Alyce Benson Named The 2014 Tennessee Social Worker Of The Year

Friday, February 28, 2014
Alyce Benson
Alyce Benson

The National Association of Social Workers of Tennessee have voted Alyce Benson the 2014 State of Tennessee “Social Worker of the Year”. This NASW-TN award recognizes a high-achieving social worker each year who is a leaders in his or her community and who fully embodies social work values and ethics.

Ms. Benson has 18 years of Social Worker experience under her belt and a surprisingly large number of impactful outcomes to show for it. Over her tenure, Ms. Benson has served as a case manager, independent support coordinator, family liaison, assistant director of TN-START program, social skills training coordinator, and a Multi-specialty LCSW who treats individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities. She currently holds the title of Clinical Director of the Chattanooga Autism Center.

Ms. Benson’s service has affected thousands of people and her work achievements are many. She has developed and coordinated dozens of programs from multi-million dollar grant projects and huge annual conferences to small adult social and support groups and sibling clubs. One of her biggest impacts was her tireless work in building the Chattanooga Autism Center alongside a team of parents, advocates, and other clinicians. Her planning and coordinating skills and her hundreds of volunteer work were critical for turning a small but promising program into a widely utilized and much-loved 501c3 nonprofit.

Ms. Benson’s connection with her clients along with her availability and support is unmatched. Her therapy skills as licensed clinical social worker are stellar and unique; her clients are of all ages and she specializes in treating people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Ms. Benson helps her clients have confidence in themselves and come to understand their potential and self-worth. She teaches parents to be advocates for their kids. Her adult clients increase their self-esteem as they improve their social skills and learn how their differences are not necessarily deficits.

Ms. Benson’s abilities and accomplishments are magnified by the fact that she is a wife and a mother of two young girls. Ms. Benson often volunteers at her kids’ schools and totes them to gymnastics and karate every week after picking them up from school.

Officials said, "The volunteers and staff at the Chattanooga Autism Center are very proud of Alyce Benson."

Ms. Benson will be presented with the award at the War Memorial Auditorium on March 26, during “Social Worker Day on the Hill” in Nashville.

 


Grocery Bar Hosts Fall Family Event To Benefit Inaugural CureSearch Cancer Walk In Chattanooga

The Southside’s Grocery Bar hosted a fall celebration event to raise funds and awareness for the upcoming CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Walk Chattanooga. Many area Chattanoogans enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday painting free pumpkins, and enjoying freshly-prepared organic foods such as pumpkin muffins, Halloween cookies and hot cider. Shoppers were offered the chance ... (click for more)

Bradley County EMS Reviews And Drills For Infectious Diseases

With the growing concerns of infectious disease, Bradley County EMS is being proactive and reviewing their infectious disease protocols. Current policies and procedures are being reviewed and updated. Personal protection equipment has been updated as well to provide the best protection to the EMS responders. Emergency responders are exposed to a variety of contaminates on ... (click for more)

2 People Shot Saturday Night On Carousel Road

Two people were shot Saturday evening on Carousel Road. At  9:11 p.m. , Chattanooga Police responded to 1406 Carousel Road on a call of a person shot. One victim on the scene suffered minor injuries.  Another victim was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital. The s econd victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: More Sunday Funnies

On the last Sunday before Daylight Savings Time disappears next week, let’s go to my jokes back for some grins and giggles: * * * An old gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son-in-law, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.  As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son-in-law. “Yes, Dad, what is ... (click for more)