Harold Dean (AR)
Please give a brief biography, including your education, licensure or certification level and employment history:
Harold Dean is a special honors graduate of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He received his MSW degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has worked as a clinical social worker for more than 32 years and has been an LCSW in Arkansas since 1989. He has been employed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) for 29 years. He currently serves as the social work program manager for the UAMS Myeloma Center. He has worked in the field of oncology social work for more than 25 years. His previous areas of clinical experience also include child protection, geriatrics, and adult psychiatry. In 2005 he received certification as an oncology social worker (OSW-C) through the Board of Oncology Social Work Certification. Since 2010 he has served as the co-facilitator for the Little Rock Blood Cancer Support Group. Harold has been an MSW field instructor since 1990. For the last 18 years he has also served as a field liaison for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Social Work. He is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). In 2000 he received a volunteer service award from ACS, and in 2018 he received the Legacy Leadership Award from the LLS Arkansas Division.
Give a synopsis of your regulatory and professional experience. Please emphasize your involvement with ASWB:
Governor Mike Beebe appointed Mr. Dean to the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board in 2013. Harold then served as chairman of the Arkansas board from 2014 to 2017. In 2015 Harold was appointed to the ASWB Mobility Task Force. At the 2016 delegate assembly, he was elected to the ASWB Board of Directors as a director at large, licensed social worker. As a part of his work on the ASWB Board of Directors, he served as Board liaison to the Regulatory Education and Leadership (REAL) Committee from 2017 to 2018. He currently serves as the Board liaison to the Continuing Competence Committee. Harold was also a presenter at the 2016 and 2018 ASWB Education Conferences.
Finally, make a brief statement on the major issues you see facing ASWB, and how you would address them:
First and foremost, ASWB must always be vigilant in the protection of our exam program. It is the most important service our organization provides to our member boards. As president-elect, I would work closely with ASWB staff to make certain our exams continue to be valid and reliable measures of social work competency/knowledge. This is crucial in order to ensure our exams are legally defensible. Additionally, I would also make certain ASWB’s security measures continue to provide maximum protection for the exams. Our exam program is our organization’s most vital source of revenue; therefore, we must be unwavering in our efforts to safeguard our exam program.
At the 2017 delegate assembly, our member boards approved the Mobility strategy submitted by the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee and the Board of Directors. Our 2018 Education Conference focused upon engaging stakeholders and moving toward the next step—implementation. As president-elect, I would continue my efforts from my service on the Mobility Task Force. Our next president-elect must be in touch with the Mobility efforts of our member boards. If elected, I would see that ASWB continues to create forums for open dialogue regarding jurisdictional implementation of the Mobility strategy. This will allow our member boards to learn from the challenges and successes of their fellow member boards. As the work of Mobility progresses, there will, no doubt, be other specific actions needed to support and guide jurisdictions in their implementation efforts. As president-elect, I would work closely with ASWB staff to make sure our organization is responsive to those needs. I am committed to social work mobility!
Service on the ASWB Board of Directors requires knowledgeable, fully engaged leaders who are ever-mindful of the mission of ASWB. As president-elect, I would create an atmosphere in Board meetings that allows for respectful, open discussion. I would commit to working with fellow Board members in a cooperative and diplomatic manner. As president-elect I would also make sure that Board meetings are handled in a focused and efficient manner.
If elected, I would also welcome feedback from representatives of our member boards about the work of our organization. For ASWB to remain a thriving, significant organization, we must continue to support our member boards in ways that are meaningful and relevant to you. Communication with not only ASWB staff but also ASWB leadership is vital in order for our organization to stay true to the mission of public protection.
Date jurisdiction board term ends/ended: June 2017