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Director of the San Francisco VA Medical Center’s (SFVAMC) Couples and Family Program Keith Armstrong, LCSW, was selected as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 2013 Social Worker of the Year.

The VA Social Worker of the Year award celebrates accomplishments of a gifted social worker who exhibits exemplary service in the performance of his or her job, builds links between individuals and groups within the organization, thinks and acts innovatively, exceeds the needs of internal and external customers, and demonstrates outstanding job competency.

“Keith has made major contributions to the professional practice of Social Work and to patient care,” said VA’s National Director of Social Work Carol Sheets, LICSW, ACSW. “He has created and implemented innovative and new programs such as developing the first VA mental health clinic on a community college campus (City College of San Francisco Veterans Outreach Program). He developed new models of service delivery providing treatment for families and couples. Keith established strong networks with community partners and is a top-notch clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

“His publications, “Courage After Fire” and the recently released “Courage After Fire for Parents,” are highly valued for supporting returning service members, Veterans, and their families,” said Sheets. “We want to acknowledge Keith’s leadership for his significant contributions to the profession of Social Work and to patient care.”

NCIRE Executive Director Robert E. Obana echoed the praise of his VA colleagues.

“Keith has been an incredible partner to us. His presentations at The Brain At War conference, his outreach to young Veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his contributions to our collaboration with John Mayer in the Veterans Health and Integration Program are true assets to our research and our Veteran community. We congratulate him on this prestigious and much-deserved honor.”

Armstrong, who is also director of mental health social work at the SFVAMC, said, “I’ve been blessed to have some amazing colleagues to work with. It’s an incredible honor to receive this kind of acknowledgement. Anytime you win an award like this, the entire village can celebrate it because the entire village contributed to getting the award.”

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April 11, 2017