Nardone receives NASW Florida Treasure Coast Unit Social Worker of the Year award. From left NASW Treasure C0ast Unit Co-Chair Susana Lopez-Sierra, Treasure Health Grief Counselor Oralea Marquardt and Jacki Nardone
Jacki Nardone, Treasure Health Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services, was recently recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Treasure Coast Unit as the 2018 Social Worker of the Year. This distinction, which is awarded to social workers who make a demonstrable difference in the social work profession, was presented during NASW’s Annual Social Work Month Celebration on March 23.
“I am honored to be recognized by the NASW Florida Treasure Coast Unit,” said Nardone. “I am extremely proud to be part of such a compassionate profession whose mission is to serve people by helping them to solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives such as trauma, loss and grief. I truly believe that we all have the responsibility to make a difference in our world; we have to be the good. It is this belief that motivates me every day.”
This year, Nardone is celebrating her 20th anniversary at Treasure Health, where she began her career as a youth counselor and coordinator. Over the years, Nardone helped expand the offerings available to the community, including developing innovative grief support and pediatric programs and providing clinical supervision for more than 25 students and licensure interns. In addition, she has helped secure nearly $4 million in grants during the past 20 years to support bereavement programs and services. Today, Nardone leads the grief support program, overseeing a team of 10 counselors who are available to the community for both individual and group counseling sessions.
Nardone graduated from The University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and received her Master’s Degree of Social Work from Barry University. She obtained a License in Clinical Social Work in 2001. Before joining Treasure Health, Nardone worked in a psychiatric hospital and a domestic violence shelter, where she counseled many individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
About Treasure Health
Treasure Health is a non-profit organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to partner with patients, families and the community to enable well-being through extraordinary care, specialized services and life-enhancing education. Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers a family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.