Social work news
Prof. Beryl Hugen directed semester in Ghana in fall 2009
In the fall of 2009, Prof. Beryl Hugen directed Calvin’s Semester in Ghana Program. Twelve Calvin students lived in an international student hostel with Ghanaian roommates and took classes at the University of Ghana. They took the following four courses taught by Ghanaian professors: African Literature, Democracy and Development in Africa, African Drumming and Dancing, and Twi, a local and traditional language. Prof. Hugen taught two courses: Peoples and Culture in Ghana, and Religion, Family, and Social Services in Ghana. Five excursions were built into the semester and the group traveled extensively throughout Ghana experiencing many aspects of Ghanaian life.
NACSW workshop on spiritual assessments
On Monday, Oct. 26, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work presented a workshop at Calvin entitled "Spiritual Assessment: From Theory to Practice" in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall at 6:45 p.m. The workshop defined spiritual assessments, explained what should be included in this type of assessment, and also discussed how to conduct a spiritual assessment. Rick Chamiec-Case, Executive Director of the NACSW and a former professor in Calvin's department of sociology and social work, led the workshop along with Peter Lauber, a Christian social work counselor practicing in Traverse City, MI, and Meghan Schmelzer, a practitioner who works in a child abuse and neglect assessment and treatment facility in Pontiac, MI. The NACSW offered 1.5 continuing education contact hours for this session.