Honoring 100 for the 100th: James (Jim) Marks

James (Jim) Marks is currently employed as Executive Director of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers. Since his hire in January 2011, Marks has worked to increase safeguards for the welfare of the public of the State of Oklahoma by establishing, promoting, and enforcing high standards of practice for licensed social workers. He has been instrumental in strengthening the Oklahoma Social Work Practice Act by working diligently with the legislature toward multiple statutory and rules changes. These changes have served to streamline licensure requirements for those seeking to become licensed social workers without compromising the core mission of the regulatory process and the need for increasing public protection. In addition to the legislative changes, Marks has successfully navigated two Sunset Reviews with the Oklahoma legislature. As a result, the Oklahoma Social Work Practice Act remains in effect and will not be up for Sunset Review again until July 2020.

Prior to his current employment, Marks was Director of the Child & Adolescent Health Division/Maternal & Child Health Service for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which provides preventive and primary care services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families through Clinical Services. He was also the Director of Preventive Health Education, Early Childhood Initiative to include child care, School Health, Adolescent Health to include Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention projects and Youth Suicide Prevention activities, and SAFE KIDS Injury Prevention activities. Additional employment experience includes 10+ years of work in Child Protective Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Marks was certified as a forensic interviewer for sexually abused children. Mr. Marks has more than 27 years of administrative and clinical social work experience.

Marks received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 2004. He was recognized as Social Worker of the Year by NASW Oklahoma in 2013. Additionally, he received the University Of Oklahoma School Of Social Work Hall of Fame Award for Professional Development Leader for the State of Oklahoma for 2012-2013. He is now honored to be included as one of the 100 for the 100th anniversary celebration. Marks remains closely linked to the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as a member of the University Of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work Board of Visitors and he routinely reaches out to the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work students to educate them about the regulatory and licensure requirements.

Be it working with the legislature, professional organizations, or students, Marks has strived to create a strong public awareness of social work practices within the state. He adheres strictly to the agency mission of maintaining high standards that reflect best practice in the profession of social work and to ensure that qualified professionals are available to the citizens of Oklahoma.

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Sun, April 2, 2017 @ 2:23 PM

2. Charlotte Kendrick wrote:
Appreciate the great work you do at the licensing board! Always helpful and responsive.

Fri, April 14, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

3. Steven W. Pharris wrote:
Jim's contributions to the profession has no ends. His skills and knowledge of social work regulation lead him to assist in the planning and hosting of an international social work regulatory education conference focusing on Social Work Mobility. If asked what accomplishment he is most proud of during his tenure as a professional social worker, I am most certain his response would be, "My daughter is a Sooner and is on Oklahoma women's gymnastics team."

Tue, July 25, 2017 @ 10:10 PM

4. Wanda Felty wrote:
Congratulations, Jim. Your work and passion has been exciting to witness as you have grown personally and professionally. You are well deserving.

Tue, August 8, 2017 @ 5:54 AM

5. sharon neuwald wrote:
Good guy whether at the Health Dept or Licensing Board. Always helpful and cooperative.

Thu, September 7, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

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