Bryn Mawr College Professor of Social Work and Social Research Jim Martin, along with Associate Professor Nadine M. Bean and Professor Richard W. Voss from West Chester University, conducted a symposium at the recent National Association of Social Work Conference held in Washington, D.C.
The symposium, titled, “Social Work Education on Serving Veterans and Military Families: A Resilience-Informed Approach,” highlighted Martin and his colleagues’ research and their work with a number of national and regional initiatives.
The NASW Conference brought together more than 1000 social workers to focus on a range of practice issues. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and an active supporter of many efforts to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, joined the conference on Wednesday, July 25, to announce a new national Joining Forces commitment aimed at educating all social workers, regardless of practice area or focus, to have a better understanding of issues relating to the care, culture, and lifestyle of our nation’s troops, Veterans, and military families.
A retired Army colonel, Martin is a recognized national leader in the area of military-family services and support, and he has served as a subject-matter expert for numerous Department of Defense and other related federal research and program-development initiatives.
His 26-year-career in the Army Medical Department included clinical and research as well as senior management (command) and policy assignments. Martin was the senior social-work officer in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the first Gulf War and edited The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide.
The GSSWSR is one of the nation’s oldest academic social-work programs. The school provides a learning environment that is supportive and intellectually rigorous, encouraging critical thinking and the expression of social-work values through classes, field-based training, research, and active civic engagement in collaboration with the College as a whole.