Denise Gammonley, PhD Assistant Professor School of Social Work Strategic Campus Partnerships to Build a Sustainable International Social Work Program
Develop aging-rich field practicum sites
Recruit increasing numbers and diversity of geriatric specialist MSW students
Key Program Components
1. University-Community Partnership
2. Competency-Driven Field Education
3. Integrated Field Education Across Multiple Programs, Populations and Interventions
4. Expanded Field Instructor Role
5. Focused Recruitment for Geriatric Social Work
Who are the decision-makers? What are their priorities?
Who are your major allies?
Multiple roles and levels of involvement available for agencies & field instructors
Program support & guidance
Providing seminars and colloquia
Funding student stipends
In the 21 st century all professional social work is “international”.
The global context of the profession.
integrate social and economic justice content grounded in an understanding of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and the global interconnections of oppression
an increased understanding of the complexities and human costs and benefits of a globalized and interdependent world with rapidly changing social, technological, and economic systems.
(Rotabi, Gammonley, Gamble & Weil, 2007)
Share your values and priorities with prospective partners What should we try to achieve in conducting international social work?
Think globally, act locally…
< 5 students per year– but great ones!
Mainly generalist placements
Assumption that placements with the elderly are only in nursing homes
Available placements going unfilled because of lack of interested students
One partnership effort: Social Work, Modern Languages, Film & Digital Media
Real time and asynchronous collaborative classroom engagement using interactive technologies.
Coordination with international partners.
The Global Classroom Project
Recent program graduates
Undergraduates considering entrance into Advanced Standing
Brochures and media
Engaging colleagues abroad
Align your efforts with strategic initiatives
Social experiences to promote cross-cultural understanding.
Promote international programs and partnerships that advance or complement academic strengths
Be aware of partnership agreement guidelines
Reciprocal student exchange
Study abroad site approval
Faculty exchange & collaboration
University of Costa Rica— SEDE Pacifico in Puntarenas
Limit efforts to one or two key areas and carefully time initiatives.
Use assessment as a strategy to heighten awareness.
Find roles for faculty without background or interest in social work activities abroad.
Review data for curriculum analysis
Select important competencies for student learning outcomes
Help set outcome-based goals for study abroad; faculty exchange; external funding for international activities; field education abroad.
Engaging faculty at home: ISW as a faculty owned process
Identify agency &
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Develop some useful products…
A glossary of international social work terminology to promote use of a common language about internationalization.
Unifying frameworks for:
Directed Individual Study Abroad
Web site with resources for students, researchers, and practitioners on Spanish language translation & interpretation resources, Hispanic health, local community groups representing targeted Hispanic immigrant populations in the service area.
Role play scenarios representing targeted immigrant groups.
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Some ideas for sustaining curriculum infusion efforts Adapted from: Hooyman, N.R. (2006). Achieving curricular and organizational change. Alexandria, VA: CSWE