Deb Aden, professor and director of field education for the Master of Social Work program at The University of South Dakota, has been named president-elect of the South Dakota chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Aden�s diverse career in social work includes working as a mental health therapist to teaching college students and preparing them for careers in social work. Aden, who received her master�s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and her bachelor�s degree from University of Sioux Falls, has been a licensed certified social worker in South Dakota for more than 15 years. Additionally, she was executive director of a nonprofit agency that worked with domestic violence and sexual assault issues at the state and national level, and she served as a trainer for law enforcement officials on effectively serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
�I am very excited, motivated and passionate about social work,� stated Aden, who taught upper level courses in social work at the University of Sioux Falls for a decade before coming to USD. �This is a tremendous opportunity for our state and I�m honored to be a part of this new endeavor.�
The NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 56 chapters in the United States and abroad, including NASW-South Dakota which serves the needs of its members in the state to enhance the image and advance the interests of professional social workers, and to advocate and provide a voice for people in need.