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New Initiative

The Office of Global Social Work Programs and the School of Social Work Office of Field Education have a new initiative to strengthen the link between social work with immigrants and refugees and the field of international social work. A meeting of New Brunswick leaders working to advance access to services for immigrants and refugees in the New Brunswick area was convened as a forum to discuss potential linkages between field education, social work with immigrants and refugees, and international social work.  Stronger partnerships with field agencies who serve immigrants and refugees has the potential to expand field opportunities, better utilize the knowledge and skills of agency leaders and staff as a resource for the school, and further advance social work practice with immigrants and refugees as global practice.

Nancy Schley, Associate Director of Field Education, presented an overview of Rutgers School of Social Work and Rebecca Davis, Director of the Office, provided an overview of international social work. MSW intern, Colin Liebtag presented information on the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (GSSWA), a newly-formed organization to advance the capacity of the social service workforce on a global scale. MSW intern, Laura Naughton discussed the bridge between international social work and her field work with immigrant populations. Agencies represented included established public and private social service, faith-based and mental health agencies. Executive CEOs, immigration attorneys, immigration coordinators, mental health supervisors, clinical directors, homeless outreach staff, and clergy were in attendance.

These agencies provide field education to 30 Rutgers SSW students, with 8 students working directly with immigrants and refugees. To advance the work in this area of service, participants recommended that social work students receive specialized training in advocacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, family social work, and fundraising. There was interest in seeing the School of Social Work develop a certificate in social work with immigrants and refugees as a part of global social work practice. 

Study of Social Work Education and Practice in 21 Former Soviet Bloc Countries (USAID)

The purpose of this study is to inform stakeholders about the current status of social work in the region, describe the practice environment, identify gaps between what is expected of social workers and reality, provide examples of best practices, and make recommendations for furthering the development of social work in the region.  The target countries for this study are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

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Human Capacity Within Child Welfare Systems: The Child Welfare Workforce in Africa

The purpose of this study is to inform stakeholders about the opportunities for and constraints on building the social work workforce within the child welfare sector in Africa. For the purpose of this study, the social work workforce means all types of people who work in the public and nongovernmental sectors on behalf of highly vulnerable children. This assessment is based on international standards for family-centered practice and social work skills for frontline workers (interviewing, assessment, care-planning, psychosocial support); child protection workers (risk assessment, family reunification, and foster and adoption services); and supervisors and managers (mentoring, program planning, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation [M&E], and budgeting). Based on the demonstrated linkage between a well-performing child welfare sector and a competent social work profession, the assessment considers both the child protection sector, professional education institutions and associations, and the local and national practice environments.

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Journal Publications

Postmus, J. L., Hoge, G. L., Davis, R., Johnson, L., Koechlein, E., Winter, S. (2016). Examining gender based violence and abuse among school students in four counties in Liberia: An exploratory study. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Greenfield, E. A., Davis, R. T., & Fedor, J. P. (2012).  The effect of international social work education: Study abroad versus on-campus courses. Journal of Social Work  Education, 48 (4),  739-761.

Selected Reports and Working Papers

Davis, R. T. & Kurtishi, S.  (2016, September).  Magomero College Social Work Diploma and Certificate Curriculum and the Costed Delivery System. A curriculum developed for the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare in Malawi. Lilongwe, Malawi:  UNICEF/Malawi.
Davis, R. T. & Simmel, C.  (2014, July).  Case management toolkit: A user’s guide for strengthening case management services in child welfare. A toolkit developed for the Europe and Eurasia Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/E&E/DGST) for Aguirre Division of JBS International, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.iss   
McCaffery, J., Davis, R. & Conticini, A. (2012).  Strengthening child protection systems in Sub Saharan Africa:  A working paper.  A publication commissioned by UNICEF in collaboration with the Inter Agency Child Protection Working Group. Retrieved from
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