Honoring 100 for the 100th: Jacqueline Cook

Ms. Jacqueline (Jacque) Cook has filled numerous roles throughout her social work career. From an educational perspective, she has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work since 1977, as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine since 1998, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine (1991-present) at OU College of Medicine, and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the OUHSC College of Medicine from 1983-1991. Additionally, she has lectured on practice of social work to Family Medicine residents, PA students, psychiatry residents, medical students, and nursing students. Ms. Cook exemplifies professional social work practice at its finest. Her dedication to ethics, her disciplined approach to achieving goals, and her unassuming humility characterize a true leader and an exceptional role model.

Jacque graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work in May 1974. Ms. Cook has been licensed as a social worker since the inception of the Oklahoma Practice Act, dating back to December 1980. She has held a clinical license throughout her licensure history, but has also held the administrative specialty license as well. In total, Ms. Cook has over 42 years of social work experience and practice. Jacque has served as a practicum supervisor for countless social work students. In her role as a practicum supervisor and a licensure supervisor, she has helped launch many social work students and young professionals into the social work field. With Jacque’s tutelage and guidance, many of these students have advanced their social work careers and have become leaders in the field by serving high level positions within their agency setting, serving on boards, and facilitating efforts at the local and state level addressing social justice issues. As described by one of her former students, Jacque’s “skills as an instructor are outstanding. She is knowledgeable, patient and able to skillfully guide students through their school experience.” In addition to her role as a practicum supervisor, Ms. Cook’s commitment to the School is evidenced by her service to the School, most notably, serving on the 90th Anniversary Planning Committee in 2007 and serving on the Board of Directors for the Board of Visitors from 2006-2009.

Ms. Cook has served as member and Chair of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, the entity that regulates the practice of the profession in the State of Oklahoma. She received an appointment by the Governor with Senate confirmation to serve on the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers beginning in 1994. She served as the Board’s Vice Chair from 1995-97, and as Board Chair from 1997-1999. Since completing her two terms, Ms. Cook graciously served as advisor and mentor to the two Board Chairs who followed her. Jacque continues remain active with the Board of Social Work and serves on the Social Work Board’s Disciplinary Committee, a position she’s held since 1995. Her influence and guidance on this committee continues to have far reaching effects on the advancement and strengthening of the social work profession in Oklahoma. Also related to her work with the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Worker, Ms. Cook has participated in presenting the Board Approved Supervisor Trainings for several years. She has been a Board Approved Supervisor since April 19th, 1984. Jacque has supervised countless individuals seeking to become eligible for clinical licensure.

Other state level organizations Ms. Cook has served include being elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers’ Oklahoma Chapter, serving from 1996-1998 as Secretary of the Executive Committee. Ms. Cook has been active in her local NASW Branch activities, as well as making presentations on several occasions at the Annual NASW State Conferences. Jacque served as a board member of the Oklahoma Health and Welfare Association and the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, the Professional Standards Committee 1996-2006, as well as the Licensure Review Committee 1994-96.

In Family Medicine, Ms. Cook served as the Coordinator for the Behavioral Medicine curriculum.

From 1987-90, she was an acting director for outpatient mental health services at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital (now part of OUHSC). Prior to her work with OUHSC, Jacque maintained a part-time private practice as LCSW and LMFT until recently. She has been recognized to have received many honors during her distinguished social work career, most notably, the Hall of Honor, Distinguished Achievement as Social Work Practice Professional in 2005, and the NASW-Oklahoma Social Worker of the Year in 2010.

She has authored numerous publications that have been featured in social work, family medicine and gerontological journals. Jacqueline Cook simply exemplifies every quality we’d expect to see from a social worker. She maintains strict adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics in all of her professional and personal relationships with people.

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