June 1, 2001
NASW Honors UW-RF Counselor With Award
UW-River Falls counselor Gretchen Link received the distinguished social worker award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in recognition of her professionalism and dedication to her students. The award was presented to Link at the annual NASW convention in Milwaukee on May 11.
According to UW-RF social work Professor Ruth Kalms, who nominated Link for the honor, "Gretchen Link is a strong advocate for students and others needing counseling here on campus. She has a quiet, articulate manner that allows both staff and students to hear her and then develop a helping relationship with her."
Since 1981, Link has been a senior counselor for career and counseling services at UW-RF, where she helps students cope with a myriad of problems that include depression, physical and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol poisoning and abuse, and other personal or academic problems.
Link is director and officer of the Faculty Senate, director and officer of the Academic Staff Council, and she serves on a number of planning committees.
As a counselor at River Valley Psychological Services, a local private clinic, Link provides counseling to individuals, couples and families in River Falls and the surrounding communities.
In 1999, Link received the UW-RF Chancelloršs Award for Excellence, a prestigious award given annually to a member of the professional support staff for outstanding service to the University.
The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is the largest organization of professional social workers in Wisconsin, representing over 2,500 professionals. Wisconsin NASW members are employed in a variety of settings, including public and private human service agencies, schools and colleges, mental health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, industry and private practice.
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