Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends, and best practices.  The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Poverty Solutions

Friday., Jan. 23, 2009, Noon

Infant Psychosocial Considerations and Why They Matter

The lecture will be a tribute to the inclusion of Clinical Social Work consultation as a Soonercare benefit during the perinatal period. The presenters will describe the psychosocial considerations known to have impact on the healthy outcome of childbearing, parenting, and early infant mental health. “Whatever does not specifically back up the idea that parents are responsible people will in the long run be harmful to the very core of society ... out of the healthy family comes the future.” D.W. Winnicott, The child and the Family and the Outside World.

Kathryn Alexander, ACSW, LCSW and Sherry A. Blazi, MSW

About the Speakers:
Kathryn Alexander
, ACSW, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker with the Maternal and Child Health Division of the Oklahoma State Deptartment of Health, in rural eastern Oklahoma (Sequoyah and Muskogee Counties). She has been a Social Worker for 33 years, practicing in interdisciplinary settings. She is a 1977 graduate of The University of Texas – Austin, School of Social Work and was a Clinical Social Work Fellow at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (1987).

She grew-up in Okmulgee, a second generation Oklahoman. Her mother, Urith, was a pediatric nurse at a large urban charity hospital in the 1930s. Her father, grandfather, and brothers span a century of continuous physician coverage in Okmulgee.

Sherry A. Blazi received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1983. Blazi is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma. Blazi has worked with young children and their families for the past 35 years. Currently, Blazi is the social work consultant and technical supervisor for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s SoonerStart/Early Intervention Program, and Clinical Social Worker for the Oklahoma County SoonerStart Team. In this position, she works with children from birth to three years who have delays/disabilities and their families providing home-based services. In addition, Blazi is the current President of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.

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Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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