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Global Social Work & Practice with Immigrants & Refugees: Description & Internships

This guide supports the curriculum for the field of practice specialization "Global Social Work & Practice with Immigrants & Refugees" at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Silberman Field of Practice Specializations Handbook

Description from FOP Handbook (Excerpt)

"The GSWPIR FOP is designed for students experienced in a global context with immigrant, refugee, and other multicultural communities or with international organizations. The FOP will prepare students to work flexibly in multiple roles, informed by multiple ways of knowing and based on their chosen social work method. Students will develop competencies needed to practice in a global, multicultural environment and address clinical issues with individuals, families, and groups; those of policy leadership and planning; or those of community organization policy and development. The concept of community is central to the field, and students will learn in practice how to utilize methods learned from global experience."

Interships (From FOP Handbook)

"Students complete their field instruction in approved field settings that specialize in working with immigrants, refugees, asylees, and/or global practice issues. 38% of New Yorkers were born outside of the U.S., and many others are part of transnational families; i.e. have family members who remain in, have returned or migrated to homes abroad. Therefore, most of the city’s important social agencies seek specialists in work with this population. Field education takes place in community agencies, working with people throughout the lifespan; schools and other education programs; health facilities including hospitals, clinics, and community health facilities or substance abuse and other specialized programs; public and private social welfare institutions; psychoanalytic and advanced practice institutes; legal settings; and selected international organizations, including the United Nations. Special populations include survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI+ asylum seekers; and undocumented workers. Some placements will require proficiency in a language other than English and/or previous grassroots experiences in cross-cultural contexts or with immigrants, refugees, or multicultural populations."