Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 209–216 | Cite as

Don’t Worry, She’ll Say it: A Tribute to Florence Lieberman

  • Thomas K. Kenemore


This paper presents a tribute to Florence Lieberman, a significant leader in the field of Clinical Social Work, who has been and continues to be highly productive and vastly influential. Throughout her career Florence has published books and articles that result from her intense and accurate concerns about social work practice, and particularly about practice with children. Florence’s academic career includes 20 years at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York. As an influential member of the Hunter faculty, she has played an important role in shaping the impact of social work philosophy on psychotherapy practice. Starting with her Charter membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she has been influential in the development of the Federation of Societies for Clinical Social Work (Federation), the National Academy of Practice (NAP), and the International Committee on the Advancement of Private Practice (ICAPP). Leadership, empowerment, and adherence to Social Work’s mission are themes that Florence Lieberman has enacted throughout her stellar career. The author discusses his experience with her, which illustrate these essential characteristics.

Key Words:

clinical social work education empowerment leadership mission organizations professional development transference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Work ProgramChicago State UniversityWilmetteUSA

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