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Global Social Work: Paths to Service in Africa

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What's a social worker doing driving social change in Africa?

Join us for a discussion of what it means to do social work in Africa with an alumnus who has created an organization for helping lives and communities in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ethiopia; and a professor who is leading research related to trauma, mental health and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.


**1 CEU available for NYS, NJ, and CT licensed social workers. The fee is $25. If you are from a different state, please contact

SPEAKER: Jarret Schecter (MSW'14) has a background in business, photojournalism, and work for international nonprofits. Having taken photos for 15 years, in the course of which he has published 12 books, he has become known for the way he uses his camera to bring attention to sociopolitical issues. A few years before entering CSSW, Schecter collaborated on setting up the Denan Project, which has established medical clinics in four locations across three continents. Having earned his MSW, he is now pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling psychology while setting up his own nonprofit to fund medical treatment, schools, and microloans initially in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ethiopia. The organization is called TEEEM, and the three "e"s stand for empathic, entrepreneur, and equality. Go to Jarret Schecter's website.

DISCUSSANT: Lynn Michalopoulos, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and founder of the Global Health and Mental Health Unit of CSSW's Social Intervention Group. She has an extensive background in clinical social work and spent many years treating vulnerable populations who experienced trauma. Her research is focused on the relationship between trauma, mental health and HIV among migrant populations from low- and middle-income countries. Her research also focuses on the development and adaptation of culturally relevant assessment tools for trauma-affected populations. For the past several years, Dr. Michaloploulos has been primarily working in Zambia, Uganda and South Africa. Go to Lynn Michalopoulos's faculty bio page.


Global Social Work at Columbia

Columbia University actively encourages its student body to develop and embrace a concept of global citizenship. Graduate students within the School of Social Work are no exception. Students can choose to concentrate in international social welfare, with summer and field internships at international organizations like the UN and/or abroad. They can also take courses with our faculty who are working internationally, and we occasionally offer special courses on social work in particular countries, such as Chile or Jordan (go to video interview with participants in a recent study trip to Chile).


How our online events work:

We will be using Adobe Connect to host the Webinar. You will log in as a guest.


All registrants will receive a reminder containing this link on the day of the event.

To participate, you need:

  • A computer/mobile device & speakers/headphones. Note: You can log in on your mobile device by using the free Adobe Connect app, available for Android and iPhone.

  • An Internet connection: Ethernet is more reliable than wifi. Note: Any Internet browser should work except for Google Chrome.


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify different social work paths to service in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. List several factors to consider before practicing global social work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. Describe the importance of context and culture in practicing social work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

How to earn CEUs

To earn one CEU for this event, you must attend the event and then will be sent a quiz a few days afterwards. The processing fee for this service is $25.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click here.


Event sponsor:

This Online Event is brought to you by the Columbia School of Social Work's Online Campus. The deadline for fall 2017 entry to the online MSW program (full-time and part-time) and for the part-time residential program is April 1, 2017. Register for more information.



If you have any questions about the event, please contact We look forward to your participation on Wednesday February 15 @1:00 p.m. EST!

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