Jason Thompson joins NASW-OK Board of Directors

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Jason Thompson joins NASW-OK Board of Directors

September 4, 2012

 Jason Thompson and Kylene Rehder
For the second year in a row a Northwestern Oklahoma State University student has been named to the National Association of Social Workers’ Board of Directors.  This year Jason Thompson (left) will serve as the undergraduate student representative along with Kylene Rehder, Department of Social Work chair, who currently serves as the Northwest Branch chair.

Jason Thompson, Woodward junior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was elected as the undergraduate student representative to serve on the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW-OK) 2012-2013 Board of Directors.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for NASW-OK,” Thompson said. ”I think this will be an exceptional learning experience for me, and I am looking forward to progressing the mission of the Board of Directors while expanding my career experiences.”

Following graduation, Thompson plans to pursue a master's degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma and work with children, adolescents and families.

“My goal is to one day have my own practice after getting my L.C.S.W (License Clinical Social Worker),” Thompson said.

This is the second consecutive year for a Northwestern social work student to hold the position of the undergraduate student representative for the NASW-OK Board of Directors.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for a student to expand their social work knowledge and skills while providing a voice for all undergraduate social work students in the state of the Oklahoma,” said Kylene Rehder, assistant professor and chair of the Social Work Department.

Rehder was elected as the Northwest Branch Chair in 2011 and will serve her last term this year. She has been a member of National Association of Social Workers since 2001. She holds a Bachelor in Social Work from Northwestern and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. She is a licensed clinical social worker with the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers and specializes in child welfare. Rehder is currently completing her doctorate in higher education leadership at Northcentral University.

“I am excited to serve my last year as the Northwest Branch Chair and honored with the opportunity to enhance professional growth of social workers, maintain professional standards and advance social policies,” Rehder said.

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