12th ANNUAL SUMMER SOCIAL WORK INSTITUTE AT AN GIANG UNIVERSITY - 2017

Dr. Neal Newfield, PhD, LICSW. Neal is an Associate Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University and a social documentary photographer. He teaches courses in individual, marital and family therapy. Neal is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is co-editor of a book titled Connecting the Dots: Intersectionality and the Understanding of Diverse Groups, that is currently under review.

WORKSHOP #1:  SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY:  RE-SOLVING PROBLEMS THROUGH EXCEPTIONS (May 22-23) – Neal Newfield, Ph.D., LICSW.

This workshop will lay out the basic concepts of Solution Focused Therapy. Participants will learn how to identify exceptions to problems set goals that reduce resistance, and what is your role as a social worker if you are not a problem solver? Different kinds of clients will be identified and how to best respond to them. Time will be spent examining exception questions, miracle questions, scaling questions, relationship questions, and other forms of questioning along with compliments, and the importance of relationships that put the client as the lead agent of change. Motivational Interviewing and factors common to successful therapy will be identified.   Techniques will be practiced in the workshop.

 

Ms. R. Marie Watson, MA, MS – Marie is a cognitive behavioral therapist in Ho Chi Minh City She is the founder of Hope Unending a U.S.-based INGO. Marie has worked with women empowerment through counseling and training in the countries of Zaire (now DRC), Madagascar, and South Africa.  Hope Unending works in Vinh Long province and has a recovery and training program north of Ho Chi Minh City. Her interest is helping survivors of human trafficking through recovery support, after care and career assistance. Marie is also interested in offering training support to Vietnamese initiatives that fall within the PAC profile for vulnerable populations.

WORKSHOP #2: PREVENTION, AWARENESS, AND CAPACITY BUILDING (PAC):  ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUALITY, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING (May 24) – Marie Watson, MA, MS.   

This workshop will focus on the Prevention, Awareness and Capacity Building Program (PAC) implemented in Vinh long Province. Participants will examine this 3-year project its development, and comprehensive training objectives that involve social workers, government officials, law enforcement, and community leaders.  PAC’s goals are to raise awareness of social ills, protect and empower exploited and vulnerable populations, and provide multi-disciplinary support.  In this workshop, information sharing and group discussions will highlight needs and potential solutions in the key areas of effective entrapment models both domestic and international, forced labor, illegal marriages, and domestic violence.

 

Ms. Loan Luong, B.A., Luong is a Senior Operations Manager for the Pacific Links Foundation (PALS). In her current capacity with PALS, she produces operational protocols for all programs and supports PALS’ counter-human trafficking activities. Luong has over 20 years of experience working with vulnerable youth and children in a social work capacity. She is a co-founder of Cay Mai, which counsels homeless street youth, provides crisis intervention and case management  linking youths with other social services, and assisting with social work internship placements.

WORKSHOP #3:  MY HOME IS THE STREET:  WORKING WITH STREET YOUTH (May 25-26) – Loan Luong,  B.A.

Cay Mai is a long-term project working with street youth in Ho Chi Minh City.  Lesson learned in this practice concerning harm reduction, crisis intervention, and how one should position oneself as a social worker to effectively work with these youths will be presented. A 6 step case management process will be presented.

 

Mr. James Keim, MSW, LCSW. James is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University and Director of the Southeast Asia Children’s Project, a group focused on the prevention of child trafficking and the treatment of its victims. He is co-author of the book, The Violence of Men, and a contributor to other texts on therapy with children and families. Currently, he is a Fulbright Roster Candidate for Vietnam.

WORKSHOP #4:  SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND PREJUDICE (May 29-31) – Jim Keim, MSW, LCSW.

This workshop will examine how common aspects of group psychology, including attribution errors, stereotypes, and the just-world hypothesis, contribute to prejudice and other social injustices. We will then review research that suggests ways of counteracting these human tendencies. The goal is for attendees to gain practical approaches for helping both instigators and victims of social prejudice.

 

Dr. Susan Newfield, RN, Ph.D.,PMHCNS-BC. Susan is an Associate Professor, Chairperson of the Family/Community Health Department, West Virginia University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She is a family therapist and teaches courses in individual and family mental health care. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

WORKSHOP #5:  WORKING WITH DRUG ABUSING CLIENTS: THE BASICS OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (June 1-2) – Susan Newfield, RN, Ph.D., APRN, BC. 

This workshop will identify drug abuse and examine the biology of addiction and its impact on the individual physically as well as psychologically. Common addictive substances will be identified as well as the medicines used to help people withdraw from drugs. Approaches to the psychosocial treatment of drug abuse will be presented and relapse prevention will be discussed.   Techniques of psychosocial intervention will be practiced in the workshop.
 

Dr. Suzanne M. Anderson, DPST, MSW. Suzanne is a certified crisis responder/trainer with the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Suzanne has worked in the USA, Canada, Yugoslavia, Singapore, and Southeast Asia training and responding to industrial accidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and war trauma. Suzanne is a clinical counselor in Singapore. Suzanne's doctoral research focused on training human trafficking aftercare workers in the Mekong countries.

WORKSHOP #6: MEETING THE LONGER-TERM MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF TRAFFICKED WOMEN (June 5 – 7) – Suzanne Anderson, DPST, MSW.

This workshop will address the longer-term impact of trafficking trauma, grief and loss, and longer-term interventions to support the recovery of trafficking victims developed around the framework of education, experience, energy, reassurance, rehearsal, referral, advocacy, activism and actualization with an emphasis on developing resilience.

 

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