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Orchard Place's Clinical Director Diane Worick receives statewide Sue Pitts-Fischer Memorial Award


Pictured: Amber Rand, Diane Worick and Kristie Oliver


Des Moines, Iowa— Orchard Place’s Diane Worick, Clinical Director, recently received the Sue Pitts-Fischer Memorial Award in recognition of her service to Iowa children and families. The honor was awarded by the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa at Orchard Place on May 24, 2017.

The Coalition presents the Sue Pitts-Fischer Memorial Award each year to recognize staff who have shown outstanding achievement in leadership, mentorship, and advanced practice of child and family services through the public/private partnership.  

As a leader and mentor in social services for over 45 years, Worick has been the backbone of the Orchard Place PMIC campus for all but ten (10) years of its existence.   Worick has personally experienced the evolution of children’s mental health treatment in Iowa and with every change, she adapted, modified and grew from the experience.  She has trained hundreds of social workers and mental health counselors towards LISW/LMHC status and provided hundreds of supervision hours over the course of her career. 

She is a wealth of information and naturally shares her knowledge with others and aspires to see others grow and learn. 

“Over years of serving children and families, Worick has impacted our community in countless ways,” says Amber Rand, Vice President of Orchard Place Campus. “We are proud to see her honored for her dedicated efforts to create positive outcomes for kids and families.”

The Coalition for Family and Children’s Services was established in 1979 as an alliance of member agencies that work to strengthen services for Iowa’s children and families. For more information, visit