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Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, & Social Work


Debra J. DeWitz

Office: On the campus of NDSU, Fargo, ND
Phone: 701-858-3145

Debra J. DeWitz joined the social work faculty at Minot State University in the fall of 2003. She previously taught at the Moorhead State University undergraduate social work department for six years, and at the University of North Dakota graduate and undergraduate social work programs for two years.

Prior to her experience in university education, Deb worked in North Dakota and western Minnesota in rural areas, as well as in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Much of her direct service experience was at the BSW level, so she is well versed in the ways in which undergraduate social workers are employed in this state, as well as how the undergraduate programs prepare these entry level professionals.

Debís BSSW was from the University of North Dakota, and her MSW was from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her direct practice was all connected to child welfare in some way. She served as a youth services development worker, volunteer coordinator for services for youth, crisis intervention worker for youth, family therapist in both traditional and in-home settings, and as a supervisor. Deb also completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Social Welfare at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Debís believes teaching should incorporate visual, auditory, and experiential components. She believes assignments in the social work major classes should reflect information learned, skills in synthesis and critical analysis, and should also be related to actual future practice. These assignments, as well as class exercises, should also incorporate values issues, as well as integrate the ways in which disempowered or disenfranchised groups are affected in this country, and how social workers can work for social justice.

Deb teaches SW 330 (Behavior in a Pluralistic Society I), SW 256 (Development of Social Welfare), and is also the Field Coordinator.

Field Education Manual [pdf]
Field Education Pre-Placement Packet [pdf]
Social Work 330 Behavior in a Pluralistic Society [pdf]
Social Work 256 Development of Social Welfare