April 13 marked BCSSW’s 10th annual Pinderhughes Diversity + Justice Lecture, and appropriately, the milestone event featured the most recent work of the eponymous emerita professor Elaine Pinderhughes.
This month we were asked to write something having to do with the theme of relationships in our international field placements. It’s such a nice topic, right? And for social workers, relationships are the centerpiece of our practice, so there should be a lot to say here.
My automatic response when reading the prompt for this blog was to cringe; “successes and relationships” the instructions indicated. While I am incredibly grateful for the relationships I have been able to build with my co-workers, my roommate, and with other NGO workers here, feelings of loneliness are often still present, as I am reminded of how few local people I know, and how disconnected I often feel from the surrounding community.
Pham is placed in Dana-Farber’s Office of Workforce Development, which sits in the Department of Human Resources; she is the first ever graduate social work intern placed in this particular office.
Each year, more than 500 BCSSW students provide upwards of 300,000 hours of service, while gaining a unique perspective on the world in which they will work following graduation, through apprenticeship, mentoring, and on the ground experience.