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Master of Arts

in Clinical Social Work


A landmark Initiative to establish the 1st practical graduate program in Clinical Social Work in Jordan and the Middle East.



A Partnership of

Common Bond Institute (CBI),

Yarmouk University (YU)

 Michigan State University (MSU),

and

International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA) 


The program is based on a community mental health model and designed to quickly generate skilled direct service professionals who can meet the rapidly growing psychosocial treatment needs of the refugee community and vulnerable members of Jordanian society.

A practical, interdisciplinary degree designed to generate direct service professionals who can meet the rapidly growing needs of the refugee community and Jordanian society in general in multi-problem areas


a landmark initiative to establish the 1st Clinical Social Work program in Jordan at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. The project is in partnership with Common Bond Institute and it’s international professional network of universities and training institutes, working closely with the university and it’s faculty, including the only PhD Clinical Soc. Worker in the country. The purpose is to help build local psychosocial service capacity by generating a continually growing pool of professionally trained social work clinicians equipped to begin providing direct services in the field as quickly as possible. The program will also be designed as a model that can be replicated in other Middle Eastern countries in the future.

 

The program will also be designed :

  • as a model that can be replicated in other Middle Eastern countries in the future.
  • to be a model portable for future replication application in other countries in the region experiencing similar needs.
  • A combined program faculty made up of instructors from YU, CBI, MSU, and IHPA.
  • A comprehensive, holistic community mental health model is uniquely equipped to effectively address this complex, multi-problem, and immense service need.
  • To eventually lead to accreditation

 

Designed to be a model portable for future replication application in other countries in the region experiencing similar needs.

A combined program faculty made up of instructors from YU, CBI, MSU, and IHPA.

The program will be Faculty will be CBI’s training faculty will be providing the field internship component and teaching some of the practical courses (as well as at least a couple concept courses on CMH and interdisciplinary, and communal trauma). The other courses will be taught by a combination of YU and MSU faculty and MEU faculty.
a landmark initiative to establish the 1st practical, interdisciplinary graduate degree program in Community Mental Health in the Middle East designed to build local psychosocial service capacity by generating a continually growing pool of professionally trained direct service clinicians.

The project, in partnership with Common Bond Institute and an international professional network of universities and training institutes, will help build local psychosocial service capacity by generating a continually growing pool of professionally trained social work clinicians,

The need for comprehensive psychosocial treatment services throughout the region is both enormous and growing literally daily. A need that has been greatly intensified by the current massive Syrian refugee crisis, as well as the Iraqi and Palestinian refugee populations that have sought asylum in Jordan in previous years. It is no stretch to say that the lack of psycho-social services to cope with pervasive trauma and multifaceted problems on an unprecedented level woven throughout the entire Syrian refugee community of nearly 1 ½ million in that one country alone, coupled with the overwhelming strain on Jordanian society and mirror situations primarily in Lebanon and Turkey, pose one of the most critical challenges and dangers to social and political stability in the region currently and in the future.

The large majority of refugees are women and children, with the largest portion of these being children under the age of 12. We are faced with the real risk of millions of displaced, emotionally and physically traumatized Syrian children carrying deeply imbedded and continuing wounds into their future as the next generation in the Middle East – a lost generation that will pass on this inherited trauma into generations to come, if the means for healing and recovery are not provided now. What is needed are bold investments in local capacity building that can best address the unprecedented challenge of size and sustainability.

A comprehensive, holistic community mental health model is uniquely equipped to effectively address this complex, multi-problem, and immense service need.

This session will present on a landmark initiative to establish the 1st Clinical Social Work program in Jordan at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. The project is in partnership with Common Bond Institute and it’s international professional network of universities and training institutes, working closely with the university and it’s faculty, including the only PhD Clinical Soc. Worker in the country. The purpose is to help build local psychosocial service capacity by generating a continually growing pool of professionally trained social work clinicians equipped to begin providing direct services in the field as quickly as possible. The program will also be designed as a model that can be replicated in other Middle Eastern countries in the future.