The Randy A. Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award has been established to honor the work Randy Fisher. who was selected the first Executive Director of SSWAA and served from 2001-2006. Randy led our organization during its fledgling years and witnessed a tremendous growth in membership. During his final year as Executive Director, SSWAA had over 3,300 members -- quite an accomplishment for an organization that only began in 1994! The award will continue to be given in his honor at subsequent conferences. His spirit and passion for School Social Work will live on for many years to come.
2014 Awardee: Joseph Gianesin, Ph.D.
March 21, 2014
Randy Fisher presented this year's Randy A. Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Joseph Gianesin. Dr. Gianesin is a Full Professor at Springfield College School of Social Work in Springfield, MA. and is a behavioral and educational consultant for school districts. Dr. Gianesin has worked in the field for over 30 years serving as a psycho-therapist, school social worker, school administrator and educational consultant. Dr. Gianesin received his M.S.W. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from University of Denver. His research and publication interests are in male adolescent development, adventure therapy, school social work, and suicide prevention and intervention for children and adolescents. Dr. Gianesin has received grants from the MA Department of Public Health and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to conduct conferences and training programs on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for mental health professionals in Massachusetts. His most recent research is on suicide prevention and intervention for children under the age of 14. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Gianesin prides himself on being a founder of a charter school for under-privileged elementary students in Springfield, MA where he currently serves as the board president.
His acceptance speech for the Randy Fisher Award was oriented toward school social workers to be more visible and to publicize the untiring work that school social workers do on a day to day basis. He asked the new generation of school social workers to be more outspoken about our role and contributions to assisting students to get the most out of school.
"Becoming a school social worker is an exciting career that demands a variety of skills to work effectively with students, teachers, administrators, and parents. School social workers have the opportunity to work with every possible type of child, including talented and gifted students and those with mental challenges. School social workers assist in helping children get the most from their school experience and often are a liaison between home and school."
Randy Fisher with Linda and Joe Gianesin