Avila University - Social Work



APRIL 26, 2012


Kelley Pierson (BSW 2012) is pictured above with her Colloquium poster featuring research on a client's "road to recovery".  Kelley is a senior social work major who transferred to Avila from Longview Community College two years ago. above right, Karen Stricker is shown with her Field Instructor, Teresa Johnston-Arndt from Kids TLC.  Field Instructors came out to support their students at the Colloquium. 

Jakobb Baldwin discusses his Colloquium project with evaluator Jaqueline Counts, MSW, Ph.D.   Dr. Counts is the Regional Project Officer for Health Resource Services Administration in Kansas.  Jakobb is a 2012 BSW graduate. Tonni Griffith displays her poster summarizing research conducted at her Field Agency. 

Below left, Dr. Francis Origanti, Chair of the Social Work department, discusses Jessi Anderson's poster.  The students were supervised on their projects in their Social Work Capstone course as well as in their Field Experience Agencies. Below right, Michele Taylor presents her case study to audience members at the Colloquium.



In order for a social work student to finish their degree they are required to complete research on the effectiveness of their social work interventions and then present the results for evaluation at the Social Work Colloquium, an annual event held each spring by the department.  This year's Best Poster Award was presented to senior Dereik Domerese.  Dereik is pictured below with Dr. Counts (far left) who served as the evaluator for the event, and Rebecca Gillam, LMSW, Assistant Director of Field Experience at Avila, who is the instructor for the Social Work Capstone course where the projects are completed.

Karen Stricker, left, and Sara Barlett, right, discuss their research with audience members prior to their formal presentations.