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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 12, 2015

Santa Barbara Unit of National Association of Social Workers Honors Hospice of Santa Barbara Employee as Social Worker of the Year

Santa Barbara, CA, March 11, 2015 – Hospice of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce Michael Cruse, LCSW, Program Manager of Children and Family Services at Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB), was named Social Worker of the Year by the Santa Barbara Unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He will receive his award at the 2015 Santa Barbara Unit of the NASW Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 19th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at El Torito Restaurant in Santa Barbara.

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. It aims to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, create and maintain professional standards, and advance social policies.

Each year, the Santa Barbara Unit of the NASW presents the Social Worker of the Year Award to a Santa Barbara social worker who demonstrates outstanding leadership and makes a difference in areas such as advocacy for clients, social work practice, program development, administration and research.

“Michael embodies the commitment and mission of Hospice of Santa Barbara, and we celebrate his accomplishment” said David Selberg, HSB CEO. “He has made a profound difference in the lives of many children and families who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.”

Cruse has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician in Santa Barbara and has worked in hospitals, home healthcare, medical and bereavement hospice, as a therapist and as a consultant/educator. As Program Manager of Children and Family Services, he promotes and implements individual, group and family counseling for children and their families who are facing life-threatening illness or coping with the illness or death of a loved one. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Fresno, and has been a licensed as a social worker in California since 1986.

About National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. For more information, visitwww.socialworkers.org”> www.socialworkers.org.

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