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School of Social Work

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Institute for Innovative Practice, Research, and Training

The mission of this institute is to develop, promote and disseminate evidence-informed practice, research and training related to work with families in diverse communities.  The goal is to address issues of cultural diversity related to research and practice with families (both rural and urban) within a national and global context.

The Institute for Advanced Innovative Practice, Research, and Training will provide support for Loyola-based faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows in discovering innovative practice models that social workers and allied practitioners can implementin a variety of practice and research areas such as family violence, socially traumatized populations, military families and school settings. 

The institute will support projects that include one or more innovations: A problem that has not been addressed before or a new perspective or application to a continuing problem. A new partnership or collaborative process unique research design and methods.

Current projects by Institute for Innovative Practice, Reserach, and Training Faculty

New Horizions Research and Practice

Faculty member Phil Hong's research is focused on increasing self-suffciency in the welfare to work transistion.  His newly developed, validated instrument to measure "employment hope" is among one of the many variables evaluated in his surveys. The surveys are distributed to participants in various agencies' job training programs measuring their hope, self-estemm, barriers, resiliency, mastery, and self-efficacy at different time intervals (i.e. orientation, training program, employment, retention).  Collaborative agencies include CARA Program, Gateway Technology and the Chicago Urban League.  With these research findings, Dr. Hong hopes to develop an effective, evidence based model for job training programs.

For more information on this study contact Dr. Philip Hong at phong@luc.edu or 312-915-7447

For more information on the Institute, contact Dr. Janice Rasheed Matthews at jrashee@luc.edu or 312.915.6680.

Institute for Intergenerational Study and Practice

Social workers must respond to the needs and challenges presented by the dramatic shift in the age demographic. At Loyola we can accomplish this mission through the Institute for Intergenerational Study and Practice. The Institute encourages interdisciplinary efforts of Loyola faculty and students in social work, law, psychology, nursing, sociology, and medicine in the area of intergenerational families and older adults.  Directed by Marcia Spira,PhD, “the institute supports study, research, training, and partnerships with other agencies and universities in such areas as cultural and religious diversity, family styles, economic conditions, and health challenges of intergenerational families,” Spira says. Goals include supporting grant writing activities, creating continuing education programs that will lead to a certificate in intergenerational families, providing consultation services for community agencies, offering student internships, expanding cross-departmental collaboration, and building a volunteer core for community projects and needs assessment.

For more information, contact Dr. Marcia Sprira at mspira@luc.edu  or 312/915.7580

Institute for Migration and International Social Work

The most developed of the three new institutes is the Institute for Migration and International Social Work,directed by Maria Vidal de Haymes, PhD. “The impact of globalization and migration is producing challenges thatcross national borders,” says Vidal de Haymes, notingthat these migration-related issues include persistent or periodic ruptures in families and social support, exposure to violence and exploitation, poverty and economicinsecurity, vulnerabilities related to legal status, and cultural and linguistic isolation.

Many established initiatives provide a solid framework for the institute’s future efforts. Recent and ongoing projects include: A new migration studies subspecialization and certificate program Transnational field placement with Jesuit Migrant Service-Mexico and Iberoamericana University in Mexico. A training curriculum for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services employees who work with Latino immigrant families. A forum on the emerging impact of migration on child welfare services that includes both the U.S. and countries of origin, resulting in a national migrational and child welfare network. A transnational study on the impact of faith and the Catholic church on the well-being of Mexican migrant families. A multinational study on immigrant integration in Europe and North America.

For more information, contact Dr. Maria Vidal de Haymes at mvidal@luc.edu or 312/915.7020.
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