Judy Caprez earned her Master's
Degree in Social Work in 1963 from Ohio State University. In 1966,
she obtained an ACSW, which is the professional certification
for social workers. In 1975, she became a Licensed Specialist
in Clinical Social Work (LSCSW), the Kansas state license that
permits independent practice.
Since 1992, Ms. Caprez has been
on the faculty of the baccalaureate social work program. Since 1997,
she has been the Director of the program. She also teaches 3 or
4 classes a semester. She has maintained a part-time private practice
since 1992. She resigned as Director of Social Work in 2011 and now is teaching full-time.
In her past work experience, Ms.
Caprez has worked in a private psychiatric hospital, a VA outpatient
clinic, and a comprehensive community mental health center. She
also served as an Administrative Director of Staff Development and
Employee Assistance at a hospital.
Ms. Caprez is a member of NASW
(National Association of Social Workers), the College of Forensic
Examiners International, Inc., the Advisory Board of Forensic Social
Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, the Kansas Council
on Social Work Education, and the Baccalaureate Program Directors
Her areas of interest and expertise
include forensic social work, family violence, family law, mediation,
court appointed case management, mental health, and criminology.
She volunteers and serves on the
board of a community information and referral agency that also provides
emergency assistance to both residents and transient persons. Ms.
Caprez also writes a weekly column on family questions and answers
for the Hays Daily News.
In the last several years, Ms.
Caprez has been nominated numerous times for the Pilot Award and has
been selected four times as a "Top Prof" by Mortar Board. In September,
2001, Ms. Caprez was chosen by the Kansas Chapter of the National
Association of Social Workers as "Kansas Social Worker of the
Year." She has been included in "Who's Who Among America's
Teachers" in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.
Judy co-authored with Micki Armstrong an article on
the indigent mediation program, published in the October 2001 issue
of Family and Conciliation Courts Review.