Gándara Center’s Chief Clinical Officer Heather Murphy received the MSW Field Instructor of the Year Award from the Westfield State University Department of Social Work on September 20. Congratulations, Heather!  She is pictured on the top right with Maria Mead, the program’s assistant field education director.

Heather has been at Gándara since 2011 as the clinical supervisor at the Maple STARR residential program before moving on as the clinical director for the Continuum program, and then as the agency’s director of quality management and director of clinical operations. She received her master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and is her Ph.D. in social work from Walden University. In addition to her work at Gándara, she is also the assistant field director and an adjunct professor in the social work department at Elms College.

This isn’t Heather’s first award: she was one of three recipients of the 2017-2018 Field Supervisors of the Year Award, which was presented by the Springfield College School of Social Work.

Heather is pictured below at the award ceremony with Tamanique Scruse (left), clinical supervisor at Gándara Recovery Services for Women (GRSW) in Holyoke and Shandria McCoy, clinical case manager at our Mooreland STARR residential program in Springfield.

murphy group