September - October 2018 Newsletter Anne and Henry zarrow school of social work

OU School of Social Work students and faculty were excited to participate in the first Pride Festival in Norman, OK:

Pics from Pride Festival in Norman
In collaboration between the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Haruv USA, Dr. Steven Wells taught a course on Motivational Interviewing for the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here he is pictured with his students: Evgeny, Sharon, Hodaya, Nili, and Kalanit.

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Gray on her retirement! It was great to see some alumni and friends who came to celebrate Karen's career and wonderful achievements!

Pics from Karen Gray's retirement party
We’re excited to officially welcome Gal Avni Barlev as the new Director of Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa — a training institute for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. Gal was born in Israel and earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Social Work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Here she is pictured with her husband, Eran Barlev.

New Student Organization

“United Students in Service” is a new student organization in Norman. It is an organization for students in recovery and those who support recovery, which promotes and encourages fun in recovery, community outreach, and awareness through education. It will provide a safe place for students in recovery, build unity, flourish academically, and achieve their goal of graduation.

Tribal Worker Training

For the past year, faculty from the University of Oklahoma have been collaborating with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Oklahoma Region and Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Program Leaders to develop a tribal social services workforce training curriculum utilizing the Simulation Center at OU-Tulsa (OU-SCOUT). Rita Hart (far right) is our new Tribal Training Program Coordinator for the OU School of Social Work.

All Professions Day 2018 on Friday, Sept 7th: Social Work students from the Norman campus participated in APD 2018 at OUHSC with approximately 1000 students from the health professions to engage in inter-professional team learning. We’re so proud of our students!
Each year the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work awards departmental scholarships to qualified students. This year 77 scholarships were awarded to both MSW and BSW students on both campus locations totaling over $117,700 in aid for students. We anticipate giving up to $156,200 in aid for the 19-20 AY (that’s 78% more than we were able to give just five years ago, thanks to our generous donors!). Be sure to apply for our scholarships when the applications open in February! To see more about our financial opportunities, please visit our tuition and assistance page:

Zarrow Mental Health Symposium "Innovations in Mental Health"

The Zarrow Mental Health Symposium "Innovations in Mental Health" took place in Tulsa on October 4th and 5th. Professionals in the field of mental health spent two exciting days exploring innovative service models, programs and technologies that will benefit people they serve. Our School was well represented - 3 of our faculty members made presentations: Tina Peterson, Jon Kratz and Ricky Munoz.

One of our alumni, Paula Sophia Schonauer has been selected as one of "100 Oklahoma Women Trailblazers" to be honored at a celebration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Oklahoma WOMEN Winning the Right to Vote, sponsored by the League of Women Voters!

Walking 'In Her Shoes': Faith Leaders Participate in Domestic Violence Simulation

That was the title and premise of a one-day seminar for clergy and others interested in learning how to help victims of domestic violence. Held at Wildewood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), led by the Rev. Dwayne Rodgers, the event was sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma and Haruv USA.

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