May 27 - June 12, 2013


Public health is concerned with what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people live can be healthy. Social work is concerned with how to use relationships to solve problems that impact community and individual health. This Summer Institute will focus on:


1. Managing Difficult Child and Adolescent Problems

2. Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

3. Healthy Workers, Social Work Administration, and Community Practice: A Sampler of Topics

4. Basic Counseling Skills Instructors

5. Responding to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault


Each topic will be addressed as a workshop. The workshops are structured so that participants may attend one or more workshops. Early enrollment is encouraged. Participants may enroll in  additional workshops at a later date if space is available. Members of all helping professions, but especially those in social work, social service work, or community health professions are encouraged to attend.


We invite participants who are (1) staff, faculty, and social work students and (2) social workers/collaborators/counterparts of Vietnamese American NGOs and other international and local NGOs. 


Participants should have a bachelor degree in a social science related field. Three years of experience as a practicing social service worker will exempt the requirement of a degree. University students will be permitted to attend the Institute workshops on a space available basis after more qualified individuals are accepted.


These workshops will emphasize practical methods of working with people and solving problems. There is no registration fee for these workshops and priority will be given to participants from co-sponsoring universities and organizations. All organizations are responsible for the costs of transportation, meals and lodging associated with sending their staff/collaborators to the training. 


Workshops are sponsored by An Giang University and West Virginia University with generous co-sponsorship from Pacific Links Foundation and the Southeast Asia Children’s Project. Pacific Links Foundation partners also include the East Meets West Foundation and the International Children Assistance Network.





Workshop 1 (May 27 -- May 29)

Managing Difficult Child and Adolescent Problems. Instructors: Jim Keim, MSW, Susan Newfield, Ph.D., and Neal Newfield, Ph.D. This workshop will address how to deal with challenging child and adolescent problems such as loss, violence, as well as different disorders such as conduct and attachment disorders. Individual, group, and family interventions for these problems of child and adolescent behavior problems will be addressed. Participants will practice skills useful in working with children and adolescents in small groups.


Workshop 2 (May 30 – May 31)

Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy. Instructors: Neal Newfield, Ph.D., Susan Newfield, Ph.D. & Jim Keim, MSW . Working with couples and families requires shifting from viewing problems as existing within individuals to being the result of the interactions between people in a marriage or family. This workshop will present the core principals of family therapy and how to manage couples and families in a manner that increases the possibilities of their resolving problems. Participants will be introduced to skills they can use to assist families with this problem solving process. Participants will practice skills useful in working with couples and families in small groups.


Workshop 3 (June 3 – June 5)

Healthy Workers, Social Work Administration, and Community Practice: A Sampler of Topics. Instructors: HaeJung Kim, Ph.D., Susan Newfield, Ph.D., Jim Keim, MSW, and Neal Newfield, Ph.D. Day one will address sources of stress and burnout among human service providers types of stress, and strategies for managing stress. Day two will address management practices in administering public and private not-for-profit organizations providing tools for analyzing organizations. Day three will address community practice needs and assessment including assessment processes, community network analysis, assessing community needs and assets, and how to examine community challenges, setting priorities, and mobilizing resources. 


Workshop 4 (June 6 – June 7)

Basic Counseling Skills. Instructors: Susan Newfield, Ph.D., Neal Newfield, Ph.D., & Jim Keim, MSW, and HaeJung Kim, Ph.D. This workshop will examine how to build relationships with clients that support the change process. Topics will include: therapeutic communication techniques such as active listening, clarifying techniques, asking questions and eliciting client responses and non-therapeutic communication to be avoided. Guidelines for conducting an interview and problem solving will also be discussed. Participants will also have the opportunity to refine their skills and problem-solve difficult client interactions.


Workshop 5 (June 10 – June 12)

Responding to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Instructors Suzanne M. Anderson, MSW. Jim Keim, MSW, Susan Newfield, Ph.D., Neal Newfield, Ph.D. This workshop will address the unique injuries (physical, emotional and social) and issues faced by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and skills for providing compassionate counseling support. Participants will learn about domestic violence concepts such as power and control and learned helplessness as well as the “invisible” injuries of sexual assault. The role of the social worker in supporting clients through medical and legal systems will be explored.


Workshops will begin at 8:00 and generally end at 16:30 hours with a 90 minute noon break for lunch.





HaeJung Kim, Ph.D. HaeJung is an assistant professor of social work at West Virginia University, School of Social Work. She received her doctorate at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Kim’s research focus is social work administration, nonprofit management, and community practice. Specifically, her scholarly interests and activities have been consistently focused on child welfare workforce issues, occupational stress for helping professionals, and organizational climate or culture in human service organizations.


James Keim, MSW, LCSW. James is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University and Director of the Southeast Asia Children’s Project, a group focused on the prevention of child trafficking and the treatment of its victims. He is co-author of the book, The Violence of Men, and a contributor to other texts on therapy with children and families. Currently, he is a Fulbright Roster Candidate for Vietnam.


Neal Newfield, PhD, LICSW. Neal is an Associate Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University and a social documentary photographer. He teaches courses in individual, marital and family therapy. Neal is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. His publications span a wide range of social work topics from research to practice.


Susan Newfield, RN, PhD, APRN, BC. Susan is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Nursing Faculty at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Department of Health Restoration. She is also a family therapist and experienced in AIDS prevention work. Susan teaches courses in individual and family mental health care. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Susan’s is a co-author of a commonly used text on nursing diagnosis.


Suzanne M. Anderson, MSW. Suzanne is a certified crisis responder/trainer with the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Suzanne has worked in the USA, Canada, Yugoslavia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Myanmar training and responding to industrial accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist and war trauma. Suzanne is a counselor at the SACAC Counseling Center in Singapore. She is currently working toward a Doctorate of Professional Studies at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.