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Dr. Wendy Crook

 

Wendy Crook received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1996 and has taught at Florida State University School of Social Work since 1996.  She is a tenured associate professor and teaches social policy, administration, and homelessness courses.  Wendy's current research interests are organizational effectiveness, service outcomes, homelessness, and welfare reform.  She has published extensively on these topics and presented many conferences sessions locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.  As a FAVACA consultant, she has consulted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago on diverse social welfare topics, including curriculum development, social welfare infrastructures, research strategies, and strategic planning.

 

Projects:

UWI TRINIDAD SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM READY FOR ACCREDITATION.  Dr. Hamid Ghany, senior lecturer and head, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, requested assistance for the Social Work Unit of the department in curriculum development for the Masters Program they are establishing. They are also seeking accreditation from the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Wendy Crook, PhD, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, returned for her fifth trip May 4-8, 2003, to assist in solidifying the curriculum and positioning the social work program for accreditation.  A final position paper for CSWE was developed which details the faculty's support of accreditation if CSWE decides to accept applications from international programs.

UWI TRINIDAD CLOSER TO RECEIVING SOCIAL WORK ACCREDITATION.  Dr. Hamid Ghany, senior lecturer and head, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad, requested assistance for the Social Work Unit of the department in curriculum development for the Masters Program they are establishing. They are also seeking accreditation from the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Wendy Crook, PhD, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee returned for her fourth trip March 11-15, 2003, to help finalize the curriculum in the Masters Program and consult with staff regarding accreditation.  UWI is currently utilizing the CSWE standards; however they need assistance in curriculum development in order for the courses to meet the required standards.

UWI SOCIAL WORK ACCREDITATION PURSUED.  Dr. Hamid Ghany, senior lecturer and head, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad, requested assistance for the Social Work Unit of the department in curriculum development for the Masters Program they are establishing. They are also seeking accreditation from the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  UWI is currently utilizing the CSWE standards; however they need assistance in curriculum development in order for the courses to meet the required standards.  Wendy Crook, PhD, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University returned for follow-up strategic planning sessions with the 33 faculty of the Social Work Program October 29-November 2, 2002. 

UNIVERSITY OF WEST INDIES SOCIAL WORK UNIT CLOSER TO RECEIVING ACCREDITATION FROM U.S. COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION. Dr. Hamid Ghany, senior lecturer and head, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad, requested assistance for the Social Work Unit of the department in curriculum development for the masters program they are establishing and they are also seeking accreditation from the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  UWI is currently utilizing the  CSWE standards, however they need assistance in curriculum development in order for the courses to meet the required standards.  Dr. Wendy Crook, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University returned to provide technical assistance and training for the UWI Social Work Unit August 11-15, 2002.

UNIVERSITY OF WEST INDIES RECEIVES CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FROM FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COUNTERPARTS.  Dr. Hamid Ghany, Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Trinidad requested assistance for the Social Work Unit of the department.  UWI is in the process of developing a Masters' degree program in Social Work and requested assistance in curriculum development. The university is also seeking technical assistance with accreditation guidelines for the development of their program to be accredited under the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) in the U.S.  Dr. Wendy Crook, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University provided technical assistance and training for the UWI Social Work Unit March 11-14, 2002.

ST. VINCENT MINISTRY RECEIVES SOCIAL WELFARE EXPERTISE.  Noel Cooke, permanent secretary, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Housing, Local Government, Youth, Sports and Community Development, received assistance in establishing a task force to address social welfare issues in the Eastern Caribbean nation.  Veteran volunteer Dr. Wendy Crook, and Dr. Sally Mathiesen, assistant professors at Florida State University School of Social Work, conducted the consultations with the Department of Social Welfare in Kingstown, April 30-May 7, 2000.  They addressed social issues such as disabled children, battered women, abandoned and street children, services for youth, and the need for training of personnel who deal directly with these issues. 

FSU-UWI SOCIAL WORK PROFESSORS COLLABORATE. Continuing the collaboration between the Florida and Barbadian institutions FSU assistant professor Wendy Crook and faculty member Pat Lager consulted with UWI faculty and administration on field placement, community development and curriculum design issues. Their services were requested by Christine Barrow, Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at UWI. Both schools are in the process of redesigning their social work curriculums. The consultancy took place May 5-7, 1999. The volunteers also consulted with Senator George Griffith on child abuse legislation.

MARION HOUSE TARGETS INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTH Deborah Dalrymple Director of Marion House and her staff received training in program evaluation for the Vincentian social service organization. The implementation of evaluation tools will lead to better delivery of services and is crucial in securing continued funding for the agency. Pat Lager and Wendy Crook of FSU's School of Social Work provided the training as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions. Karen Ring trained staff in current social work topics along with compassion fatigue and stress management.  Crook also consulted with the Minister of Social Affairs to develop an updated position paper to improve the delivery of social services. The team worked May 3-5, 1999.

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