UT Southwestern employee receives regional Social Worker of the Year Award

By Ali V. Adams

Leslie Fetchen
Leslie Fetchen

Leslie Fetchen, a licensed clinical social worker in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), recently received the Social Worker of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers North Central Texas-Dallas Branch.

Selected from nearly 1,000 members of the regional affiliate, Ms. Fetchen has now been nominated for the Social Worker of the Year award at the state level.

“My supervisor, Patrick Tiner, is very supportive of helping us find more ways to serve our clients and become better professionals,” Ms. Fetchen said. “That is why this award means so much to me. I am touched and honored to receive it.”

Mr. Tiner said he nominated Ms. Fetchen because her dedication “sets an amazing example” for social workers.

“The powerful yet humbling leadership and initiative she shows in her work and volunteer activities truly exemplify a social worker who should be honored as Social Worker of the Year,” he said.

Ms. Fetchen began her UTSW career as a Social Work Supervisor in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she developed a mind/body/medicine program for cancer patients. Since 2009, she has provided counseling services to UTSW employees, specializing in grief and death, mind/body life issues, and motivation for change in life and work. Ms. Fetchen was chosen to attend the Metta Institute in California, which provides specialized training in end-of-life care.

She also is a registered yoga instructor who offers programs for relaxation techniques at work, volunteers as a counselor/facilitator for cancer patients on weekend retreats in Oklahoma, and supervises licensed master social workers who want to become licensed clinical social workers.

“It is very fulfilling to work for the EAP and help people take pause from the stress of life,” Ms. Fetchen said. “Every single person can make a difference on our campus.”

For more information about the UT Southwestern Employee Assistance Program, call 214-648-5330 or email eap@utsouthwestern.edu.