Social work students learn about resiliency, weaving, advocacy at conference

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Social work students learn about resiliency, weaving, advocacy at conference

 NASW-OK conference attendees
From left: Casie Brittain, Crystal Bryant, Kylene Rehder, Lacey Vaughan and Jason Thompson represented Northwestern Oklahoma State University at the annual National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 37th Annual Oklahoma State Conference.
 Kylene Rehder and Lacey Vaughan
Kylene Rehder (left) stands with Lacey Vaughan, Undergraduate Student of the Year.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University social work faculty and students recently attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 37th Annual Oklahoma State Conference held at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education.

This year’s conference theme was “Resiliency, Weaving, and Advocacy.” Northwestern was represented by social work majors, as well as Kylene Rehder, social work program director and chair of the department of social work, and Casie Brittain, social work interim director of field education.

Students in attendance included social work seniors Crystal Bryant, Stillwater; Lacey Vaughan, Lamont; and Jason Thompson, Woodward.

The keynote address was presented by Dr. Jeane W. Anastas, president of NASW. During the conference, social work practitioners and students had the opportunity to attend more than 20 different workshops covering topics such as suicide prevention, addressing needs of Latino immigrant families, Medicaid, health literacy, self-care, narrative therapy, social work ethics, disaster preparedness and response, moral injury, working with veterans and social work licensure requirements and policy updates.

Sharolyn Wallace, NASW-OK president, presented Northwestern student Vaughan with the Undergraduate Student of the Year Award.

To learn more about Northwestern’s Department of Social Work, contact Rehder at kdrehder@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8135.

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