Broward County Social Worker of 2012
David Fawcett is a busy man. He is a mental health professional, a licensed clinical social worker, certified sex therapist, lecturer, researcher, blogger, workshop facilitator, and private practitioner in psychotherapy, among other things.
He has a master’s degree from Hunter College in New York and a Ph.D. from Florida International University. He and his domestic partner live in Oakland Park with two dogs and a cat. He plays piano, dabbles in photography and travels when he has the opportunity.
A few weeks ago, David Fawcett was recognized by the Broward Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) with their peer-elected 2012 ’Social Worker of the Year’ Award.
"I’m truly honored," Fawcett said. "This is a particularly meaningful award. It’s a grassroots program and because your peers are the ones who vote for you it means you’re really having an impact. It doesn’t hurt that the local award winners are recognized by the national organization, either."
He continued: "The NASW really recognized the gay community with this award also. They know I’ve been working with the gay community for over 25 years. There’s no question about my focus."
The criteria for an individual to be nominated for the award include making a demonstrable difference in such areas as advocacy for clients, social work practice, program development, administration, and research. Candidates must also demonstrate outstanding leadership, contribute to a positive image for the social work profession, and take risks to achieve outstanding results.
Anthony Johnson, an HIV/AIDS advocate and organizer of BOLT (Bringing Our Lives Together) who has worked with Fawcett on several occasions, praised him saying, "as an advocate I look up to David as a model. He gets things done and he really helps people."
Over the past 25 years Fawcett’s work has focused on three areas that are all of concern for gay people: HIV infection, substance abuse and addictions, and mental health.