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New School of Social Welfare Spring Lecture Series Tackles Issues of Iraqi Refugees, Homelessness
March 9, 2009
The role of social work in solving the problems of refugees from the war in Iraq will be discussed at a lecture March 12.
At first glance, the war in Iraq does not appear to have much in common with the field of social work. Researchers visiting the University at Albany, however, are taking a unique look at the role social work can play in solving the devastating problems of Iraqi refugees whose lives have been disrupted by war.
Scott Harding and Kathryn Libal of the University of the Connecticut School of Social Work have been invited to address this issue on March 12 in a new lecture series being hosted by the School of Social Welfare this spring.
"Six years after the United States invaded Iraq, much of the country is marked by social disintegration and a breakdown of community. Infant and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world. The ongoing conflict has also created a refugee crisis," said Harding. "Based on field research in Jordan and Syria and interviews with non-governmental organizations, U.N., and U.S. officials, we contend that social work must play a central role in creating refugee policy and implementing humanitarian relief."
School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson said, "We are delighted that Professor Lani V. Jones has organized this new initiative around relevant topics that are of great interest to both social welfare practitioners and the general public." Briar-Lawson said the series' first session on Feb. 25 about veterans and their families was very moving and drew a number of vets from the Iraq war.
On another compelling topic, that of adverse childhood experiences among homeless people, Heather Larkin, a professor in UAlbany's School of Social Welfare, and John Records, executive director of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), will be the presenters on March 18.
"Homelessness has many causes, and people who are homeless often experience complex and co-occurring problems," said Larkin. "Recent adverse childhood experiences research sheds new light on root causes of homelessness, and suggests ways to help homeless people to rebuild their lives."
All lectures are free, open to the public, and will be held on the downtown campus.
Spring Lecture Series
Developing Practice Based Evidence to Support an Evidence Based Practice “Culture of Inquiry”: The Research and Educational Potential of SOAR for the UAlbany School of Social Welfare
Presenter: David Duffee
In the summer of 2000, St. Anne Institute and LaSalle School invited researchers from the University to help them “learn what works best with which clients.” This discussion with the executive directors of St. Anne and LaSalle and the current SOAR investigators is an invitation for the School of Social Welfare to become more broadly engaged in the SOAR program.
The Politics of Iraqi Refugees: What Role for Social Work?
Presenters: Scott Harding & Kathryn Libal, University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences among Homeless People
Presenters: John Records, Executive Director, Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) & Heather Larkin, MSW, Ph.D.
Your Social Worker with a Microphone
Presenter: Kathryn Zox, MSW, M.Ed.
Kathryn Zox is a nationally recognized radio host and UAlbany alumna who produces The Kathryn Zox Show from Albany, N.Y., airing on the VoiceAmerica Women's Network and WMET 1160 AM, Washington, D.C. She has been a featured life expert and co-host on Doug Stephan's syndicated Good Day Show.
Integrating Energy Psychology Methods into the Treatment of Trauma
Presenter: Mary T. Sise, LCSW, D.CEP
LGBT Aging Video Series
Video showings of:
"No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon" – Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon have been partners in love and political struggle for more than 50 years.
"Liberty": Three Stories about Life & Death – An engaging portrait of a chosen family of lesbian women in midlife and old age confronting illness, death, and grief.
Presenters: Nora Yates, executive director of the Capital District Lesbian and Gay Community Council and Keith Hornbrook, executive director of the Cohoes Senior Center. Yates and Hornbrook will discuss their agency's current aging initiatives.
Social Welfare in Modern Russia: Gerontological Social Work and Social Work Education in Russia.
Presenter: Vladimir Fokine
The New Orleans Experience: MSW Student Perspectives. NOLA-Three Years Later
Presenters: Nmeregiri Nwogu, Ashley Paniagua, Michelle Cinque, David Davis, Amanda Gitomer, and Timothy Larose.
Improving Health at the Community Level: Models, Questions and Strategies
Presenter: Philip McCallion, Ph.D.
Interagency collaboration in social work.
Presenter: Bo Morthorst Rasmussen, Visiting Professor from Denmark, University College South.
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