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

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

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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 Health and Elderly Services at Rush University Medical Center

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


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

Friday, June 9, 2017

8:30am Registration

8:45am Welcome address

9:00am Keynote speakers: The face of violence and abuse in Chicago; child, youth, domestic and elder abuse.

  • Bryan Sameuls, MPH – Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Robyn L. Golden, LCSW – Director of Health and Elderly Services, Rush University Medical Center

10:30am Panel discussion: The face of violence and/or abuse in our sister cities.

12:30pm Break for lunch

1:30pm Cross-cultural panels on best practices

  • Panel 1 – Child Abuse
  • Panel 2 – Youth Violence
  • Panel 3 – Elder Abuse
  • Panel 4 – Gender-Based Violence

3:30pm Panel facilitators report back highlights from each panel discussion

4:00pm Audience evaluation of Day One of the conference


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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8:30am Registration

9:00am Social services exchange delegation reports

12:00pm Break for lunch

12:45pm Concepts of “Transformative Learning” in the context of international social services exchanges

1:30pm Looking forward to the next 20 years

3:30pm Q and A Session

4:00pm Conference Evaluation

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