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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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  • Hope Theory to Reduce Critical Incidents Among Soldiers

    Social Work Faculty member Ric Munoz recently visited, along with Human Relations professor and Assistant Dean Chan Hellman, US Army and Air Force base Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) just outside of Seattle. The purpose of the visit was to begin training military chaplains in the usage of hope theory to reduce critical incidents among soldiers, particularly suicide. Suicide has been linked to a sense of hopelessness, which is the perception that one's goals are unattainable, no matter the ...  Read More...

  • OU Represents at CSWE APM

    Our faculty will be presenting 13 times throughout the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting this week. Special congratulations to faculty member Megan Gandy-Guedes and colleagues who will be presented with the 2016 Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) Scholarship Award for their paper "Impact of victimization, community climate, and community size on mental health of sexual and gender minority youth" at the LGBT Caucus...  Read More...

  • Pennyrose Perez Named CSWE Minority Fellow

    The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) recently announced the third Now is the Time: MFP-Youth Master’s Student Cohort. Congratulations to Pennyrose Perez, Tulsa MSW student, who was named of the 40 fellows. The fellowship for advanced social work master’s students is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It offers financial and other supports to direct-practice focuse...  Read More...

  • Health Professions Week - Alumni Spotlight

    Frannie Pryor is the first behavioral health consultant at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Oklahoma City. She is dually licensed as a clinical social worker and alcohol and drug counselor and is also certified in behavioral health case management. She completed a post-graduate certificate program in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in May of 2014.   Read More...

  • Health Professions Week - Alumni Spotlight

    Health Professions Week is designed to help college and high school students explore the various career options in health. Many of our alumni work in health related settings playing vital roles. Today alumna Tracy Schettler, Behavioral Health Consultant for the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at OU, is sharing more about what she does.Practicing social work in an integrated family medicine setting is an exciting, fast pace career choice.   Read More...

  • Southern Oaks Block Party

    Held on Saturday, August 13th from 10 am - 2pm in the Southern Oaks Park of South OKC, the Southern Oaks Block Party was a collaborative project with several South Oklahoma City anchor institutions; specifically the Southern Oaks Community Center (Parks and Recreation), Southern Oaks Library (Metropolitan Library System) and Parmelee Elementary (OKC Public Schools). The University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work launched two community practice and civic engagement interns...  Read More...

  • Faculty Update - Chloe Noyori-Corbett

    Dr. Noyori-Corbett attended the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Institute Summer School in Beijing, China, 1-13 August 2016, with the support of the OU Ed Cline Award for which she was selected by a faculty senate.  She gained knowledge about the techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, based upon the well-known Alkire Foster method.   Read More...

  • USDA Awards OK Farmer's Market Coalition Multi-Year Grant

    In 2014, Professors Karen Gray and Ric Munoz began working with a coalition of farmers’ markets, activists, and the Community Service Council to expand “Double Up Oklahoma” (DUO). DUO doubles SNAP (food stamps) participants’ purchasing power for more locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables by matching SNAP purchases at farmers’ markets (dollar for dollar up to $20 per visit). This is a win-win for small farms and SNAP recipients by bringing local produce to low-income tables.   Read More...

  • Drs. Noyori-Corbett & Moxley Named Humanities Fellows

    Drs. Noyori-Corbett and Moxley were selected as Humanities Fellows for the center's 2016-2017 theme "Outcasts and Outlands” and were awarded a grant to benefit their project called “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Myanmar Women’s Use of Art and Narrative to Portray Their Hopes for Successful Resettlement in a Southern American City.” This was the latest of several grants earmarked for the Myanmar Women Refugees project. Dr.   Read More...

  • Brynn Dickinson - Infant Crisis Services Practicum Experience

      Brynn Dickinson, 2016 BSW graduate, shares with us about her practicum experience and future plans.  As my time at the University of Oklahoma and the Zarrow School of Social Work comes to an end, I am very thankful to have had a superb practicum experience at Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City. Infant Crisis Services is a non-profit food and clothing pantry (also providing many other items) that serves the Oklahoma metro area infant and toddlers, along with many clients fro...  Read More...

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