Social work presentation results in two Northwestern faculty serving on task force

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Social work presentation results in two Northwestern faculty serving on task force

November 17, 2011

Social Work Forum
(From left) Kylene Rehder, Steve Wells, University of Oklahoma undergraduate social work director; Sarah Schulz, Southwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor of social work; and Rae Wilson revisit topics from the forum mainly discussing issues with Oklahoma licensure laws. 

Kylene Rehder, social work program director, and Rae Wilson, field education director, represented Northwestern Oklahoma State University at the Oklahoma Social Work Educators Forum held at the University of Oklahoma this month.

The forum provides Oklahoma social work educators the opportunity to discuss common educational challenges, trends and opportunities and assists them in maintaining their partnerships in addressing the state’s social welfare needs. Rehder serves on the Planning Committee for the annual conference and presented the group with an update regarding Northwestern’s social work program. The conference agenda included topics on program gatekeeping, statewide recruitment, licensure requirements, and accreditation issues.

Rehder and Wilson also presented “Social Work’s Professional Identity: State Licensure Law in Oklahoma.” As a result of the presentation, Rehder and Wilson were appointed with other educators from the state to serve on a task force for advancing the state licensure law for undergraduate social work students.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited programs in attendance were from the University of Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, East Central University, Northeastern State University and Northwestern.