2016 Sol Gothard Award – Susan Robbins, PhD

NOFSW will present the Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award to Susan Robbins, PhD.


SusanRobbins P. Robbins, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She holds licenses as an advanced clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) in Texas, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work from NASW and ABSWE, certification as a Master Forensic Social Worker and a Diplomate in Forensic Social Work from the American Board of Forensic Social Workers. From 1978-1980 she coordinated a Criminal Justice program at Dominican College in New Orleans. She teaches a graduate course on mediation and has served as a mediator and mediation trainer with the Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County since 1982.   Working on a contract basis with the Texas Protective Services Training Institute from 2000-2009, she provided training for protective service workers, supervisors, lawyers and judges on false allegations and forensic interviewing and also serves as a consultant and expert witness in this area. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education.


The award will be presented at the NOFSW annual conference at 8:30 AM, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the highest award bestowed upon an individual by the NOFSW.  It is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the forensic social work profession, public welfare, and humankind.


The Honorable Sol Gothard has devoted his entire career to protecting the abused and to improving the legal system to which they are entrusted. For this and for his continued work with the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, he was honored at the 28th annual conference with the Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award from NOFSW and this award was made a permanent honor by NOFSW.