Social Services Conference a Great Success

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first social services exchange hosted by Chicago, the Social Services Committee of CSCI convened a two-day conference in Chicago on June 9–10. To commemorate this model of cultural collaboration and sharing of best practices, all seven international cities that have participated in past exchanges came together to explore topics around the theme of “Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence & Abuse.”

The participating cities were Birmingham, United Kingdom; Casablanca, Morocco; Chicago, Illinois.; Durban, South Africa; Hamburg, Germany; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China.

The goals of the conference were to:

  • Learn from international delegates about a variety of cultural visions and best practices
  • Address the interconnected social challenges faced by cities around the world
  • Strategize on how to expand cross cultural collaboration to improve social services globally
  • Network with internationally-minded social services professionals

Featured keynote addresses were by Bryan Samuels, Chaplin Hall Executive Director at the University of Chicago Robyn L. Golden, Director of Population Health and Aging Services at Rush University Medical Center.

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Schedule

Day One: Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence & Abuse

Student Center East Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted Street

Friday, June 9, 2017

  • 8:30am              Registration
  • 8:45am              Welcome remarks
    • Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International
    • Leroy Allala, Executive Director, Chicago Sister Cities International
    • Dr. Melanie Leonhard, Senator, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Office of Labor, Social Affairs, Family and Integration
    • Kathryn Engel, MA, Director of Internships in Applied Psychology; Lecturer and Faculty Fellow, Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 9:00am              Keynote address: Bryan Samuels, MPP, Chapin Hall Executive Director, University of Chicago
  • 9:45am               Keynote address: Robyn L. Golden, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging Services, Rush University Medical Center
  • 10:30am            Break
  • 10:45am             Panel discussion: The Face of Violence and Abuse in the participating cities of Birmingham, Casablanca, Durban, Hamburg, Osaka, Paris and Shanghai.
    • Moderator: Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International
  • 12:30pm            Break for lunch
  • 1:30pm               Cross-cultural best practices panels
    • Panel 1 – Child Abuse: Including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect
      • Moderator: Robert Wolf, Consultant, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
      • Room: Burnham Hall 309
    • Panel 2 – Youth Violence: Discussion of root causes and potential solutions to violent behavior of youth in urban communities
      • Moderator: Dave Simpson, Youth Guidance, Director of Counseling, Prevention and Youth Workforce Development Programs
      • Room: Lecture Center C1
    • Panel 3 –  Elder Abuse: Including physical and sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial or material exploitation, withholding resources necessary to maintain health and well-being and self-neglect
      • Moderator: Phyllis Mitzen, Co-director, Center for Long-term Care Reform at Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
      • Room: Burnham Hall 208
    • Panel 4 – Gender-Based Violence: Includes abusive acts that are physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, economic as well as limiting access to healthcare that disproportionally impacts the well-being of women and children
      • Moderator: Charlie Stoops, Dominican University, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work
      • Room: Burnham Hall 209
  • 3:30pm      Panel facilitators report back highlights from each panel discussion
  • 4:00pm      Concluding remarks and Audience evaluation
    • Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International

Day Two: Outcome Reports on Social Services Exchanges and Action Plans for Future Exchanges

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted Stree

  • 8:30am              Welcome remarks. Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International
  • 9:00am              Social services exchange delegation reports: participating international groups will highlight similarities and differences between Chicago and their city’s own policies and practices
    • Moderator: James Scherrer, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, Dominican University
  • 11:45am            Break for lunch
  • 12:45pm           Concepts of Transformative Learning in the Context of International Social Service Exchanges
    • Presenter: Kathryn Engel MA, Director of Internships in Applied Psychology; Lecturer and Faculty Fellow, Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 1:30pm              Sustaining and Expanding Exchanges Panel
    • Moderator: Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International
    • Presenters: Representatives from Birmingham, Casablanca, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Osaka, Paris and Shanghai
  • 3:00pm               Panel moderators report back highlights from each panel discussion
  • 3:30pm              Closing Remarks and Conference Evaluation
    • Kathleen Borland, Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International

Sister City Delegates

Birmingham, UK

  • Haleema Afzal, Birmingham City Council, Senior Practitioner – Children in Care Services
  • Carey Banff, Birmingham, Social Services
  • Janti Champaneri, JC Social Care Consultants Ltd, Social Care Consultant
  • Rosie Farmer, Birmingham City Council, Senior Social Worker – Children’s Safeguarding
  • Prof. Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham, Professor
  • Laura Greaves, Birmingham City Council, Senior Practitioner – Delivery – Hospital Post Discharge Team
  • Paulette Hamilton, Birmingham City Council, Councilor
  • Peter Hay, Birmingham City Council, Retired Former Strategic Director for People
  • Bridget Jones, Birmingham City Council, Councilor
  • Seanna Lassetter, Birmingham City Council, Social Worker – Specialist Practitioner Safeguarding Adults
  • Jamie McEwan, Birmingham City Council, Social Worker – Adults (No Recourse to Public Funds)
  • Matthew Palmer, Birmingham City Council, Senior Social Worker – Mental Health Team
  • Kelly Tighe, Birmingham City Council, Team Manager – Family Finding, Adoption and Fostering Services
  • Andy Walton, Birmingham City Council, Senior Social Worker – Children in Care

Casablanca, Morocco

  • Hassan Aaddak, Neighborhoods Association IDMAJ, Extracurricular Activities Manager
  • Moujahid Abaddi, Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights, Advisor
  • Azzeddine Belmahi, Mohammed VI Foundation for Rehabilitation and Insertion of Former Prisoners, Executive Director
  • Ilyass Bouzghaia, Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema, Researcher
  • M’hamed Ait El Haloui, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Division Head
  • Ikram Kanoubi, ROSA Association for the Development of Rural Women, Communications Director
  • Boubker Mazoz, Neighborhoods Association IDMAJ, President and Founder; and Sister Cities Casablanca Chicago Association, President
  • Touria El Safi, Association Relais Prison-Societe pour L’insertion Sociale, Non-Government Employee

Durban, South Africa

  • Dr. Musa Gumede, eThekwini Municipality, Deputy City Manager

Hamburg, Germany

  • Ina Achilles, Evangelische Stiftung Alsterdorf, Organization Developer
  • Ramona Elwes, Ministry for Health and Consumer Protection
  • Ralf Helling, Lenzsiedlung e.V. Association for Children, Youth and Community
  • Enrico Ickler, Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration, Advisor to Senator Leonhard
  • Serap Iscan, Youth-Office/Youth-Department, Social Worker
  • Dr. Melanie Leonhard, Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration, Senator
  • Karla Roeken, Social Services
  • Kolja Ronneberger, Ambulante Maßnahmen Altona e.V.
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Stövesand, University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Professor
  • Matthias Weissbach, Social Worker
  • Dr. Herbert Wiedermann, Ministry of Labor, Social and Family Affairs and Integration (BASF), Head of the State Youth Welfare Office/Supra-Regional Support Department
  • Stefanie Wolpert, Ministry of Labour, Social and Family Affairs and Integration (BASF), Deputy

Osaka, Japan

  • Takeshi Iiguni, Jikyo kan, Coordinator
  • Dr. Shinji Ishida, Shitennoji University, Assistant Professor
  • Yusuke Minematsu, Day Center Momo no ie
  • Koichi Oka, Rehab Association for People with Mental Disability
  • Akiyoshi Oki, In palace Minori-en, Assistant Manager
  • Hiroshi Onishi, Seikazoku no ie
  • Yu Tokumura, Moroguchi Daycare for Children, Director

Paris, France

  • Anne-Sophie Abgrall, Community Social Affairs, CASVP, Head
  • Nour Cressia, Office of Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Chief of Staff
  • Sylvie Payan, Social Services, Easter Paris, DASES, Director

Shanghai, China

  • Guojian Lou, Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Policy and Regulation Division, Deputy Director
  • Yi Luo, Shanghai Children’s Home, Section Chief
  • Guoping Ma, Shanghai Administration Bureau of NGOs, Foundation Administration Division, Deputy Director
  • Meiping Tang, Shanghai No.2 Elderly Home, Director
  • Jimin Tao, Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Deputy Director, Social Welfare Division

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