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Simmons College Professors Honored for Outstanding Achievements in Social Work

BOSTON (February 25, 2008) — Two Simmons College School of Social Work Professors have been honored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter for their significant contributions and excellence in the field of social work.

Professor Emerita Sophie Freud is receiving the 2008 NASW Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors the meritorious contributions and achievements of social workers who are retiring.  Professor Ann Fleck-Henderson will receive the 2008 NASW Award for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education for her dedication to teaching and curriculum development in social work education.

The awards ceremony will be March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel in Newton, Mass.

Freud, a Simmons School of Social Work alumna, spent her career in the field of child welfare and child/parent guidance.  The granddaughter of famed psychologist Sigmund Freud, Freud spent 30 years as a social work educator at Simmons School of Social Work, chairing the Human Behavior Sequence.

Fleck-Henderson's accomplishments in social work have focused on intellectual and ethical development, and issues of family violence.  She currently serves on the Massachusetts NASW Committee on Domestic Violence and Sexual
Assault and the domestic violence team at a Department of Social Services area office, and has worked with the Family Violence Prevention Fund on the Fathering After Violence Project.

The Simmons School of Social Work was founded in 1904.  It has a nationally acclaimed clinical social work program and is one of the oldest schools of social work in the nation.  Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.