Social work professional James Marks to present at Northwestern-Enid

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Social work professional James Marks to present at Northwestern-Enid

April 12, 2011 

James Marks
James Marks 

Social work students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and area social work professionals will have the opportunity to hear James Marks, executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, speak on Monday, April 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Northwestern-Enid at 2929 E. Randolph Ave., room 210.

His topic, “Social Work Licensure - Requirements, Legislation, and Policy Update,” will be available via ITV to Northwestern-Alva in Education Center (EC )108, and to Northwestern-Woodward, room 143.

Marks’ presentation is available for professionals who need continuing education units (CEU). One and a half CEU hours will be offered for social work professionals attending this event.

Providing services to multiple agencies, Marks has 19 years of state employment experience. He has devoted his entire professional career to the field of social work and has practiced in both a clinical setting and served in an administrative capacity.

In addition, he has six years in social work education. Most recently, he was employed as the director of the Child & Adolescent Health Division/Maternal & Child Health Service for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), which provides preventive and primary health care services for infants, children, adolescents and their families.

Prior to his tenure at the OSDH, Marks was employed with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services Division (CFSD). He has experience with investigations, permanency planning, supervision and state level administration.

As an adjunct professor with the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work, Marks has six years of part-time graduate level teaching experience, which affords him knowledge to bridge academics and workplace application. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work in 1999. He has been a licensed clinical social worker in Oklahoma since 2004 and received his social work supervisor training in 2009.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students and area social workers to meet the new executive director of the social work licensure board, network and learn about licensure requirements and policy updates,” said Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair. “We are thrilled to be bringing Marks to Northwestern, as he is an accomplished social worker and a dynamic presenter.”

For questions regarding the event, contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or