Northwestern Social Work faculty, students attend state conference

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Northwestern Social Work faculty, students attend state conference

Northwestern Oklahoma State University social work faculty and students attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 38th Annual Oklahoma State Conference on March 30-31 at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education.

This year’s conference theme was “All People Matter.” Northwestern was represented by social work seniors Lindsey Terpstra of Garber and Sarah Smith of Blackwell, as well as Dr. Kylene Rehder, chair of the department of social work, and Dr. Michele Scordato, assistant professor of social work.

During the conference, social work practitioners and students had the opportunity to attend more than 15 different workshops covering topics such as homelessness, trauma, clinical interventions, motivational interviewing, domestic violence, developmental disabilities, poverty, dementia, corrections, cultural competency, social work ethics and social work licensure requirements and policy updates.

To learn more about Northwestern’s department of social work, contact Rehder at or (580) 327-8135.