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Judy Caprez, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.S.C.S.W.

Associate Professor 

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 Association.

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.


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