Cross Cultural Research, Training and Practice

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This paper will address the interweaving of research, practice and training within a cross cultural relational framework. Issues such as fostering collaborations with international colleagues, building cross cultural therapeutic relationships, and appreciating how practice, research and training each inform the other will be discussed. The competency skills involved in working with international colleagues will be highlighted.


Keywords: Cross Cultural Relationships
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Joan Lesser

Associate Clinical Professor and Chair, Social Work Practice, Smith College School for Social Work
Northampton, MA, USA

Dr. Joan Granucci Lesser is Chair of Social Work Practice at Smith College School for Social Work whee she teaches advanced clinical practice. She is co-author of two contemporary social work textbooks: Clincial Social Work Pracitce: An Integrated Approach and Human Behavior and the Social Environment:Theory and Practice. Dr. Lesser has collaborated in cross cultural practice, research and training on a number of topics, including the impact of violence on children and families in Kingston, W.I.Jamaica; depression and help seeking behaviors among older Chinese adults in Guangzhou, China and children affected by armed conflict in Uganda. She has a clincial practice in Holyoke, MA (USA) where she works with culturally diverse children and families including refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe.

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