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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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By Symmadar Schand
University News
November 17, 2011      
Social Work Professor Honored for Academic Achievements

Tricia Bent-Goodley

WASHINGTON -- Howard University Professor Tricia Bent-Goodley, author of recently released The Ultimate Betrayal: A Renewed Look at Intimate Partner Violence, has received the award for Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work from the Council on Social Work Education for 2011.

Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., chairs the Community, Administration and Policy Practice Sequence at Howard University School of Social Work. She is one of only three African Americans to have achieved the Distinguished Recent Contributions honor, one of the organization’s highest distinctions. The award recognizes the impact of Bent-Goodley’s scholarship as well as her role in mentoring students.

“I am honored to have received such a prestigious award from the Council on Social Work Education,” Bent-Goodley said. “I am excited because I stand on the shoulders of many Black scholars whose work was equally important, but never received the same level of recognition.”

Bent-Goodley has also earned honors from the National Association of Black Social Workers, including the organization’s Social Work Educator of the Year Award and the National Award for Distinguished Contributions in Social Work education. In addition, she was named Advocate of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2011.

The Ultimate Betrayal has received early praise for its in-depth analysis of intimate partner violence. The book is available in bookstores and through online retailers.

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