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Pribble earns licensed clinical social work credential


Jennifer Pribble, director of social work field education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently earned her licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) credential with the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers.

The LCSW clinical credential requires a practicing master's level social worker to be under supervision of a LCSW and passage of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam.

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance societal well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people. Social workers carry out this mission through different licensure levels equivalent to their academic training. Clinical social work practice includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral disorders. Treatment methods include the provision of individual, marital, couple, family and group counseling and psychotherapy.

Pribble is grateful to be able to help others through obtaining her degree.

"Social workers are the largest group of mental health care providers in the United States, and I'm happy to say that I am one of those providers. It is my job as a social worker to empower people to combat mental illnesses, substance abuse and social problems," Pribble said.

In order for Pribble to obtain her clinical credential, she worked as an outpatient mental health therapist for children and families at a non-profit agency in northwest Oklahoma. While there, she completed more than 4,000 practice hours, 3,000 clinical hours and 100 hours of educational supervision with a board-approved LCSW clinical supervisor.

Northwestern's bachelor of social work program prepares generalist social work practitioners that qualifies graduates to apply for the licensed social work associate credential. Social work is one of the few helping professions that licenses professionals at the baccalaureate level.

"I am honored to bring my credentials to Northwestern and support the licensure of BSW social workers graduating from our program," Pribble said.

Pribble earned a bachelor of social work from Northwestern and a master of social work from the University of Oklahoma's Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.


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