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Dr Joe Duffy brings Social Work expertise to USA

photo of Dr Joe Duffy, Senior Lecturer

During his time at Belmont University (Nashville, USA), as part of his 2018/19 US-UK Fulbright Scholarship, Joe Duffy (Senior Lecturer in Social Work) has been working with key community organisations in Nashville such as Open Table, a community organisation providing support to people affected by poverty and homelessness, and Thistle Farms, an organisation supporting women affected by domestic abuse and addictions. Members of these groups have been directly involved, working with Joe, in sharing their experiences with third year Belmont Social Work students as part of their preparations for field practice. The positive feedback to date from the students shows that they are gaining invaluable learning from this approach. 

Joe has also been working closely in New York with members of the World Trade Centre Survivors Network, teaching Masters in Social Work students at New York University's Silver School of Social Work about trauma-informed care. This part of Joe’s research visit to the USA will be completed in late summer. This approach to social work education, directly involving people with lived experience in the teaching of social work students, sees Joe's expertise in this field making a difference to social work training in the United States. His research findings will also be shared with the United States Council for Social Work Education as part of their future planning and development for social work education in the USA.

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