The Allegany & Garrett County Social Work Caucus chose two people to receive the
2015 Social Worker of the Year Award
Dennis Tipton, LCSW-C
, has been a Psychiatric Social Worker at the Thomas B. Finan Center for 32 years. He has worked diligently with his patients, patient's families, community providers and Finan Center staff, helping them to understand mental illness and the recovery process, especially impacting the geriatric population. He is an excellent Social Work Supervisor demonstrating ethical, effective and organized clinical supervision, providing administrative coverage
and developing policies and procedures. Dennis is a community activist via his participation and leadership on various boards such as the American Rec Cross, Rocky Gap Volunteer Board and the Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Services Board. Although he is considering retirement, Dennis will no doubt continue his ongoing commitment and service to others and the community.
April Busch, LCSW-C
, was also chosen to receive the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Award, although was unable to participate with the event as she was home with a sick child. She is a social worker at the VA Community Based Clinic, where it is said that in a profession filled with caring, capable and impressive people, April nevertheless stands out as a remarkable social worker. She is extraordinarily helpful to her co-workers, anticipating their needs and standing always ready to provide a solution to their patient care problems. She has invested great effort in becoming skilled in delivering a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies, and she is a dynamic and effective therapist. She contributes to her profession in many ways, including by being active in social work organizations and by supervising developing social workers. She is extremely well-liked by her clients, as well as by her colleagues both within and outside of social work. Her cheerfulness and sense of humor always help to warm up the emotional climate of her workplace. Her thoughtfulness, professionalism and good counsel are recognized and highly valued.