Annual Awards

Art Dodson Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

Art Dodson (left), adjunct professor of social work, is the recipient of the 2009 Idaho Social Worker Lifetime Achievement Award by the Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Dodson was nominated for the award by his colleagues and students for his personification of social work values and more than 40 years of work in the field of social work.

Dodson specializes in working with children and adolescents. He has made a significant impact in the lives of those served through the creation of new programs in Ada County Juvenile Court Services that led to a six percent drop in serious filings of juvenile crimes. Dodson also established a foster care program, Casey Family Programs, in nine states.

Nominators said Dodson’s work at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare positively influenced the direction of staff members in adoptions, foster care, child protection investigations and children’s mental health. Student nominators said Dodson’s example is inspirational and that through his teaching they understand the importance of the Social Work Code of Ethics.


Award Announcement & Call for Nominations

NASW Idaho Chapter with support of the NASW Foundation announces nominations for the 2010 Idaho Social Work Awards. The awards honor Idaho social workers and other individuals who have, through their work and / or advocacy, advanced the principles and vision of the Social Work profession.

2010 NASW Idaho Chapter Awards and Nomination Requirements:

Awards (click on title to download award descriptions):               
Who can nominate:

1. Idaho Social Worker of the Year NASW-ID Chapter members only. 

2. Idaho Lifetime Achievement Award NASW-ID Chapter members and individuals.

3. Idaho Public Citizen of the Year NASW-ID Chapter members, individuals and social welfare organization.

4. Idaho Public Elected Official NASW-ID Chapter members, individuals, and social welfare organizations.
[deadline for Idaho Public Elected Official has been extended to March 26, 2010 for this award ONLY.]

5. Idaho Pioneer Social Worker NASW-ID Chapter members, individuals, and social welfare organizations.

The Idaho Social Worker of the Year is awarded to an individual who exemplifies the best of Social Work values and achievements through specific accomplishments. The Idaho Social Worker Lifetime Award is given in celebration of a lifetime of social work values and practice in ones lifetime career. The Public Citizen of the Year is awarded to a community member whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work. The Idaho Public Elected Official Award recognizes outstanding service of an elected official who has shown leadership in the formulation of public policy affecting social justice. The Idaho Pioneer Social Worker(s) of the Year is awarded to social worker(s) that have explored new practice territories and have influenced significantly the paradigms of social work best practice.

TO NOMINATE, please e-mail to the NASW Idaho Chapter Office ( ): the award category, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, employer and work title for both the nominee and who is making the nomination.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail from the NASW Idaho Chapter Office within five working days, please call (208) 475-4215 to inquire why there is a delay in verification of the nomination. 
If you have questions about any awards or the application process, please e-mail the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Brian Christenson at:

Nominations Close for all awards: March 28, 2011

Late nominations will not accepted.
If you prefer to postal mail nominations, send  to:

NASW-Idaho Awards Committee Chair
2929 SW Multnomah Boulevard, Suite 204
Portland, OR 97219