Two NRCYS Staff Receive Awards

OU Tulsa Schusterman CenterThe University of Oklahoma Outreach National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS) recently had two staff members honored with awards. Jean Carpenter-Williams received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice and TeRessa Kaemmerling was the recipient of the 2015 Oklahoma Heart of Social Work Award from the OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

Carpenter-Williams, director of training development, received the President’s Lifetime Achievement award for her outstanding achievements in youth services across the country, as well as serving as co-editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Practice. At NRCYS, she has worked with residential programs across the country on improving the culture of care, reducing seclusion and restraint and implementing the Managing Aggressive Behavior (MAB) program. She serves on the Executive Board for the Association for Child and Youth Care Professionals, a national organization dedicated to professionalizing youth work. Carpenter-Williams also is experienced in the development of training curricula, including the Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Curriculum and MAB. She has worked in residential settings as a recreation therapist, direct care worker and unit manager.

Kaemmerling, assistant program director at NRCYS, was honored with an award established after OU social work students urged formal recognition of field instructors and their commitment to students and to the development of the professional social work in the state . In her position, Kaemmerling manages the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Independent Living Program. She also facilitates training and technical assistance to youth-serving agencies nationwide. She has served as a direct care worker for a youth services shelter, a shelter administrator and a group home assistant director.

The National Resource Center for Youth Services has been enhancing the quality of life of the nation’s youth and their families for more than 25 years by improving the effectiveness of human services through training and technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally.

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