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2008 APM

The theme of the 54th Annual Program Meeting (APM) was Social Work Policy and Practice: Linking Theory, Methods, and Skills. The 2008 APM marked some important milestones for the Council on Social Work Education. Expanded professional development opportunities offered and increased outreach to strengthen and enhance social work educators’ work in public and private universities and colleges across the continuum.

CSWE became an Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider and expanded its career-building sessions for students. The concept of the Social Work Leadership Institute was also introduced, which offered new promise to those seeking mentorship in order to advance among the ranks of social work leaders.

2008 Final Program



At the 2008 APM, CSWE gave awards for lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the field of social work education. It also recognized contributions to international social work, feminist scholarship, and to its Journal of Social Work Education.

Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work

An individual and program Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Award (PIE) was presented at CSWE's Global Commission Reception on Saturday, November 1.

Individual Awardee 

  Frederick Ahearn poses for a photo with his PIE award with CSWE Global Commission Chair Cudore Snell and PIE Awards Committee Chair Golam M. Mathbor.

Program Awardee

Mizanur Miah, gradate program director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his staff accept the PIE Program Award.

Journal of Social Work Education Awards

Three JSWE Top Reviewer Awards were given out by JSWE Editor-in-Chief Colleen Galambos at a special reception on Saturday, November 1. 
Charles Garvin and Susan Sarnoff

Feminist Scholarship Awards

The Feminist Scholarship Awardee and Honoree were publicly recognized at the 2008 Women's Council Breakfast. 
Feminist Scholarship Honoree Ann Nichols-Casebolt (far left) and Scholarship Awardee Gretchen Cotrell (3rd from left) pose for a photo with those who respectively presented them their awards. Elizabeth Hutchison is second from the left and Kathleen Tangenberg is far right.

CSWE Awards

At the 2008 APM Opening Ceremony on October 30, CSWE publicly recognized two individuals for prestigious awards.

CSWE Significant Lifetime Achievement 

Alex Gitterman recieved the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Award

CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions

Rowena Fong was presented with the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award


This APM was the first with CSWE as an approved provider (# 1163) for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. 

The ACE provider status was an added benefit for CSWE members and APM attendees. Approximately 600 education sessions were eligible for CEUs at the 2008 APM, giving students and young social work practitioners and educators more career development opportunities.

More than 500 attendees selected the CEU option. The CEU Passport was sponsored by Rutgers University. This document was used to capture participant attendance and record CEUs obtained for the entire conference. CEU Passport holders will be issued certificates within 30 days of the conference.

Speaker Highlights

Highlights of the headline speakers at the 2008 APM

Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off

Health Care: Policy Challenges and Practice Implications
Robert B. Hudson
Professor and Chair, Boston University School of Social Work Department of Social Welfare Policy
discussed burdens older adults and their caregivers face here in the united states


Carl A. Scott Lecture

Social Work's Pivotal Role in Reducing Mental Health Disparities
Lonnie Snowden
Mental Health Expert
discussed mental health disparities between minorities and whites regarding quality of mental health care


Special Plenary

“The Race Gap”: Why Does it Persist? What Are the Solutions?
Jonathan Kozol
Educational and Economic Reformer
Kozol discussed the inequalities in the public education system and also about the gap between racial groups in the united states


Hokenstad International Lecture

Through the Janus-Doors, Lightly: Millennial Challenges for Social Work Education
Vimla Nadkarni
Senior Social Work Educator and Researcher
Nadkarni of India discussed the poverty and sustainable/equitable development learning and intervention opportunities available to social work.