Angela Bauer is the Senior Program Director of Mental Health Clinical Services at Family & Children’s Services (F&CS), a community mental health center in Oklahoma. Bauer has been at F&CS for the past 8 years. She leads several programs with over 40 staff members, a combined budget of just under $4 million, and serves over 5,000 consumers a year.
Bauer, a licensed clinical social worker, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa (1993) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma (1998). She was in one of the first few graduating classes from the Tulsa-based OU Social Work program and has fond memories of long weekends spent with classmates at what was known at the time as “UCAT” (University Center at Tulsa).
Even before graduating from the University of Tulsa, Bauer began working in the mental health and substance abuse field where she demonstrated a passion for her work. For the last 25 years, Bauer has been committed to individuals, families and systems in order to improve their capacity to function. Her specialties in working with individuals include individual psychotherapy using evidence-based treatments with an emphasis on suicidality, crisis intervention, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. She has conducted an extensive amount of group therapy work ranging from inpatient residential treatment with adolescent male sex offenders, to young children in inpatient units, to outpatient Drug Court and substance use programs. Within community systems, she has created programs designed for specific needs of client populations and has inspired teams of clinicians to passionately pursue helping individuals and systems. She has been a leader throughout her career, working with multi-disciplinary teams to integrate everyone’s strengths in pursuit of improved social welfare. Embodying the values of social work enables Bauer to be a change agent as a leader and as an individual. Social work systems theory plays an integral role in her work. She applies the principle that an effective system is based on individual needs, rewards, and attributes of the people using and living in the system. Her understanding of how to apply this theory has led to many changes within the healthcare systems she has worked in, with the outcome of creating more efficient, impactful systems that help many clients.
Bauer is excited to be identified by the University of Oklahoma as an honoree in the 100th anniversary celebration. She recognizes that the honor also belongs to her family who has loved and supported her throughout her life and made it possible for her to pursue her dreams. She is married and has two teen-aged children. Her mother, father, brother, sister-in-law and two nephews are also an important part of what makes her social leadership achievable.
Posted on Fri, February 24, 2017
by Laura Kent filed under