On November 9, a delegation of Chicago social service professionals will be traveling to Osaka, Japan for a week-long exchange as part of CSCI’s ongoing social services exchanges.
Ten interdisciplinary social service professionals from the metropolitan Chicago area will visit sites and dialogue with Japanese professionals about their culture and best practices in social services. The exchange will conclude with a one-day conference where delegates will have an opportunity to discuss and compare best practices between cultures. Chicago delegates will develop Individual Action Plans to result in concrete outcomes.
The Osaka-Chicago Social Services Exchange was an initiative that began in 2008 with a focus on understanding the needs and supports for youth and families, persons with disabilities and older adults, and a goal of improving systems and service delivery to these vulnerable populations. The exchange convenes interdisciplinary professionals from both cities to build relationships, deepen cultural understanding and share best practices related to their varied work in human services. Chicago and Osaka have alternated hosting the exchange.