Department of Social Work to play host to open house Sept. 16

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Department of Social Work to play host to open house Sept. 16

September 4, 2009

The Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is excited to announce the completion of the Social Work Resource Center and Interviewing Lab in Jesse Dunn 308. The department is playing host to a come and go Open House for the center on Sept. 16, from 1-4 p.m.

Northwestern employees and students, Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program partners, community members, Social Work Advisory Board Members and social work alumni are encouraged to come see the new center.

 Social Work Lab
Northwestern social work students now have access to the new Social Work Resource Center and Interviewing Lab. This space provides them with a place to study, research and practice interviewing skills.

“I am thrilled about the opening of the new Social Work Resource Center and Interviewing Lab,” said Kylene Rehder, Department of Social Work Chair. “It provides social work students with an incredible space to study, research and practice interviewing skills.”

Earlier this year, the department was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) with funds to be used to construct the center and interviewing lab.

With this new addition, the program can make interviewing equipment mobile and accessible to all social work students on all three campuses, as well as to Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) child welfare workers in this region. Because of this grant, students will have a unified space to learn and practice skills in order to support educational goals.

“The transformation of space is remarkable,” Rehder said. “It began as an existing classroom and now is a space equipped with the laptops, printers, social work literature, video equipment, a flat screen television and sofas.”

In the interviewing lab, it is equipped with both a video camera and a computer with web camera capabilities. This technology allows for students to save interviews, providing them with opportunities to view them immediately or at a later date.

“We want to thank the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program administered by the University of Oklahoma on behalf of the OKDHS for funding this project, senior administration for supporting this endeavor and the physical plant staff for their hard work,” Rehder said.

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