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. So my hope for the program was that I would be paired with a mentor who would give me some insight on the different agencies in town and a run down of the who’s who of Tulsa and OU. I felt a good mentor would be someone who could give me open and honest feedback about the professional choices that lie ahead and someone who would lend an ear when I had questions.

I am so glad to report that through the Social Work mentoring program I have gotten a mentor who has met and exceeded all my expectations. Clarissa Jones, LCSW has been not only a professional and social resource, but an example of Social Work’s core values of service and competence. Ms. Jones works on the OU-Tulsa campus with NRCYS. She is involved with curriculum writing and development for training of kinship, foster and adoptive parents for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Clarissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced as an individual, family and group therapist with a focus in family development and sexual abuse treatment. She also graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Master’s in Social Work. She has has garnered respect from her colleagues and supervisors through her professional contributions both on the Tulsa campus of OU and the Tulsa Community.

Her greatest contribution to me however has been her willingness to support me as a Schweitzer Fellow. Although being chosen as a Schweitzer Fellow is a great honor, I have to admit I have felt a little overwhelmed at times. Her patience and willingness to challenge my limiting thoughts and offer more suitable, realistic replacements has been invaluable. She has offered me the opportunity to view my fellowship in a greater sense in that my participation is not just a service to the participants in the project I design, but as service to OU and the Social Work Department as well. She saw my insecurities and she stood firm in her belief in me by offering me the gift of her highest expectations. And for that I am truly grateful. I am so happy to have participated in the Social Work mentoring program for it has definitely exceeded my every expectation.

LaTasha Lucas, Current MSW Student

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