|Dates:||February 16-24, 2013|
|Meets:||Sa, Su, M, Tu, W, Th and F from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, 9 sessions|
This 45-hour continuing education program will provide participants with in-depth, experiential opportunities to explore and discover how social work is influenced by a variety of factors in the United States and other countries, including the profession's cultural underpinnings; its economic, social and political contexts; its historical and current challenges; and its approaches to effecting change in individuals, groups, neighborhoods and communities. Participants will be provided with an in-depth orientation to the country of El Salvador and its social welfare system early in the program of study, including information about how to safely conduct themselves during the in-country portion of the experience. They will have opportunities to learn more about and observe the delivery of social services in El Salvador and discuss their observations with peers, the study leaders and El Salvadoran social workers; and opportunities to critically analyze and reflect on the similarities and differences between the culture, contexts, challenges and changes associated with professional practice in West Michigan and El Salvador. Participants will synthesize and present a summary of what they gained from the experience in a format of their choosing, including but not limited to journals, blogs, video or audio productions, or formal presentations at the conclusion of the experience.
There are still openings remaining at this time.