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Saville receives NASW-NC President’s Award

RALEIGH—Shannon Saville has received the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) 2014 Presidents’ Award presented to a graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. Saville will be honored at the NASW-NC Annual Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on March 7 in Raleigh.

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Saville is enrolled in the MSW program in Appalachian State University’s Department of Social Work.

In announcing the honor, NASW-NC officials cited Saville’s dedication to the social work profession as demonstrated through her academic excellence, community involvement, leadership skills, professional experience and professional potential.

Saville has contributed to the culture of professionalism among social work students at Appalachian by developing a guide for professional writing standard and helping students hone their skills in professional writing for social work.

In her social work field placement at High Country Community Health, Saville was involved with case management, brief interventions and helped implement interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians and social work clinicians to improve the quality of care patients receive. She also has served as a school-based clinical social worker with a regional mental health and substance abuse agency.

Saville is a volunteer with a homeless shelter in Boone and the Watauga County Humane Society, and is a volunteer and instructor for Mountain Alliance, a project of the local high school designed to assist students in developing their leadership potential.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) promotes, develops and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy.