Honoring 100 for the 100th: Claudia Arthrell

Following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work, Claudia Arthrell began work at Family and Children’s Services (F&CS) in 1979. Currently, Claudia is the Senior Program Director of Professional Services at F&CS. During her time at F&CS, Claudia has served as a therapist, supervisor, program developer, and local and national trainer.

Claudia has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Helping Children Cope with Divorce Program, recognized nationally for its outcomes and best practices. She has led the community through times of crisis and is a nationally certified Psychological First Aid Trainer. Claudia has overseen the Tulsa County Family Court Program with Judge Mary Fitzgerald, and both have received statewide recognition for the program’s priority for assisting families as they go through divorce. Claudia supervises an innovative federal grant in the child support arena which provides counseling, education, mediation, and parenting planning to many parents trying to be present in their children’s lives. Statewide, F&CS is one of the few agencies offering ongoing parenting, divorce, and relationship classes in the Tulsa metropolitan area with continuous scholarship funding so no participants are turned away.

Claudia has a passion for training the next generation. With the assistance and direction of the agency clinical supervisors, Claudia facilitates the scheduling of in-service CEU trainings each year. Finding the trainers and the programs to meet a variety of staff training needs has been instrumental in the ongoing excellence in service F&CS delivers.

Working with universities, interns, and agency supervisors has become another role for Claudia. Taking the time to help all interns find their best opportunity for training and professional growth has expanded over the years. F&CS takes great pride in training our next generation of professionals in the work setting.

For 25 years, Claudia enjoyed writing her “Teens N Tweens” column in Tulsa Kids magazine as well as having a weekly spot with Glenda Silvey on the “Families First” segment of the KOTV noon news. She has received awards form the Oklahoma Marriage and Family Therapy Association as an Outstanding Clinician and was awarded the Pinnacle Award by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women as well as the Mental Health Association of Tulsa for her contributions to the Tulsa Community.

Claudia has maintained a small private practice in individual, marriage, and family therapy and is a collaborative divorce coach, discernment counselor, mediator, and life coach.

Claudia treasures her family most for supporting her through the years. Dan, her husband of 44 years, their sons, Justin and Mykey and their wives, Kelly and Margaritte, and their four grandchildren, Millie, Sage, Ash, and Simone bring great joy to her life. Claudia’s clients have served as her professional inspiration. These programs would not be possible without the incredible families who trust F&CS to support and challenge us to do our best.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Laura Thompson wrote:
Congratulations! Well deserved honor! You have been a mentor and role model for me.

Mon, May 8, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

2. Justin Arthrell wrote:
I am so proud of myself for her accomplishments and commitment to improving the welfare of the Tulsa community. She sets an amazing example of how to live a life that matters and design a career that is enriches and leaves our world a better place. Congratulations!

Tue, May 9, 2017 @ 6:58 PM

3. Holly Fritch, M.D. wrote:
Congratulations, Claudia. You have been a very capable passionate caring person since I first met you in the eighth grade. It is rewarding to see your efforts acknowledged.

Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 9:37 PM

4. Suzy Ewing wrote:
I cherish the years that we have worked together and look up to you as a model of Social Work at it's finest! Thank you for your mentoring and your friendship.

Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

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