrote for a class. You can edit for brevity. Writing should be clearly and professionally written, well organized, and demonstrate appropriate grammar, syntax, etc. The paper should be in double-spaced 12 point font, no more than 10 pages long, and must conform to APA formatting standards.

Each year the submission deadline is May 20th.

Please email questions to:

Please Submit Your Paper Here

Monthly Award Recognition

This recognition honors a Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work (WSSCSW) member for outstanding contributions to our community. Candidates must be active WSSCSW members in good standing, leaders in our community, and demonstrate a strong commitment to service of WSSCSW.

Award Criteria

In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of candidates for WSSCSW, the recognized recipient must be a member who demonstrates:

  • Capacity and ability to lead, organize, and evaluate the effective and efficient provision of WSSCSW projects and programs.
  • Capacity and willingness to assist/consult with others to develop management and leadership skills for the Society.
  • Significant experience and success over time as a contributing member of the WSSCSW.
  • A history of stepping up and volunteering their skills and talents to further WSSCSW goals.

Previous Recognition Examples

The WSSCSW has recognized the following member contributions:

  • Retiring board and committee members
  • Board members who have served past their one term commitment
  • Committee members who have served for 2+ years
  • Members and staff who have served 10+ years
  • Members who have consistently volunteered their time, skills, and talents whenever called upon

Winner of the recognition will receive:

  • Personalized recognition in the On Our Minds newsletter
  • Recognition on our website
  • A certificate of appreciation

Please Submit Your Monthly Recognition Nominee Here

Annual Meeting and Conference Awards

As the premier Washington state membership organization representing clinical social workers, the WSSCSW has a longstanding and proud history of recognizing leaders and stellar accomplishments in the field of clinical social work. WSSCSW has identified two awards distinguishing extraordinary achievement that are conferred at the WSSCSW annual meeting. We are proud to provide membership with on-going member recognition throughout the year. Candidates can be associates and LICSWs and must be leaders in their community and demonstrate a strong commitment to service. The two award categories are:

Social Justice Award: A Washington social worker who excels at integrating social justice values into their clinical practice.

Outstanding Leader of the Year Award: A social worker who's contributed their time, efforts, and thought to the community through community-building, social justice, and professional development.

Winners of the awards will receive all of the items listed above, recognition at the WSSCSW annual membership dinner, and an engraved Glassbaby.

If there is a WSSCSW member in good standing or a community member that you would like to nominate for recognition of the awards below, please utilize this nomination form for your submission. If you have any questions about this form or the awards process, please feel free to email us at:

*Award nominations are due May 20th and will be announced in July. Recognitions can be submitted throughout the year. Please use the form below.

Please Submit Your WSSCSW Award Nomination Form Here 

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 • Renton, WA  98058 •


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