Northwestern social work students awarded stipends

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Northwestern social work students awarded stipends

September 5, 2008

Two students in the Social Work program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are the recipients of the 2008-2009 Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) stipends.

The social work majors include Bethany Redman, Goltry junior attending the Enid campus, and Janet Wharton, Cherokee sophomore attending the Alva campus.

The program provides funds for students who plan careers in child welfare services in Oklahoma. The stipends are awarded to full-time students majoring in social work and provide $6,435 per year for educational expenses to participating students. Students who receive the stipends complete educational internships in child welfare agencies within the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Upon graduation, students are assured employment in the participating DHS programs.

CWPEP is a partnership between five Oklahoma universities. The University of Oklahoma manages the child welfare consortium. Other participants include Northeastern State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, East Central University and Oral Roberts University.

Northwestern became eligible for participation in the CWPEP when the social work program was granted candidacy for accreditation in 2006. Northwestern's social work program offers courses by distance learning to campuses in Alva, Enid, Woodward and Ponca City. There currently are about 40 social work majors at Northwestern. Social work graduates are offered incentives to remain in the Northwest Oklahoma region to meet the needs of social and human service agencies in fields such as child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, corrections and family services.

The CWPEP program at Northwestern is administered by Kylene Rehder, MSW, LCSW. She is an assistant professor of social work and the director of the social work program.

The CWPEP program at OU is administered by Linda Smith. The program is conducted under the supervision of Rebecca Bogard, MSW, who is in charge of professional training for the child welfare services of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funding for the educational program is provided by Title IV-E of the social security act, called the Child Welfare Training program.