NASW Ohio Chapter: Alleged Facebook killer is not a Social Worker

Apr 17, 2017

Robert Godwin. Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Robert Godwin Sr. Photo courtesy of Twitter.

We are deeply troubled by the killing of Robert Godwin, Sr. in Cleveland and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. We’re now hearing that local news media have referred to the shooter, Steve Stephens, as a social worker.

While Stephens is a case worker at Beech Brook, the licensing board’s website  confirms that he is NOT a licensed social worker. In Ohio, the title “social worker” cannot be applied unless an individual is licensed by the state. If you see a reference to his being a social worker, please alert NASW Ohio and contact the source for correction.