Caribbaean Social Work Educators & Practitioners examine critical Human Development issues

Friday, July 3, 2015 3:13 PM - George's, Grenada
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Some two hundred social work educators, students and practitioners from across the Caribbean and North America will converge on the campus of the St George’s University in Grenada this week-end, in anticipation of the July 6 opening of the 12th Biennial Conference of Caribbean & International Social Work Educators. The theme of the conference is “Supporting sustainable social change & social justice: Scholarship, policy & emancipatory human services”.

The conference is hosted by the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators (ACSWE) and the UWI Open Campus. It provides an opportunity for social work educators, practitioners, students, researchers, policy makers, social planners and others from across the Caribbean and abroad to share the results of their research, practice experience and vision for the integrated development of Caribbean people.

There will be more than sixty academic papers and workshops, as well as a number of structured professional development opportunities in the form of two pre-conference workshops: one on Working with Men, the other on the design of Services for Older Persons and an in-conference workshop on Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Child Abuse.

Several specially invited guests will address the conference. Monday evening’s Opening Keynote address will be delivered by Mr Armstrong Alexis, a trained social worker and current UNDP Deputy Resident Representative to Suriname. On each of the following mornings there will be a Keynote Presentation at 9 a.m. on an issue of relevance to social work practice and social work education.

On Tuesday, July 7, Prof. Lynne Healy, Main Representative to the United Nations – New York for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) will speak on From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: Caribbean Social Work and the Emerging post-2015 Agenda.


On Wednesday, July 8, Prof Sandra Edmond Crewe, Dean, Howard University School of Social Work & Director, HU Multidisciplinary Gerontology Centre will speak on Seasons of Care: The Changing Landscape of Family Caregiving for Older Adults. On Thursday July 10, the focus turns to youth development, and the morning Keynote will be delivered by Mr Royden Beharry, Regional Youth Ambassador – The Americas, Canada and the Caribbean Commonwealth Youth Council, who will discussThe role of youth as agents of social change and social justice.

Since 1993 the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators (ACSWE) has collaborated with Caribbean universities and other organisations to successfully host this premier activity in the region. For its 12th conference the ACSWE is partnering with the newest campus of the 60-year-old University of the West Indies (UWI). The UWI Open Campus was formally launched in June 2008.

It offers multi-mode teaching and learning services through 42 virtual and physical site locations across the Caribbean region and serves 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. Major sponsors of the conference are St George’s University (Grenada), Howard University (Washington, DC) and the Marian Holder Trust of Barbados.

This year’s theme embraces core concerns of contemporary social work philosophy and practice, those of sustainability, social change and social justice. It recognises the need for social workers to re-imagine and refocus their energies to engage or deepen their contribution to scholarship, policy making and service delivery informed by these perspectives.





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