Social Work with American Indians


The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work is excited to add a new certificate program to our offerings. Students can now get a graduate certificate in Social Work with American Indians. This certificate program is 15 hours with three core courses (3 hours each) and 6 hours selected from within Social Work or Native American Studies with approval. For more information, contact Dr. Byers. 

One of the core courses, Social Work with American Indians, is currently being offered this summer. It has assignments tailored to inform the Oklahoma Native American Juvenile Justice Task Force (ONAJJ). Students are reviewing prevention and intervention programs rated as effective by the National Institute of Justice. The reviews will be informed by knowledge of tribal culture, current realities, and state-tribal coordination efforts. The students will then offer their projects back to the ONAJJ and Indian Education entities to strengthen efforts for tribal youth. The class recently had speakers from Indian Education, Creek Nation, and Dr. Ketchum, faculty member from OU-Liberal Studies, who has conducted a study of disproportionate minority contact involving tribal youth.

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