Northwestern social work students enter practicum agencies for field experience

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Northwestern social work students enter practicum agencies for field experience

February 9, 2012

Sixteen senior social work majors at Northwestern Oklahoma State University started their Field Experience in January at practicum agencies within the northwest Oklahoma area.

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

“Field Experience gives students the opportunity to apply ‘classroom’ knowledge gained to ‘real-world’ practice,” Rae Wilson, director of field education and assistant professor of social work, said.

During Field Experience, students will complete 420 contact hours and demonstrate the 43 practice behaviors and mastery of the program’s 11 core competencies.

Listed below are the seniors studying Field Experience, their hometowns and their practicum agency placements:

Karmen Andrews, Alva, Northwest Domestic Crisis Services; Janel Boyer, Enid senior, Enid Youth and Family Services; Megan Clark, Lamont, 4RKids of Enid; Ana Estrada, Hooker, Woods County Department of Human Services; Clarissa Fifield, Woodward, Northwest Treatment Center in Waynoka; Kara Gleyre, Alva, Bill Johnson Correctional Center; Jennifer Griffin, Enid, National Association of Social Workers-Oklahoma Chapter in Oklahoma City; Brianne Henricks, Woodward, Woodward County Department of Human Services; Kamelle James, Enid, Enid Youth and Family Services; Sarah Merriman, Woodward, Northwest Domestic Crisis Services of Alva; Jennifer Pribble, Woodward, Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward; Megan Pruitt, Ames, Share Medical Center; Danielle Wadsworth, Fargo, Northwest Center for Behavioral Health in Woodward; Tabitha Ward, Enid, Vance Air Force Base; Kylene Whiteman, Woodward, Northwest Center for Behavioral Health; and Melissa Wilson, Woodward, Northwest Domestic Crisis Services.

Wilson explained the Field Instructors’ commitment to mentoring, evaluating and supervising social work practicum students is significant in the amount of time and energy the process consumes.

“We are delighted with the support of our community partners in allowing students to participate in their agencies,” Wilson said.