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Marjorie Brittain Hammock
Marjorie Brittain Hammock, LISW-CP, MSW, Diplomat, has been a practicing social worker for 49 years. She is a Gold Card member of the National Association of Social Workers. Ms. Hammock was a member of the NASW National Board and chaired national committees. She is a past President of the South Carolina Chapter and is currently Chair of the SC PACE Committee. Ms Hammock is an Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator in the Social Work Department at Benedict College.
Her background includes clinical social work practice with children, adults, families and communities. She has provided training services, program development and management. She has worked in New York City foster care and with Head Start. She has been active in Democratic politics beginning in NYC with John Lindsey's run for Mayor of New York City in the 1960's. In the 1970's she moved to Columbia, South Carolina where her first job was as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter.
She was the director of counseling at the Brookland —Carver Center. She went on to become the Chief of Social Work for the South Carolina Department of Correction. She was the recipient of a $92,000 federal grant to study the relationship between violence and international development in the context of substance abuse. The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the grant to the National Association of Social Workers. NASW chose four state chapters in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to serve as centers to identify, review and analyze research and resources on the link between drugs and violence. Included was a three-year, in-depth study of drug trafficking in Africa, Europe, the Near East, the Middle East, North America, Oceana, South America and South Asia.
Ms. Hammock's work in the area of bio-psychosocial assessment, which helps to explain all aspects of human behavior, has helped her to become recognized as a leading expert witness in capital cases where she provides testimony as a former mental health consultant and chief of social work services at the Department of Corrections .She has been involved in over twenty-one death penalty cases since 1999.
Ms. Hammock has received numerous awards including the Ernest F. Just Award for scholarship at the Doctoral Level, the Social Worker of the Year by the NASW SC Chapter and recently was profiled as an Exemplar in - Celebrating Social Work: Faces and Voices of the Formative Years. She served on the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandria, VA in 2003. She received her MSW from Howard University in Washington, DC and completed course work for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree, University of South Carolina.