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Social Work Spotlight

  • Get to Know Jon Kratz

    What is your role in the School?

    I am an Assistant Clinical Professor on the Tulsa campus. 

    Have you always lived in Oklahoma? Or, are you a transplant? Tell us more! 

    I was born in Kansas, but moved to Brazil with my family when I was 3 years old. I moved to Oklahoma for my undergraduate education and have stayed here ever since.

    Where did you go to school? 

    Bachelors in Theology and Ministry from Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, OK) and MSW from OU-Tulsa.

    What are some of your favorite places you’ve worked, work you’ve done? 

    I've spent the majority of my clinical career working in forensic and outpatient settings. I am known to wax poetic about my experiences at the Phoenix Rising Alternative School. I also have fond memories from working with the excellent team at Daybreak Family Services.

    Why do you like working at OU? 

    I love teaching and am humbled to play a role in the education of some amazing new social workers.

    What motivated you to pursue your area of research? 

    Most of my research is pedagogical with a focus on the development of clinical skills in my students. The simulation lab is providing some exciting opportunities to explore new ways of teaching everything from Motivational Interviewing to suicide assessment and treatment

    What is your favorite thing about social work – or what surprised you about social work? 

    I love the manner in which social workers can promote positive change in society from micro level clinical work to mezzo and macro level leadership and advocacy.

    Do you have any hobbies? Please tell us about one? 

    If I'm honest, my favorite hobby is to unwind with at good video game. I also enjoy cycling.

    Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that few people know or that would surprise people? 

    I used to be a drummer in a world beat band.

    Learn more!

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  • Photovoice Project

    Recent MSW Alumna Jennifer Briggs shares her experiences working on a Photovoice project as recently shared in the Tulsa World: a Photovoice Study on the Strengths and Needs of Oklahomans Living with HIV/AIDS. Photovoice is a form of community participatory research which combines photography with grass roots social action. The goal of photovoice is to give a platform to members of our community who are often marginalized to share their experience and hopefully garner some kind of social ch...  Read More...

  • LEND Program

    LEND (Leadership Education in Neuro-developmetal and Related Disabilities) is a nationwide training program sponsored by the Maternal Child Health Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In Oklahoma, the LEND Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Program prepares graduate students for leadership roles as professionals with interdisciplinary skills to support community-based partnerships with professional colleagues, clients, and families. Within a 300...  Read More...

  • 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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