IDIS W26 Historical Trauma, Social Work, and Faith in Liberia and Ghana [CLOSED]

Basic information

  • Dates: January 6–26, 2021
  • Cost: $3525 (estimate)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this off-campus program has been suspended. The information on this page is available for reference and planning purposes, but may no longer be accurate. If and when Calvin is able to re-open this and other off-campus programs, information will be provided at the main Off-Campus Programs website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Off-Campus Programs office.

Participants will engage with social work students, educators, and community leaders at partner institutions in Liberia and Ghana to develop an understanding of trauma informed care.

Participants will engage with social work students, educators, and community leaders at partner institutions in Liberia and Ghana to develop an understanding of trauma informed care. A trauma lens enables social workers to understand the ways that personal, communal, and historical events impact client populations, and to respond in ways that promote healing and wholeness. In Liberia, students will study with peers at the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in the capital of Monrovia, which Calvin has partnered with since 2008. They will also stay in the homes of members of Providence Baptist Church, a sister church of Madison Square CRC, and participate in a social work conference marking the bicentennial of the creation of Liberia by The American Colonization Society. In Ghana, students will engage with the faculty at the Akrofi Christaller Institute to consider the ways in which Christianity was complicit in colonialism and explore methods for the decolonization of faith. They will also visit some of the slave dungeons along the coast and close the triangle of historical trauma linking Ghana with the United States and Liberia via the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Students will read two books, complete daily journals, and a cumulative integrative paper. Fee: $3,525 (tentative). January 6–26, 2021. J. Kuilema & S. Hoeksema. Off Campus.

Cost

$3525 (estimate)

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Joe Kuilema

Joe Kuilema

Assistant Professor
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Stacia Hoeksema

Stacia Hoeksema

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Clinical Social Worker
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