The Catholic University of America

Sept. 17, 2008

CUA Social Work Professor Honored for International Work

Frederick L. Ahearn

The Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for social work education in the United States, will honor Catholic University Professor Frederick L. Ahearn in October for his innovative contributions to international social work education.

Ahearn, a professor in the National Catholic School of Social Service and co-director of the university's Center on International Social Development, was selected for the Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Award for his success in establishing social work education programs in countries undergoing sociopolitical change.

As part of that work, he helped establish a Master of Teaching Social Work program on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, as part of the peace process between the Muslim population of Mindanao and the government.

The program, run by Catholic University, trains social work faculty, directors of programs, community advocates and community organizers in resettling more than one million internally displaced individuals and families, a problem in the region resulting from more than 40 years of civil war. Ahearn's academic specialty is also psychosocial issues of forced migrants, particularly refugees and persons displaced by disasters.

Ahearn will receive the award at a reception at the council's annual meeting, which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Philadelphia. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's School of Social Work will also receive an award for its collaborative partnerships across the globe. The awards are given to individuals and social work programs demonstrating outstanding innovations in international social work education.

He also earned a National Association of Social Work, Washington, D.C., chapter Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2008.