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About the Authors

Dianne J. Orton has been the Field Practicum coordinator at the School of Social Work, University of Missouri–Columbia, since 1991. Dianne received her Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in recreation therapy at the University of Iowa and earned her undergraduate degree in special education at the University of Northern Colorado. Dianne's career has included social work positions in the medical, child welfare, and school social work arenas. She has also been a special education teacher (K–12) and a higher education administrator in student services at a private institution.

At MU, Dianne is responsible for the management of both the undergraduate and graduate field education programs. She is also an advisor to undergraduate students and teaches field-related courses. Dianne's academic interests include teaching students journal-writing techniques during their field practicum experience that emphasize reflection, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, and visual imagery that integrates photography and descriptive writing during students' capstone experience.

Tammy L.W. Freelin has served as the Coordinator for Student Services for the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Social Work since 1998. She received her MSW from the University of Missouri–Columbia with an emphasis in planning and administration and earned an undergraduate degree from the same institution in educational and counseling psychology.

Tammy's career has included case management, volunteer training and coordination, community organizing, and parenting education. At MU, Tammy is responsible for advising undergraduate and graduate students and student groups, coordinating admissions and recruitment, and advising on career-related issues.

Fresa J. Jacobs has worked at the School of Social Work, University of Missouri–Columbia, since 1998. She earned a BA in fine art with an emphasis in drawing from the University of Missouri in December of 2000. She also earned a BS in accounting from Truman State University in 1997. Fresa's career has included a variety of experience, from layout and graphic design to database management and accounts payable. She has played Ultimate Frisbee in Columbia, Missouri, for the past four years.

Robin R. Wingo joined the faculty of the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1994, where she received her MSW with an emphasis in children and family. Her master's thesis focused on programs for juvenile delinquents who were committed to the state system for care and treatment.

Robin worked throughout the state of Missouri in a variety of treatment, consultant, training, and management capacities for over 20 years. Her earliest exposure to social service work was with adults who were chronically and persistently mentally ill. Following that, Robin worked with youth in residential care due to law violations and, as a social worker, worked with their families as the youth were released back into the community. She has also done pediatric, endocrinology, OB/GYN, and family practice social work in a Level I trauma and teaching hospital. Robin was involved in creating and coordinating the first statewide parenting “warm line” that provides support, research-based information, and referral to parents and professionals in Missouri. Robin has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Missouri–Columbia and is currently teaching at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Robin's teaching interests are practice methods and skills, practicum, and children/youth/family issues. She has also participated annually since 1999 in the Bristol (University) International Credit Earning Programme that focuses on comparative social policy.

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