Two from Northwestern's social work program present at Louisiana conference

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Two from Northwestern's social work program present at Louisiana conference

August 2, 2011

In July, a student and faculty member from the Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University traveled to Louisiana to present at the 36th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas.

Rae Wilson, director of field education, and Kylene Whiteman, Freedom senior, attended the conference hosted by Northwestern State University of Louisiana. “A Place to Call Home: Honoring Family and Culture in Rural Social Work Practice” took place in the middle of July.

Wilson presented “As Rural as it Gets: Teaching Core Competencies in Practice II Across the Digital Divide using Popular Films.”

“This presentation was well-received, and it gave me the opportunity to conceptualize the competencies and assignments in order to report succinctly for Northwestern’s reaffirmation documents,” Wilson said.

“I love this conference because it is small enough to gain insight from other educators and professionals in the field about social work education and practice needs,” Wilson said.

Whiteman made a virtual presentation titled “Rural Communities as Adapting Systems.” Her introduction video and PowerPoint presentation were available digitally for attendees to review throughout the conference.

Student poster presentations are highly sought after for these conferences. Whiteman submitted a proposal to the conference chairperson, Barbara Pierce, suggesting the presentation be downloaded as a video and PowerPoint presentation rather than the static one dimensional poster.

Wilson said the conference jumped at the chance to be able to add multi-media to the poster session.