Paul A. Kurzman, PhD, ACSW
Former Chair, NASW Insurance Trust
Paul A. Kurzman is a Professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He served for 26 years on the New York State Social Work Licensing Board, the largest in the country. Professor Kurzman also served as Chairperson of the NASW Insurance Trust; Chair of the National Adjudication Task Force; Chair of the NASW Competence Certification Commission; Chair of the Register of Clinical Social Workers Board of Directors; and President of the New York City Chapter of NASW. He teaches practice and policy in the masters and doctoral programs at Hunter and presents widely on professional liability, risk management, confidentiality and ethics.
Dr. Kurzman has served as a social work consultant and expert witness in many malpractice proceedings. He is an author or editor of 12 textbooks, and of “Workplace Ethics: Issues for Human Service Professionals” in the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, and of “Professional Liability and Malpractice” in the 19th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work. Dr. Kurzman holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.S.W. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University.
President, New York City Chapter (2004–2006); Chair, National Competence Certification Commission (2001–2004); Chair, National Adjudication Task Force (1993–1995); Chair (1991– 1993) and Trustee (1987–1991) of the NASW Insurance Trust; Member of the National Board of Directors (1980–1983); Chair, Board of the Register of Clinical Social Workers (1975–1978). He is currently a presenter for the NASW Assurance Services Risk Management Program.