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School of Social Work hosts summit on emerging practice issues

This spring, the School of Social Work, a joint program between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, launched the Field Practice Institute — fostering the professional development of students through community engagement.

The institute’s first public event will take place on August 7, from 8 - 11 a.m., in Rauenhorst Hall in Coeur de Catherine on the University's St. Paul campus. The Annual Summit on Emerging Practice Issues: Clinical Social Work in Medical Settings is free, but an RSVP is required.

“We are delighted by the response,” says Lisa Richardson, director of field education for the Master of Social Work program. “Over 100 participants have registered so far. We decided to create this event for social workers, field instructors, students and faculty to come together and discuss current trends and challenges, develop action plans and brainstorm opportunities for collaboration.”

The School of Social Work’s field education program currently involves more than 300 students — juniors, seniors and graduate-level — working in some 200 agencies. Richardson says the Field Practice Institute was formed to foster student development and professional identity, enhance the supervision skills of field instructors and strengthen community partnerships.

“The collaboration between students, field instructors and faculty liaisons is crucial and vibrant at our School,” she says. “This institute is a way to celebrate the work we do with bridging theory and practice across the curriculum.”

Tuesday, August 7, summit schedule:

8–8:20 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction

8:20–9:25 a.m.: Panel discussion

Topics include articulating clinical social work practice in medical settings, writing supervision plans, the role of social workers on the interdisciplinary team and leadership and advocacy for social work in medical settings.

9:25-9:40 a.m.: Break

9:40–10:20 a.m.:  Small group discussion

10:20–10:45 a.m.: Reconvene, share findings and develop action plans

10:45–11 a.m.: Wrap-up and evaluations

To RSVP or for more information, visit the School of Social Work.

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Aug. 2, 2012 by Pauline Oo

See also: Faculty, Healthcare