Northwestern senior social work students enter practicum agencies

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Northwestern senior social work students enter practicum agencies

 Alva senior social work students Northwestern-Alva senior social work students entering their practicum agencies to complete field experience requirements for a degree in social work are (from left) Caitlyn McOsker and Brenda Bribiesca.

Field experience for social work students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently began for the spring semester. Ten senior social work majors entered practicum agencies within northwest Oklahoma to complete 420 contact hours, demonstrate 43 practice behaviors and master the program’s 11 core competencies.

Field experience is the signature pedagogy for social work degree programs, which connects theoretical and conceptual course curriculum with the professional practice setting.

“The social work field experience is a central form of instruction and is critical in socializing students to perform the role of practitioner,” said Dr. Kylene Rehder, director of field education and chair of the social work department.

Listed below are senior students studying field experience, hometowns and their practicum agency placements:

 Northwestern-Enid senior social work students Northwestern-Enid senior social work students entering their practicum agencies to complete field experience requirements for a degree in social work are (from left) Nerum Karben, Kayla Murray, Sarah Smith, Angela Bryan, Cassaundra Webb and Lindsey Terpstra.

Brenda Bribiesca, Garden City (Kan.), Northwest Center for Behavioral Health- Alva; Angela Bryan, Enid, Youth and Family Services of Northcentral OK- Enid; Lorrie Corbin, Shattuck, Woodward County Department of Human Services/Woodward Public Schools; Jennifer Tunks-Johnson, Woodward, Office of Juvenile Affairs-Woodward County; Nerum Karben, Enid, Oklahoma Department of Human Services- Garfield County; Caitlyn McOsker, Alva, New Beginnings/Northwest Domestic Crisis Services- Alva; Kayla Murray, Shattuck, Prevention Workz-Enid; Sarah Smith, Blackwell, Domestic Violence Program of Northcentral OK-Ponca City; Lindsey Terpstra, Enid, Millennium Health Care- Enid; and Cassaundra Webb, Enid, Ross Health Care- Enid.

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

“Field instructors participate on a voluntary basis and without them our mission to educate our students could not be fulfilled. Their contributions to our students, our program, the social work profession, and the clients we serve are invaluable,” Rehder said.

For more information about Northwestern’s social work program contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or by email, kdrehder@nwosu.edu.

 Northwestern-Woodward senior social work students Northwestern-Woodward senior social work students entering their practicum agencies to complete field experience requirements for a degree in social work are (from left) Jennifer Tunks-Johnson and Lorrie Corbin.

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