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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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  • Rachel Maxwell - Rethinking Family Homelessness

      Undergraduate student Rachel Maxwell shares about her practicum experience at Positive Tomorrows and the creation of her website, Rethinking Family Homelessness, developed through an independent study. She starts the MSW program with us this summer. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of having my practicum at Positive Tomorrows, a private school devoted to addressing the issue of homelessness.   Read More...

  • American Indian Foundation Field Unit

      Thirty-eight tribal nations in Oklahoma have a government level relationship with the United States. This sovereign status has vast policy implications for social workers that must coordinate services across local, state, and tribal jurisdictions for the largest ethnic group in the state. The Council of Social Work Education has awarded Drs.   Read More...

  • The Power of Mentoring

      I must say I was very happy to participate in the Social Work mentoring program as a mentee. This is not only my first year in a graduate program but I am also new to Tulsa. Before I met my mentor I was completely ignorant of the major players on campus and in Tulsa.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma Policy Institute Summer Institute Scholarships

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work will provide up to three scholarships to the Oklahoma Policy Institute (OPI) Summer Institute program. This includes one undergraduate student, one graduate student from Tulsa and one graduate student from Norman. Scholarship application deadline: May 23, 2016 The OPI Summer Policy Institute gathers both undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma colleges and universities in a multiday event that offers: • Seminars, panels, workshops, p...  Read More...

  • La Tasha Lucas, Tulsa Schweitzer Fellow

      MSW student La Tasha Lucas was selected as one of the inaugural Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows. These students will be working on projects that address the causes of health disparities. Below La Tasha shares about her project and motivation.   Read More...

  • Mitzi Pope: Addressing Elder Abuse

    In March 2015, I was invited to New Orleans by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to participate in a tribal listening session with representatives from tribal governments and service providers and those that work closely with tribes, tribal domestic violence coalitions and federal responders. NCALL is the lead technical assistance provider to communities receiving federal grants to address elder abuse. NCALL questioned whethe...  Read More...

  • Simulation Debriefing Training

    Haruv USA is offering training programs that use social simulations in order to train professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. The simulation training takes place in the new and innovative Schusterman Pediatric Social Simulation Center in the Tandy Education Center at OU-Tulsa. Any simulation training is recorded and includes a debriefing process.   Read More...

  • Social Work Research

    In celebration of Arts and Sciences Week, Social Work will be hosting a table at CAS Research Day today in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. We've loved looking back over the year at all the quality research produced by our faculty. With implications at the local, state, national, and international levels and over $2.3 million in funding, we'll let the numbers do the talking.   Read More...

  • Student Secures Prescription Assistance Program Grant for MHAO

    In one of the ACP Concentration Year courses (Resource Development) students are tasked with completing a grant application. Students can opt for a simulated grant, or write and apply for a real grant in hopes of meeting a need for their practicum site. Jedediah Bragg is currently at the Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHAO) serving as the Project Manager working on designing and implementing the Association's Community Health and Wellness Program in partnership with the William K.   Read More...

  • Student Seeks Grant to Fund Prescription Assistance Program

    In one of the ACP Concentration Year courses (Resource Development) students are tasked with completing a grant application. Students can opt for a simulated grant, or write and apply for a real grant in hopes of meeting a need for their practicum site. Jedediah Bragg is currently at the Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHAO) serving as the Project Manager where he works on designing and implementing the Association's Community Health and Wellness Program in partnership with the William K.   Read More...

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