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Assistant Lecturer/UW Casper Field Education Coordinator
BSW, University of Wyoming
MSW, University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming/ Casper College Center
Division of Social Work, UU434
124 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601
Office Hours, Spring 2014:
Tuesday: 9-11 am
Thursday: 9-11 am or by appointment
I continue to practice as a clinical social worker at a local non-profit agency providing individual services to a variety of clients. My main interest of practice at this time is using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) as a treatment modality to assist individuals in recovery from trauma. Another area of interest for me is the concept of holistic health and well-being as well as self-care for social workers and other health care professionals.
I have the privilege of teaching several classroom courses as well as field practicum. This allows for me to be involved with students throughout their BSW program making it possible to adapt my teaching to fit their needs during their learning process. I feel that learning is a process and as a teacher my responsibility is to guide and foster the growth of students in their developmental process. I also believe strongly in incorporating different learning modes to aid in the development of learning tasks and overall professional development of students. I use lecturing as a teaching mode when I want to relay knowledge and foster deeper inquiry on a particular subject. I use lecture more in the beginning of a semester to gather a solid knowledge foundation so particular information can be recalled, analyzed, and applied. I use reflective assignments such as reflection papers, journals, and short student presentations to give students an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge that they are receiving and to begin to evaluate their learning experience. I use skill labs and hands-on activities as a teaching mode when I am wanting to teach skills, coach, and train on the fundamental skills of social work.
I am a Wyoming native and attended the University of Wyoming for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as Casper College for my associate's degree. I have worked in a variety of social work settings including adolescent residential treatment, substance abuse treatment, early childhood center, domestic violence agency, and a family resource center, taking on many social work roles from case manager to program manager at different times in my career. I truly enjoy being a faculty member for the University of Wyoming Division of Social Work and the opportunity to work with students, faculty, and staff. Outside of work I am an outdoor enthusiast, spending as much time as possible on my mountain bike in the summer and my skis in the winter with my husband and enjoying time with my family and friends in wonderful Wyoming.