Lifetime Achievement Awards
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To nominate, the following support materials must be submitted by the nominations deadline:

  1. Indicate if this is a local (regional, local unit) nomination or a state nomination; or both
  2. Complete and Submit This Online Nomination Form
  3. After you click on the submit button below, you'll be given an opportunity to attach and email the nominee's resume as well as letters of support.
  4. Or the resume and letters of support can be emailed separately to
  5. This award honors a lifetime of excellence in social work accomplishments. Candidates must exhibit the following:
  6. Consistent demonstration of the six core values and ethical principles of social work: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
  7. Repeated outstanding accomplishments
  8. Recognition beyond the social work profession
  9. Contributions of lasting impact
  10. Outstanding creativity
  11. NASW member in good standing
  12. Must also meet all the criteria of the Social Worker of the Year Award
  13. Current NASW elected officers and NASW staff are not eligible

 Local Unit or Regional Awards programs are "to be arranged" depending on the unit or region.  Contact regional or local unit leadership for more information.

The Statewide Awards Program takes place at the NASW Annual Conference held in the fall. The Conference alternates locations between northern and southern California as follows:

  • Fall 2016 Southern CA: Extended Deadline to June 30, 2016
  • Fall 2017 Northern CA: Deadline May 31, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Southern CA: Deadline May 31, 2018
  • If you need additional time to submit a nomination, email

When nominating, please consider the location of the nominee, family, and colleagues so they can attend.


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