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15 NWOSU social work majors enter the field for practicum

• To apply core competencies, demonstrate practice behaviors


February 3, 2019

Fifteen Northwestern Oklahoma State University senior social work majors started their spring semester entering practicum agencies in Northwest Oklahoma to complete 420 contact hours, demonstrate 31 practice behaviors and master the program’s nine core competencies as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education.

“The signature pedagogy of the social work program is the field experience component,” said Jennifer Pribble, assistant professor of social work and director of social work field education. “By allowing students to immerse themselves into field practicums they are able to develop the skills to become a generalist social worker upon graduation.”

Each student in their field practicum is assigned to a field instructor, someone with specific credentials in the agency, to reinforce social work ideas, practice behaviors and competencies.

“The field instructors are crucial to the educational development of these social work students,” Pribble said. “Without them volunteering their time to contribute to the education of social work students, field practicums would not be possible.”

Students currently in their field practicums with hometowns and their practicum agency placements are Rhema Abercrombie of Mulhall, 4RKids in Enid; Heather Bettencourt of LaHarpe, Kansas, Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva; Mirssa Branine of Woodward, Big Five Headstart in Woodward; Jordan Cremers of Ponca City, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services – Vocational Rehabilitation in Alva; Elizabeth Fox-Shipley of Laverne, Woodward Public Schools in Woodward; Jessica Goodballet of Mooreland, Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward; Alicia James of Laverne, Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward; Jordan Koehn of Hooker, Utica Park Clinic in Tulsa; Keilah Pool of Woodward, United Methodist Circle of Care in Woodward; Marsellia Rael of Woodward, Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Woodward; Emma Reed of Freedom, Northwest Family Services in Alva; Jennifer Ruppel of Woodward, Northwest Domestic Crisis Services in Woodward; Madeline Turner of Enid, Youth and Family Services in Enid; Denise Tyrell of Vancouver, British Columbia, Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Tulsa; Katelyn Van Vickle of Shattuck, United Methodist Circle of Care in Woodward.

For more information about Northwestern’s Social Work Program contact Dr. Kylene Rehder, social work department chair and associate professor of social work, at 580-327-8135, [email protected] or Pribble at 580-213-3148, [email protected]


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