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Social Work Spotlight

  • Community in Action: TFD Follow-up

    You may remember learning about a new practicum placement with the Tulsa Fire Department in a recent spotlight post

    Here's the latest on this placement:
    Students embedded in the Tulsa Fire Department have, to date, served 58 clients. The initial program data run in the first six weeks of the practicum showed an 80% decrease in 911 calls from the top 10 utilizers of emergency services. The most current data, 14 weeks into the practicum, of the top 10 super utilizers shows an average of 57.8% decrease in emergency calls. The students have successfully closed 8 cases and continue to actively work with or monitor the remaining clients. New referrals are coming in daily from the individual fire stations and outside agencies and individuals.

    The students have made program presentations to fire department command staff and outside agencies including Life Senior Services, 211, Day Center for the Homeless, and A Way Home for Tulsa Outreach Work Group consisting of a collaboration of several community organizations addressing homelessness. 

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More Social Work Spotlight

  • Student Research - Vanessa Brown

    Vanessa Brown, MSW Student, summarizes her current work with Professor Ric Munoz: Qualitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Empowerment and Hope for Safety Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. In an effort to move research with victims of IPV from depressive symptomatology onto psychological strengths this study explored the relationship between empowerment and hope as measured through subjective perceptions of control of victims of IPV. Empowerment theory states that individuals m...  Read More...

  • There's Only One

    Professors Ann Riley and Steven Wells served as “counselor-judges” at the American Bar Association National Client Counseling Competition hosted by the OU College of Law this spring. Counselor judges are used because the ABA believes this provides training for the law students on both legal and interpersonal skills. Congrats to our faculty for being asked and for serving the greater OU community.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Kara Brunk

    Kara Brunk, MSW student, shares about her research as presented at the 33rd Annual Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Conference. Research has found that people with higher levels of hope are able to identify and engage in multiple avenues toward their goals. Moreover, life satisfaction is considered the cognitive component of what we colloquially call “happiness”.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Sheyda Zakerion

    Sheyda Zakerion is a BSW student, AmeriCorps member, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, just to list a few things. Recently she has been working on some new research that she shares with us today.   Read More...

  • Faculty Activity

    Dr. David Moxley has been elected to serve as a member of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council is the governing body for all policies relating to Graduate Education on the Norman Campus.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Jedediah Bragg

    Jedediah Bragg, MSW Student and Graduate Research Assistant, shares his current work as presented at the 2014 OU Tulsa Research Forum. He was awarded third place in the Social and Behavioral Research category. Both The World Health Organization and The Institute of Medicine have recommended a shift from traditional healthcare systems to interdisciplinary healthcare teams.   Read More...

  • Faculty Activity

    Anthony Natale and Christina Miller have been elected to serve as representatives on the College of Arts & Sciences Committees. Dr. Natale will serve on the Executive Committee representing the Professional Programs.   Read More...

  • Alumni Note

      A note from 2014 BSW Graduate, Kathy Rawdon:  The first annual Sooner Mosaic Social Justice Symposium was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 - it was a fantastic experience not only to present my own research, but to hear presentations from other students around campus pertaining to a variety of social justice topics. My presentation title was "Advocating for the Arts in Authentic Education of Disenfranchised Children and Youth." I presented with recent MSW graduate Jackie Ledbetter in ...  Read More...

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