Nancy Bauser - DELEGATE, ACSW, BCETS, BCDT, CPC
In 1971, I survived a head-on collision and sustained a severe brain-stem injury. I was 20 years old and a senior at the University of Michigan. After rehabilitating and recovering for only nine months, I completed my undergraduate education. I went on to obtain a master’s degree in Social Work, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. In 1984, I was admitted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers, A.C.S.W.
I have written a book Acceptance Groups for Survivors, A Guide for Facilitators and it is my goal to help people and encourage people dealing with Trauma to take their next step. I developed a 24 week format for teaching acceptance of injury, disability or illness, in 2000.
I chose this career path because
I was in Special Education and realized I could not be in a classroom of 30. The trauma that I suffered inspired me to help others dealing with trauma.
I prepared for this career by
My education, professional background, and personal experiences prepared me for my career. In addition to my degrees and my experience being an educator, I worked as a peer counselor for out-patient mental health & substance abuse clinics.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
Because I am limited, I cannot be part of the mainstream workforce.
My greatest strength(s)
I can establish a relationship with anybody!
My greatest accomplishment to date
I have written a book Acceptance Groups for Survivors, A Guide for Facilitators that is on Amazon. Every morning brings new accomplishments for me.
My personal/professional goals
My goal is keep myself active and always involved in something. I want to be as vital as long as I can be. Continuing to write and developing my book into an interactive program are both additional goals of mine.
What/Who has inspired me the most
I am inspired to help people; No one helped me when I was disabled and I do not want to see people fall into the same pitfalls I did.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I want to be remembered for my perseverance and being someone who never gave up or quit trying.
I have received the following Honors/Awards/Scholarships
2009 Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame Semifinalist
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award From the International Association of Business Leaders
Recipient of the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns’ 2010 Certificate of Appreciation
2000 Outstanding Intellectual of the 21st Century-International Biographical Ceneter
2008 Cambridge Who's Who
2016 Presidential Award-Universal Publishing