Lessons in Effective Social Services Across International Contexts

Categories: Past Events,Past Osaka Events

Join a presentation and discussion about effective social service policy and practice across international contexts. Chicago delegates who traveled to Osaka in 2015 for an annual week-long social services exchange will discuss findings as they pertain to ethnic minorities, LGBT services, mental illness, developmental disabilities, homelessness and older adults.

6:00PM Reception
6:30PM Presentations from Exchange Participants
7:30PM Q&A

RSVP required to hjoerger@chicagosistercities.com

Presenting will be:

Leslie Cook, MSW
Leslie works as the Director of Secondary Services at Giant Steps, a therapeutic school which services students between the ages 5-22 years old who have a primary diagnosis of autism. She oversee the program for Junior High and High School students.

Jonas Ginsburg, LCPC
Jonas works as a clinical manager at Asian Human Services, overseeing the provision of mental health care services for a diverse immigrant and refugee populations. Before working at Asian Human Services, Jonas lived in Japan, near Mount Fuji and in Tokyo.

Norman Livingston Kerr, MSW
Norman works in the field of violence prevention for over 20 years and currently serves as a vice president at UCAN. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois State University and his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and has a special interest in the effects of trauma in local and global communities.

Akane Kumagai, MSW
Akane is a multi-cultural social work professional who received an MSW in International Practice from Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work, with extensive field work in Quito, Ecuador and professional experience in Tokyo, Japan. She is currently a Case Management Services Coordinator at Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the largest HIV/AIDS public health facility in Chicago, and is also grant writer for a labor rights organization on Chicago’s Southeast side, aiming to reduce labor exploitation and economic injustices in marginalized neighborhoods.

Maria Loayza, MSW
Maria works at Department of Children and Family Services. She recruit foster parents for neglected and/or sexual, physical, mentally abused children while providing resources for Social Workers dealing with difficult cases for families and children.

Fran Nathanson, MSW, LCSW
Fran works at Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center and supervise 12 counselors who provide grief support to children, teens and adults.

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, which is held alternately in each city, convenes interdisciplinary professionals to build relationships, deepen cultural understanding, and share best practices related to their varied work in human services.

From November 7 to 13, 2015, six interdisciplinary social service professionals visited sites and dialogued with Japanese professionals about their culture and best practices in social services. The theme of this sixth annual exchange was Sustainable and Inclusive Outreach Programs.