10th ANNUAL SUMMER SOCIAL WORK INSTITUTE AT AN GIANG UNIVERSITY - 2015

Public health is concerned with what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people live can be healthy. Social work is concerned with how to use relationships to solve problems that impact community and individual health. This Summer Institute will focus on:

1. A Case Management Primer

2. Meeting Client ’s Needs: Strategies For Organizing Networks and Multi-Stakeholders.

3. Ethical Codes and Ethical Principles: Insuring That You Practice Ethical Social Work.

4. What Is In A Label?

5. After They Return: The Mental and Psychological Needs Of Trafficked Women And How To Address Them.

6. Sexual Exploitation and The Internet: Keeping Children

An Open House for High School Students and their parents

Each topic will be addressed as a workshop. The workshops are structured so that participants may attend one or more workshops. Early enrollment is encouraged. Participants may enroll in additional workshops at a later date if space is available. Members of all helping professions, but especially those in social work, social service work, or community health professions are encouraged to attend.

We invite participants who are (1) staff, faculty, and social work students and (2) social workers/collaborators/counterparts of Vietnamese American NGOs and other international and local NGOs.

Participants should have a bachelor degree in a social science related field. Three years of experience as a practicing social service worker will exempt the requirement of a degree. University students will be permitted to attend the Institute workshops on a space available basis after more qualified individuals are accepted.

These workshops will emphasize practical methods of working with people and solving problems. There is no registration fee for these workshops. We are encouraging contributions by non-grassroot entities such as bilateral funders, multilateral organizations, grantmakers to cover the cost of the workshops. Priority will be given to participants from co-sponsoring universities and organizations. All organizations are responsible for the costs of transportation, meals and lodging associated with sending their staff/collaborators to the training. For registration, please fill out the attached form and send it via email to: swsi.htctxh@gmail.com

For more information, yọu may wish to contact:

Mrs. Le Thi Hong Hanh (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Center-An Giang University)

Phone: 097 482 8916 – 0763 943 695

Mrs. Phan Thi Nhu Hoa (Pacific Links Foundation)

Phone: 0909 363 901 - 0763 853 888

Workshops are sponsored by An Giang University (AGU) and West Virginia University (WVU) with the co-sponsorship from Pacific Links Foundation, Southeast Asia Children’s Project (SACP), West Virginia University Extension, and West Virginia University 4-H Programs.

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP 1: A CASE MANAGEMENT PRIMER (May 23 – 25)Grace Mishler, MSW.

Case Management is a new practice in Vietnam.  This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to apply a human investment approach that emphasizes quality care and strategies to assure a targeted population receives access to resources that will improve their quality of life and well-being. 

Participants will learn the value of record keeping, monitoring, and evaluating, as well as strategies for engaging targeted client populations in training, use of resources, and events.

WORKSHOP 2: MEETING CLIENT’S NEEDS:  STRATEGIES FOR ORGANIZING NETWORKS AND MULTI STAKEHOLDERS (May 26 – 27) - Trang Pham Kelly, MA

This workshop will focus on organizing support networks and strategies using multi-stakeholders’ resources both government, non-governmental organizations, media, business, and individuals to meet the needs of clients in agency settings. Using a participatory approach, the instructor will facilitate the workshop by first learning from all of her participants’ experiences. Based on a client-centered approach, this workshop will facilitate participants gathering all available resources using their social networks to meet the best needs for their clients. Using their own networks participants will develop strategies for meeting client’s needs effectively.

WORKSHOP 3: ETHICAL CODES & ETHICAL PRINCIPLES:  INSURING THAT YOU PRACTICE ETHICAL SOCIAL WORK (May 30) – Doan Thi Ngoc, MED, MSW, Neal Newfield, PhD., & Susan Newfield, PhD.

This workshop will examine dual relationships, conflicting ethical codes, areas of expertise and limitations, informed consent, confidentiality & record keeping in regards to how one can maintain an ethical social work practice. Social Work codes of ethics will be examined along with basic principles of ethical decision making.  Relational versus judicial ethics will be examined.  Participants will be given ethical dilemmas to puzzle about. 

WORKSHOP 4: WHAT IS IN A LABEL? (May 31 – June 1) – B.Tuyet Brown, MSW.

Social workers often assign diagnostic labels to the problems clients present with.  These broad labels are categories that the client is assigned based on the behaviors that the social worker sees exhibited.  Reasons for these behaviors may be biological, psychological, social, cultural or a combination.  An appropriate referral requires a baseline and milestones for a client’s mental, emotional, and psychological status and indicators of what the problem may be. Participants will become familiar with indicators of common diagnostic labels and possible causes for such behavior.  Participants will also learn to apply local/national established policies and rules to design comprehensive treatment plans and referrals for clients suffering from psychosocial and emotional conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

OPEN HOUSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS (June 1 -- Time 15:00 to 18:00)

Drs. Neal Newfield & Susan Newfield will give an orientation to the Intensive English Program at WVU. Along with Neal and Susan Ms. Doan Thi Ngoc will be available to talk about perusing academic degrees at WVU and her experience as a student at West Virginia University. Mr. Dennis Scott, the Global Education and Civic Engagement Specialist for West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Service will provide information on the 4-H Summer Camp that students may attend in West Virginia next year. Light snack will be provided to participants.

 

WORKSHOP 5: AFTER THEY RETURN: THE MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF TRAFFICKED WOMEN AND HOW TO ADDRESS THEM (June 2 – 3) – Suzanne Anderson, MSW.

This workshop reports on the dissertation research of the presenter who conducted a Survey of aftercare workers who provide services to trafficking victims in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Based on the reported needs of these survivors and the challenges to agencies to provide services a regionally sensitive training program for providers is presented.

WORKSHOP 6: SEXUAL EXPLOITATION & THE INTERNET:  KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE (June 6 – 8) – Dorothea Czarnecki, PHD.

The internet offers social and educational benefits to our children but it also exposes them to potential abuse and exploitation.  Children are often poorly equipped to protect themselves from predators.  A global overview with specific focus on the situation in Viet Nam regarding the scope, scale and manifestation of online child sexual abuse and exploitation, profiles of victims and offenders and  the connection between the production of online child sexual abuse material and travelling child sex offenders will be given. The Vietnamese response and international best practices will be examined.

Workshops will begin generally at 8:30 and end at 16:30 hours with a 90 minute noon break for lunch.

 

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