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Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Institutes of Learning

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 implement in 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, Research, and Training Faculty

New Horizons Research and Practice

Faculty member Phil Hong's research is focused on increasing self-sufficiency in the welfare to work transition.  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-esteem, 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

Institute for Migration and International Social Work



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