Social Services Conference: Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence and Abuse

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first social services exchange hosted by Chicago, we are convening 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 will come together to explore topics around the theme of “Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence & Abuse.”

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

  • 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

Featuring keynote addresses 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

Free and open to the public. CEUs available for a nominal fee.

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
  • 9:00am              Keynote address
    • Bryan Samuels, MPP, Chapin Hall Executive Director, University of Chicago
    • Robyn L. Golden, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging Services, Rush University Medical Center
  • 10:30am            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      Audience evaluation

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

University Hall, 28th floor, 601 S Morgan Street

  • 8:30am              Registration
  • 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
  • 12:00pm            Break for lunch
  • 12:45pm           Concepts of Transformative Learning in the Context of International Social Service Exchanges
    • Presenter: Kathryn Engel, MA, Lecturer, Department of Psychology 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
  • 3:30pm               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

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