Honoring 100 for the 100th: Catherine Claybrook

Image of Catherine ClaybrookCatherine Claybrook is the Clinical Supervisor in the Women in Recovery program at Family & Children’s Services, (F&CS) a behavioral health care provider in the Tulsa Metro area. She has worked at F&CS since 2006 holding numerous positions within the agency including Therapist, Intern Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor, and Program Director. Ms. Claybrook supervises the delivery of trauma-informed, gender-responsive clinical services within an alternative to incarceration program with an overarching goal of reducing the number of female receptions to the Department of Corrections in Tulsa County.

Ms. Claybrook is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (2004) from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to becoming a social worker, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (1988) from Cameron University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (1990) from Texas A&M University. It was during her 12 year career in the Information Technology field that Ms. Claybrook discovered an interest in social work after volunteering at a math camp for middle school girls.

Pursuing education in the field of social work has allowed Ms. Claybrook the privilege of doing work she is passionate about such as therapeutic foster care, inpatient mental health services, couples and family counseling, and most recently, intensive outpatient treatment for women facing long term prison sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses. Since obtaining clinical licensure, she has developed specialized skills working with individuals who have experienced multiple, complex traumas as well as those who suffer with addiction.

In 2014, Ms. Claybrook was featured in an article in LifeLines entitled Stories from the Human Safety Net, which highlighted the rewarding and demanding work of social workers. She received an F&CS Spotlight Award in 2015 recognizing her dedication, clinical skills, and program development accomplishments. Ms. Claybrook is appreciated for her dynamic leadership, compassionate approach, calm presence, and sense of humor. She exhibits an ability to motivate clients toward lasting change and is inspired by the resilience and strength of those she serves.

Ms. Claybrook is grateful to the colleagues, educators, and licensure supervisors that invested their time and energy into her growth as a social worker with special thanks to Dr. Tonia Caselman, Dr. Mary Brandt, and Suzy Ewing, LCSW. She seeks to demonstrate similar commitment to social work mission and values as she influences students and MSWs as a practicum field instructor and licensure supervisor.

It is with tremendous pride that Ms. Claybrook welcomes her daughter into the social work field after completing a BSW from the University of Oklahoma and anticipated completion of an MSW in May 2017. Ms. Claybrook is honored to be recognized by the OU School of Social Work as one of the 100 for the 100th anniversary celebration and represent social workers across the state who instill hope and enhance well-being every day.

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