SSW partners with DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring)

A new partnership between the UAlbany SSW, the DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) Project and GMHI (Global Mental Health Initiatives) brought MSW students Rosanna Garcia and Laila Wahdani to the Dominican Republic this Spring Break.  Accompanied by Julissa Tejada, DREAM psychologist and SSW faculty member, Barbara Rio-Glick they participated in home visits, sexual health education groups, art therapy groups and individual sessions to learn about mental health service provision to youth and families in the Dominican Republic.

This emerging partnership will enable additional MSW students to complete an international field practicum this summer where they will design, implement and evaluate intervention programs for DREAM’s summer program. In addition, they will work with their field instructor, John McInerney, LCSW, Executive Director of GMHI, to further implement the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessment tool designed to identify youth in need of mental health intervention.