The workshop “The maintenance of professionalism and competency of Social Workers: USA experience” will be held on the 8th November 2013
The Social Workers Society has organized a very particular event for Social Workers in Latvia which affords an opportunity to participate in the workshop with experienced Social Workers from the USA.
They will present topics which are actual issues in the Social Work practice in Latvia. These topics are:
- Social Work with dysfunctional families and
- Maintenance of professional competency within a high risk of professional burn-out circumstances.
The workshop is planned to be a unique possibility to get an insight about how the above mentioned issues are solved by Social Workers in the USA. At the same time it is a great experience to create new cognitions for personal professional practice.
Viviane A.Ngwa ;Vice President, Residential Services, Aunt Martha’s Community Health Network, Masters of Social Work (MSW), (University of Georgia), Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Illinois, Certified Diplomat in Psychotherapy (DAPA)
Mark E.Rodgers; Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Marywood University, Doctors of Social Work (DSW) Social Policy and Administration Specialization (University of Pennsylvania), Masters of Social Work (MSW) Health Specialization (University of Pennsylvania).
The contributor of the workshop is the United States Embassy in Riga.
Information supplied by Welfare Ministry of Latvia.
Place: The workshop will be held at Baltic Psychology and Management University College, Lomonosova street ¼, Riga
Date: 8th November 2013
Time: 10am – 17pm
The session of the Board of Collaboration of Social Work specialists on the 25th September 2013
The session of the Board of Collaboration of Social Work specialists was occurred at Welfare Ministry on the 25th September 2013. The session was chaired by director of Social inclusion and Social Work Department of Welfare Ministry, Ilze Skrodele-Dubrovska. The representative from SWS board was Marite Sire. The SWS board Chairman Martins Moors represented Welfare Department of Riga’s Council.
The senior expert from Welfare Ministry Department of Social Service Ineta Pikse informed delegates about the latest tendencies in human trafficking and social rehabilitation measures for victims of human trafficking.
Then the expert from the Children and Family Policy Department of Welfare Ministry, Viktorija Bolsakova, provided information about several enterprises. These are as follows: Conception in regards of preventive involuntary measures, draft of “Law of Preventive Involuntary Measures” (expected to come into force in 2017), working team established at the Ministry of Justice and latest changes in the Law of Children Rights. Vikorija Bolsakova reported about the pilot project “Social Rehabilitation for violent persons”. The outcome of this project was a formulated program of group therapy and 10 trained social work specialists from different municipalities.
Ilze Skrodele-Dubrovska presented information related to the event “Open Days” which was organised by the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development. She also informed the delegates about the progress within the competition for, “The best social worker” and about planned state budgeting for social work studies.
The SWS board Chairman Martins Moors came up with information about seminar/course for social workers on the 8th November 2013.
Project to draft basic guidelines for Professional Social Work development 2014-2020
The Ministry of Welfare have drafted basic guidelines for Professional Social Work Development for 2014-2020 which was announced at the State Secretary meeting on June 20th. The Social Work Society had put forward various amendments that they would like to find in this draft.
The session of Board of Collaboration of Social Work Professionals of Welfare Ministry
The session of Board of Collaboration of Social Work Professionals of Welfare Ministry occurred on the 19th June 2013. Participating in this session were:- Director of Social Inclusion and Social Work Policy Department of Welfare Ministry Ilze Skrodele-Dubrovska, Senior Desk- Officer of Social Inclusion Department of Welfare Ministry, Dace Zvirgzdina and Senior Desk-Officer of Social Support and System Monitoring Division of Social Service Department of Welfare Ministry, Maruta Pavasare. The main agenda of this session was to provide information about draft of basic guidelines for Professional Social Work Development for 2014-2020 and to create discussion considering planned activities.
The first session of Board of Collaboration of Social Work Professionals of Welfare Ministry in 2013
The first session of Board of Collaboration of Social Work Professionals of Welfare Ministry took place on the 13th March 2013. In the session participated SWS board vice chairman Liga Aboltina and board member Marite Sire. The main agenda of this session was to discuss issues, which need to be performed during the 3rd Congress of Social Pedagogue Federation of Latvia. The agenda was put forward by chairman of Social Pedagogues Federation Kristaps Keis.
During the session information and opinions were aggregated about what is distinct and common between study programs in different educational establishments and social work institutions.
Continuing education possibilities for Social Work specialists
The session of Subcomission of Social Security of Social and Work Affairs commission of Saema took place on the 26th February 2013. During the session issues in regards of continuing education possibilities for Social Work specialists were discussed. Chairman of SWS, Martins Moors, participated in this session as well as many representatives from higher education establishments, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Welfare.
Representatives from the Welfare Ministry informed the meeting participants about concerted efforts to complete the different strategic documents. The Ministry of Welfare put forward, as a priority, the need to formulate seven methodical guidelines in working with different client groups. These client groups were:-
- substance and gambling abuse;
- pre-retirement age;
- aggressive and violence abuse;
- long-term unemployment;
- families with children, including children with learning disabilities;
- long –term social support receivers;
- Juveniles with behaviour disorders, truants and unemployed.
The session of Social Security Subcomission of Saeima (Parliament) on 20th November
The Subcomission of Social Security of Saema took place on the 20th November. During the session Social Work education issues were discussed. In this session were involved a number of representatives from SWS, Christian Academy, University of Stradini in Riga, University of Liepaja, members of parliament of Saema, representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Welfare and SWS. Head of Social and Work Affairs commission of Saema Aija Barca has organized a second meeting to discuss problems in Social Work.
All representatives shared their opinions and views in regards of the problems they encountered in Social Work education in Latvia. Lolita Vilka from Stradini University pointed notability of education in the context of National Development Planning and necessity to develop separate branch of science – Social Work.
Ilze Skrodele from the Ministry of Welfare, using data collected in 2010, gave a review about the basic problems with Social Work education.
Representative from the Christian Academy, Skaidrite Gutmane, accented Caritative Social Work from the perspective of holistic problem solving approach. She advised ways to improve Social Work study programs in educational establishments.
Representative from SWS, Ieva Lass, dealt with the problem of considering the current situation in social work practice. She expressed the opinion that quite often young social workers still need to be trained by colleagues or other employees after graduation. They are not ready to work with different client groups. In its turn, high class professionals cannot use their skills and knowledge because Social Work is becoming more and more bureaucratic with its focus towards administration rather than case work.