Child Welfare Family & Youth Development Field Unit


The Child Welfare Family & Youth Development Field Unit in Tulsa incorporates four CW related agencies-OKDHS Child Welfare, National Resource Center for Youth Services, Tulsa Child Abuse Network and the Family Drug Court. During the two semester field unit, Foundation MSW students will rotate between the four agencies, learning how the agency works, how it relates to child welfare practice and the role of social workers in the agencies.

The newest partner with the CW Field Unit is the Family Drug Court which is located at the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau with components at the Center for Therapeutic Intervention (CTI) and Child Welfare. Students in the Field Unit have the opportunity to observe Drug Courtroom activities and work with families that are involved with the court. In addition, those students are able to sit in on and observe therapeutic group work with these families. MSW students will be featured on the Tulsa County Drug Court's Facebook page this semester.

Practicum Objectives:
1) Provide MSW students the opportunity to meet and interact with the parents of OKDHS custody children. It is an opportunity for students to meet and assess the parents not as uncaring or unloving but as people who struggle to parent their children for a variety of reasons including substance addictions.
2) Introduce MSW students to the social problem and social problems related to the culture of substance abuse
3) Introduce MSW students to the “person- in- environment” concept
4) Introduce MSW students to available community resources
5) Introduce MSW students to a variety of cultures and systems (court, CW, Tribal, resources, race/ethnicity, substance abuse, poverty, social privilege, domestic violence, etc.), and
6) Introduce the concepts of coordination and collaboration between community and family partners

The goal of the Tulsa County Drug Court is to assist with the safe reunification of DHS custody children with their parents/caregivers who have substance abuse addictions. The program is a collaborative process that
provides relevant service referrals and intensive court monitoring. The drug court approach involves a drug court judge, ADA, attorney for the child(ren), attorney for the parent(s), family drug court personnel, DHS personnel and others that may be party to the case.

The Center for Therapeutic Intervention (CTI) component of the rotation allows MSW students to become involved in the Strengthening Families & Celebrating Families group work with parents involved with the Family Drug Court and their children, observing and participating in group work and social activities for those families.

The Child Welfare component allows students the opportunity to observe and participate in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare activities with these families, including visiting the parents at home, visiting children in placement (foster or other care), arranging services and participating in the Drug Court activities from a different perspective.

Field Unit students are pictured above with Mary Grissom, CWPEP Specialist, and Cindy Howard, Field Liaison. 

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