William S. Meyer Teaching Award

Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas 
The William S. Meyer Distinguished Teaching Award

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has established a new award, The William S. Meyer Distinguished Teaching Award, recognizing an outstanding member of our faculty who conveys the heart of psychoanalysis with clarity and passion.

Bill MeyerThe first recipient of the William S. Meyer Distinguished Teaching Award is William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD, himself! Bill is the Director of Training for Social Work and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at Duke University Medical Center. He practices in Duke’s high-risk obstetrics clinic and has taught and supervised social work interns and 3rd year psychiatry residents at Duke for over 30 years. Bill also holds faculty appointments at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, the University of North Carolina, and Smith College. He has lectured and published numerous clinical papers on a variety of mental health topics and brought particular attention to the painful history of Psychiatry and the LGBT+ community.

Bill has received many prestigious awards for his teaching and clinical work, including Social Worker of the Year from the NC Society of Clinical Social Work (1998), the Heart of Social Work Award from the North American Field Educators and Directors of the Council On Social Work Education (1999), the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association (2004), the Day-Garrett Award by the Smith College School for Social Work (2010), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (2011). No supervisor has had more interns from the UNC School of Social Work than Bill.

Bill has taught the introductory course in psychoanalysis through the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas for more than 25 years. He is a past-President of the national American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) and founded the NC chapter of the AAPCSW. Through his collaborative leadership, three national AAPCSW conferences were held in Durham, NC. Bill is a former President of the NC Society for Clinical Social Work and was Secretary and Elected Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He has served on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Social Work and the Clinical Social Work Journal.

Bill Meyer is a learned person, a social work leader, and also a mensch. He is loved and respected by generations of students for his lucid presentation of complex psychoanalytic ideas and his generosity of spirit. 

This award will be formally presented to Bill when we are once again able to assemble together.
Colleagues and former students are invited to send messages of congratulations and stories about Bill to Natalie Peacock-Corral, LCSW.


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