Our very own Cheryl Young, LCSW-S, was just named 2022 Social Worker of the Year by Greater Austin Social Workers (GASW). Cheryl’s journey in Social Work has been dedicated to working to improve health, well-being, and supporting people as they navigate changes in the latter stages of life, including end-of-life. Cheryl has been with Family Eldercare since 2011. She is the Clinical Director of In-Home Counseling and is one of the original therapists in that department, which currently includes 5 therapists and a mental health associate. She is also the Program Manager of Rainbow Connections ATX which was founded in May 2022. This honor, 2022 Social Worker of the Year, comes after more than 33 years of experience in the Austin area. Congratulations on your well-deserved honor!
Hear what Cheryl’s colleagues are saying:
“We all know Cheryl as a caring social worker, a huge advocate for the LGBTQIA2+ community, and a wonderful colleague who is happy to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who asks.” – Carlye Levine, President, GASW
“It’s a true honor to work beside someone who has the level of skill and care that Cheryl does. Every situation I’m in with Cheryl, I’m taking notes!” – World Famous *BOB*
“Cheryl has supported her staff and developed other wonderful social workers who serve alongside her in the community. What I appreciate most about Cheryl is her down-to-earth attitude, optimism, and genuine care for her colleagues and clients. The success of in-home counseling and Rainbow Connections ATX has so much to do with her leadership and vision.” – Carly Bassett
“She is an excellent social worker and supervisor. She is an outspoken advocate for her team members and clients. She is passionate about outreach, advocacy, and quality services for our community.” – Ashley Ward
“Cheryl has been an invaluable counselor to several of my clients over the years. Her thoughtful and kind demeanor has made a difference in the lives of older adults who are navigating losses, depression, and other mental health issues. I appreciate Cheryl’s guidance and wisdom over the past 15 years – she is an exceptional social worker.” – Heidi Shanklin-Spock
Greater Austin Social Workers is a group organized to enhance the social work practice of their members by providing them with opportunities for education, professional development, fellowship, and to ensure the accuracy of the public’s perception of the social work profession. Their goals include providing an exchange of up-to-date information and ideas, promoting a means for social workers to support each other in their work, and providing annual CEUs to licensed social workers. Find out more on their website.