Winston Barrington Johnson, MSW, LCSW, ACSW earned his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is a Connecticut Certified School Social Worker and a Certified School Administrator. Mr. Johnson is the Director of Prevention Intervention Services for the Hartford, CT Public Schools. He has won numerous awards for School Social Worker of the Year, Family of the Year by Catholic Charities, Outstanding Young Man of America, and UCONN School of Social Work's First Distinguished Alumni Award. He presently lives in South Windsor, CT. He is married to Cynthia Diane Johnson and he has two children Winston B. Johnson II, and Vanessa Diane Johnson.

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Violence in Schools and Relationships
Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW earned her MSW and DSW from Howard University. As the Director of the NASW Center for Workforce Studies, she conducts studies and disseminates information about the professional social work labor force, and implements innovative training programs in emerging areas of practice. Dr. Whitaker has held management positions at NASW with responsibility for policy and social work practice, international and equity programs, and government relations and political action. She served as the executive director of a transitional center serving homeless women with substance addiction and mental health issues; as a court monitor overseeing the deinstitutionalization of St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the development of community-based mental health services in the District of Columbia; and as the deputy director of a federally-funded, national resource center that supported and examined issues related to the behavioral health of women across the life cycle.

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Social Workers: Research and Reality
Velma Penermon Stevens, MSW, ACSW, is a member of NASW and she serves on the steering committee of the Big Bend Unit of NASW-FL Chapter. She works for the Sickle Cell Foundation, Incorporated, where she has been employed for the past 9 years. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and her graduate degree from Florida State University. She has worked in the field of social work for the past 20 years. She has worked with various populations e.g. substance abuse, domestic violence, homeless, youth, mental health and other disenfranchised populations. She also has experience as a hospice social worker. She is also very actively involved in her local church where her husband serves as pastor of the small congregation.

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Social Workers Serving the Disenfranchised
Gary Bailey MSW, ACSW is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. He is a professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work; and at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Studies. Bailey is an award-winning professor who has played top leadership roles in the social work field. He is president of the International federation of Social Workers representing over 745,000 thousand social workers from 90 countries. He is the first person of color to hold this position and the first North American in over 20 years. He served as president of the National Association of Social Workers-USA (NASW), and was named Social Worker of the Year by both the Massachusetts chapter of the NASW and the national organization in 1998. He served as chairman of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign, which promotes increased education and public awareness about the importance of the social work profession.

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Social Workers Wear Many Hats