Rehder elected as Board Secretary for Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers

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Rehder elected as Board Secretary for Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers

February 24, 2016

Dr. Kylene Rehder Dr. Kylene Rehder
Chair of Social Work Department

Dr. Kylene Rehder, chair of the Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been elected for a two-year term to serve as the board secretary for the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers (OSBLSW).

In 2015, Rehder was appointed to serve on this board by Gov. Mary Fallin. Rehder holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Northcentral University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern.

She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers and specializes in child abuse and neglect, disaster mental health, and technology in social work education and practice. Rehder is credited with leading the social work program to external accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was presented the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award in 2013.

Rehder is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a member of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) where she serves as a disaster mental health responder. She currently serves as a board member on Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) that works to strengthen child welfare services in Oklahoma and a board member of Freedom West Community Development Corporation, a non-profit development entity in Northwest Oklahoma that works to revitalize rural communities. Rehder also serves as the Jake and Jayne Lindsay Endowed Chair in Social Work.

The OSBLSW is a seven-member board charged with safeguarding the welfare of the public of the State of Oklahoma by establishing, promoting and enforcing high standards of practice for licensed social workers.

The state board’s vision is to have strong public awareness of social work practices within the state, maintain high standards that reflect best practice in the profession of social work, and to ensure that qualified professionals are available to the citizens of Oklahoma.

For more information on the social work department or social work courses, contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or