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What is S.W.A.G

Sharise Nance, (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author.  She is the co-owner/founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC, a private outpatient mental health practice dedicated to promoting hope, health and healing to individuals and families dealing with situational and generational obstacles.  Throughout the past two decades of her career as a social worker, she has experienced episodes of compassion fatigue.  These experiences challenged her commitment to the profession and inspired her to invest in healthier self-care practices.  In 2016, Vitamin C Healing was created to focus on the holistic wellness of helping professionals.  The mission of Vitamin C Healing evolved to promoting life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment to helping professionals struggling with compassion fatigue and burnout.  In just under three years, Vitamin C Healing has offered live workshops to local and national non-profit organizations, social service organizations, community mental health and universities to address self-care neglect, work-life balance, compassion fatigue and burnout. 

The S.W.A.G (Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness) Awards Ceremony was created following the online celebration of historical African American social workers during Black History Month and the online recognition of local social workers during National Social Work month by Vitamin C Healing.  Vitamin C Healing outreached community leaders in healthcare, education, non-profit, and social services to request submissions of local social workers who have used their platforms to affect positive change and healing in the Greater Pittsburgh communities.  We were able to utilize social media outlets to recognize 19 social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh area who were nominated by their peers for their selflessness, integrity, compassion, competence and commitment to the social work profession.  We also hosted an intimate gathering in March, 2019 to recognize and celebrate these social workers with certificates of appreciation. 

The mission of the SWAG Awards is to honor the “heart work” of local social work heroes that is oftentimes unappreciated and unrecognized.  The goal of the annual SWAG awards ceremony is to recognize social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who exemplify servant leadership through their commitment to promoting advocacy, social justice, generational healing and building stronger communities.  These social workers will be nominated by their peers and selected by a nominations committee.  

The 4h annual S.W.A.G Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Planning Team

  • Sharise Nance, Founder S.W.A.G Awards

  • Kesa Ahomana

  • Brittani Berkeley

  • Kiva Fisher-Green

  • Johnnie Geathers

  • LaShawna Russ 

  • Cassandra Williams

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