Social work students, faculty attend annual conference

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Social work students, faculty attend annual conference

April 8, 2011 

 NASW Conference 2011
Dr. Hugh Clark, NASW-OK executive director, along with Stacy Phillips, Jaime Duncan, Kylene Rehder and Rae Wilson recently attended the National Association of Social Workers conference and brought home many skills to incorporate into real social work practice settings.
 NASW conference presenters
(Front row, left to right) Chene Tucker, Rae Wilson, (back row) Sandra Edge-Boyd and Debbi McFarlin combined their expertise to present “So You Want to be a Field Instructor” during the annual NASW conference.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University social work faculty and students recently attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 35th Annual Oklahoma State Conference held March 27-29 at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education.

This year’s conference theme was “Social Workers Change Futures.” Northwestern was represented by two social work students, as well as Kylene Rehder, social work program director, and Rae Wilson, social work field education director. Students in attendance were Woodward social work seniors, Jaime Duncan and Stacy Phillips.

“The NASW conference showed me how skills and theories relate to and are used in real practice settings,” Duncan said.

During the conference, social work practitioners and students had the opportunity to attend 23 different workshops covering topics such as innovative research tools, motivational interviewing, health care issues, treating addictions, professional social networking, self-care, play therapy and social work licensure requirements and policy updates.

“I was able to network with so many people,” Phillips said. “This was an incredible experience as a student in developing my professional identity.”

Wilson also co-presented, “So You Want to be a Field Instructor” with Sandra Edge-Boyd, field education director at the University of Oklahoma; Chene’ Tucker, field education director at Oral Roberts University; and Debbi McFarlin, social work program and field education director at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“The best part of this conference is always connecting with other social workers and social work educators,” Wilson said. “Attending their presentations gives me a ‘shot of enthusiasm’ to finish out the academic year and inspires me to enhance both coursework and field experience with new ideas for subsequent years.”

“The NASW-OK Annual State Conference is a brilliant opportunity to network with more than 400 social workers from across the state and exchange ideas and build collaborative relationships in order to advance human, social and political justice in our state,” Rehder said.

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