TULSA, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work has named Family & Children’s Services’ Claudia Arthrell its social work practice professional of the year.

Arthrell, who oversees eight F&CS programs, including Family Life Education and the Tulsa County Family Court Program, will be honored along with six other social service professionals and leaders at a noon luncheon June 19 in Norman at the Community Room in Zarrow Hall, 700 Elm Ave., in Norman.

Claudia Arthrell


“Claudia represents the true spirit of social work,” said Gail Lapidus, executive director and CEO of F&CS, who praised Arthrell for her pioneering work developing and implementing Helping Children Cope with Divorce, a resource that helps parents lessen the impact of divorce on children.

Arthrell, senior director of professional services, has been with F&CS for more than 35 years. She has worked as a therapist, supervisor, program developer and trainer.

“She worked for many years advocating for the family court to adopt child- and family-friendly policies and practices during contentious divorce or other family court legal matters,” Lapidus said. “And she’s played an integral role for two decades as a program developer for F&CS in crisis management, family therapy, parenting and educational programming.”

Arthrell oversees three court programs, F&CS internships, and the agency’s divorce and education efforts, in addition to conducting seminars in stress management, psychological first aid and helping children cope with divorce.

She has her master’s in social work from OU’s School of Social Work, is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and is a licensed clinical social worker.

For more information, contact Melanie Henry, chief communications and development officer, at mhenry@fcsok.org, or go to www.fcsok.org.


About Family & Children’s Services

For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.

Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.