International University Week 2018

The International University Week (IUW) is a one week international seminar (with a variety of workshops, excursions, social events, etc.) which is organized by the Socrates-Network of European University Schools of Social Work and Social Sciences (SocNet98). It takes part every summer semester in at least three locations of the network (see the programs and reports of former IUWs). The IUW 2018 has been held in Jena from April 16 – 20, 2018 at the School of Social Work, Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena. The main topics of the IUW 2018 has been

Diversity, Innovation and Standards in European Social Work

and has included an interesting mix of presentations, workshops and excursions:

Plenary lecture and discussion:  „Diversity in Reality“ – The impact of the so called ‚refugee crises‘ on diversity, innovation and standards in social work in the Municipality of Jena (Dipl.Sozpäd. Andreas Amend, Integration Office, City of Jena)

Each session (morning rsp. afternoon) 6 – 7 parallel workshops Workshops:

  • Social Emotion in Social Work
  • Humor and the inner clown in Social Work
  • Psychodrama on Migration
  • Social Work with Refugees in Jena
  • Counselling and social diagnostics
  • Promoting Youth Participation
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Children of parents with mental health problems
  • Music was my first love – the power of music in Social Work
  • The Future Lab, innovation and knowledge-based social work
  • The unaccompanied foreign minors – System of protection in France
  • Social Work with youth at risk – street work in Jena
  • Europe goes local: youthwork does youth policy
  • Emotional competence training in early childhood
  • Challenges in the work of crisis intervention and child protection centers
  • Do social workers have to be politically active? A quest for traces
  • Decolonizing knowledge and global indigenous approaches to social work
  • Integration through Exchange ‐ Transnational Exchanges programs for disadvantaged and unemployed youth
  • Violence prevention within School Social Work
  • Psycho-social counselling of  people with drug problems

Beside an interesting academic program the IUW Jena 2018 has included several social-cultural and group activities, field visits and excursions, a welcome reception and a welcome party on Monday evening and a farewell party on Thursday evening. Most important is the friend-to-friends exchange philosophy (e.g. international students are hostet by fellow students of  Jena).


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