During the last two weeks of January 2017 Jim Campbell, Professor of Social Work was invited to a range of Indian social work academic and practice institutions to provide a series of lectures, workshops and mentoring of PhD students.
He met staff and students at the Department of Social Work, Voorhees College, Vellure, Tamil Nadoo. He then remained in Tamil Nadoo to provide a key note address on the topic of ‘The role of youth, social and community workers in dealing with political conflict’, at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Youth Development, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur. In addition he a publishing workshop at the Don Bosco organisation in Cennai organised for social work academics from institutions around the state.
Professor Campbell then took up a week long visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Social Work, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat. There he gave two lectures on the topics of social work and political conflict, and social work and mental health services to a mixture of BSW and MSW students. In addition he ran a ‘getting published’ workshop for around 100 academic staff and PhD students. He also provided individual mentoring meetings with five PhD students and assistant professors.
Professor Campbell met senior staff in each of the institutions which lead to some potential partnership opportunities between Indian social work academics and students, and staff and students in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin.