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(40 CE TRIP) Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability

Monday, May 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Study tour offered by the NASW – Michigan and New York State Chapters in the Havana and Pinar del Rio Provinces. December 2 – 10, 2017.


NASW-Michigan has partnered again with Eco Cuba Network and the NASW-New York State Chapter to offer social workers an exciting learning opportunity this winter in Cuba. This 40 CE program will provide a close look at vital issues facing Cuba today with a focus on (1) sustainable social and environmental policy and practice and the integration of the two in Cuba; (2) clinical practice in terms of family, child and adolescent intervention and therapy; issues of gender, race and class in Cuba as they impact the practice of social work in the social welfare system. The tour leader for the trip will be Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW, Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work.


Participants will have the opportunity to interact with official policy makers, directors of programs, and a variety of practitioners with a range of social work and other disciplinary training. The program will include engagement with urban and rural Cuban citizens in a variety of formal and informal settings as well as a variety of cultural activities.


Through site visits, presentations and discussions, participants will be presented with Cuba's perspective on the issues and encouraged to think critically about how these perspectives relate to the US – our work as social workers, and to society in general, as well as how Cuban and US social workers can learn from each other… and of course, how we, as US citizens, can help to bridge the gaps so that we can work together for the well-being of our clients, communities, countries, world and planet.


For detailed information and registration information, visit To read about our 2015 trip, go to


*This trip will be limited to 22 participants.  Application forms will be processed in the order in which they are received.  The completed forms and deposit are due by August 15, 2017. However participants are encouraged to submit their forms as soon as possible to ensure participation.*

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