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Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor & Civic Engagement Award

September 13, 2015

The Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is pleased to

announce the 6th annual "Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement

Award". This is an award that recognizes a field supervisor who has demonstrated

outstanding personal and professional civic engagement. "Civic engagement" includes

providing quality supervision to students completing their field placements, encouraging

students' involvement in their communities both in their fieldwork and outside of field

activities. The Department seeks to recognize field supervisors who go "above and

beyond" in their work with MSW students and in their communities.

The recipient for 2015 is Steven Stranberg Kassof, MSW, LICSW. Steven is a clinical

social worker providing psychotherapy to children and adolescents in his work with the

North Lakes Community Clinic in Ashland and Iron River, Wisconsin.

Steven was nominated by Lisa Stark, Assistant Director for Indian Child Welfare for the

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa in Hayward, Wisconsin. Steven

served as the MSW field supervisor for Lisa’s field placement with the Bad River Band

of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa. In her nomination Lisa notes, “Steve

demonstrated his high level of concern, compassion, and ethics during our weekly

meetings and in his guidance during my internship. I can without a doubt state that I am

a stronger social worker and advocate due to his supervision and mentorship.” She also

emphasized his involvement in his community working with the schools to help them

better address the mental health needs of children. Additionally, he worked with the local

hospital to better serve LGBTQ patients. He clearly demonstrated outstanding

commitment in his role as an MSW field supervisor as well as in his work with the larger


Steve will accept the award at the Department of Social Work Annual Fall Field

Supervisor Training Luncheon on September 28, 2015 at Woodland Hills in Duluth,


For further information contact: Kathy Heltzer, MSSW,LICSW, MSW Field Director

218­726­8935 or

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