Magazine article Policy & Practice

NSDTA Awards and Scholarships for 2014

Magazine article Policy & Practice

NSDTA Awards and Scholarships for 2014

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The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), presented awards to three individuals at its 2014 Professional Development Institute in Louisville, Ky., on October 15.

Distinguished Service in Training Award

This year's award was presented to Anita P. Barbee, a professor and distinguished university scholar from Kent School of Social Work in Kentucky.

Barbee was instrumental in assisting the state of New Hampshire's training system in determining what levels of evaluation they utilized; developing a plan to implement all levels of evaluation; and move toward being able to evaluate the training programs' impact on agency outcomes.

The primary goal was to implement a wholly integrated "System of Training and Organizational Development" that supported the agency's practice model. With a request for technical assistance from the NRC for Organizational Improvement, a connection was formed with Barbee, who is the national expert in evaluating solution-based training and the impact it has in the field after implementation. She is also generally viewed as a national expert in training evaluation methods. New Hampshire's success related to practice model implementation and training activities would not have been successful without Barbee's tenacious work ethic, responsiveness to the agency's needs, and her genuine engagement in the process of getting to better outcomes for children and families.

President's Career Achievement Award

This award was given to Carolyn Ross, a beloved NSDTA board member, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2014. The award was presented, in her honor, to her staff from the state of Oregon for her life-long career in public human services. Ross' dedication and her community and professional contributions were very important to her and she worked tirelessly in her efforts to make Oregon a better place. Her efforts impacted hundreds of individuals over the span of her more than 28-year career at the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). Ross held many positions over the years, by working up the ladder to leadership roles in training, regional management in the areas of adult welfare, senior services, and services to people with disabilities. …

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