What Competencies Do MSW Child Welfare Workers Need in Order to Work Effectively with American Indian Children and Families?

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This presentation will focus on the outcome of research that examined the existing gaps between the University of Minnesota Duluth’s MSW program, which prepares graduates to work in tribal child welfare, and the competencies that American Indian tribal child welfare practitioners consider to be essential for graduates to have prior to entering the child welfare field in tribal communities. For example, gaps identified by the study included a lack of understanding of the ongoing grief associated with the historical trauma suffered due to the forced experiences of American Indian Children during the boarding school era.

The presentation will also give an update of the current MSW curriculum and how the program has adapted to address the identified gaps.


Keywords: Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice, Historical Trauma, Cultural Awareness, Social Work Education
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Johanna Garrison

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Dr.Johanna Garrison is an Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social Work and Outreach and Curriculum Development Coordinator for the University's Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies.

Ref: I08P0946