Social Work faculty attend reaffirmation workshop

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Social Work faculty attend reaffirmation workshop

March 23, 2011

 Kylene Rehder and Rae Wilson
(From left) Kylene Rehder and Rae Wilson, social work faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, are photographed during the CSWE workshop in Alexandria, Va. 



Social work faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Reaffirmation Workshop in Alexandria, Va.

Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair and Rae Wilson, social work field education director, traveled to Virginia to fulfill the requirements in order to continue the department’s accreditation process that is reevaluated every eight years.

Northwestern’s social work program reaffirmation date is February 2013.

By attending the workshop, Rehder and Wilson gained vital information to assist them in the reaffirmation process. Rehder said the workshop provided considerable information on social work education pedagogy, CSWE accreditation standards, educational policies and effective program assessment procedures. The workshop specifically addressed how to submit eligibility documents, construct a thorough self-study, host a site visit, write an informative program response to a site visit report and use accreditation specialists effectively.

“It is always affirming to meet with other social work educators from across the country,” Wilson said. “During this workshop, commissioners, our accreditation specialist Joyce White and our colleagues gave us positive feedback regarding our efforts thus far.”

“Over the last couple of years, the social work program has been implementing necessary processes, policies and curricular changes to address new CSWE accreditation standards and educational policies,” Rehder said.

“The curriculum now represents competency-based education and supports students in becoming social workers practitioners through the mastery of 11 core competencies. The reaffirmation process is very labor intensive, but we look forward to its challenge and the opportunity to discuss program- and student-successes,” Rehder said.