Council of International Fellowship-United States of America
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Anne has been practicing clinical social work for more than 40 years. She has a bachelor‘s degree in psychology and sociology, and a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College in New York City. She is currently working as a private practitioner in Brussels.
Her experience includes working as a public school teacher in the Virgin Islands. She also worked for an agency in New York helping foster children, foster parents, and birth parents cope with the impact of domestic violence and neglect. She has assisted, and continues to assist, in the treatment of military veterans and returning soldiers. READ MORE
NASW member Barbara Sims traveled to Estonia and Latvia earlier this year to learn about the social work profession there and share information about the role social work plays in the U.S.
Sims heard about the program — offered by the Council of International Fellowship (CIF) —last year when she read an article in the NASW News about international opportunities for practicing social workers. The article included a chart that the NASW International Committee developed, which outlines various programs.
“CIF provided an unforgettable learning experience and challenge to thrive in the midst of a different culture and unfamiliar language,” Sims said. “Connecting with social workers, clients, and regular citizens from other countries was an opportunity to grow personally and professionally ...”
The Baltic countries have been through much trauma in their history of being war-torn, occupied by others and living under communist regime, but Sims said the resilience of the people amazed her.
“I came away from the experience feeling like part of a large family of social workers, participating in a worldwide profession dedicated to peace, tolerance, understanding and support,” she said.
CIF is a worldwide organization founded in 1960 to provide possibilities for in-service training and the exchange of professional experiences in the field of social work and human services. The goal of the organization is to promote international understanding, fellowship and world peace.
To see NASW’s chart called “International Experiences for Practicing Social Workers,” go to: socialworkers.org/nasw/swan/ International_Chart.pdf.
CIF-USA treasurer visits Japan
This article appeared in the November 2016 issue of NASW News.
We are saddened by the news of the passing of our dear CIF-CIP friend and colleague, Lollie Bailey-Nilsson. Lollie will be remembered by many as a woman who traveled the world, spoke several languages, and lighted the room with her beautiful smile and out going personality. She will be missed greatly.
Professional & cultural exchange program for social workers and youth workers
by Maris Caravaca Ontivero
"It was an unforgettable experience: exotic, simple, beautiful, meaningful, enchanting, enriching, educational, challenging, diverse, and so much more." READ MORE
Goodbye to a dear friend
An unforgettable experience: 2018 PEP participation in Morocco
by Hiram Ruiz
CIF-USA treasurer Hiram Ruiz visited Japan in October 2018. While in Tokyo, he met with the president of CIF Japan, Mr. Masamichi Sakamoto, and his CIF colleague, Mr. Shingo Kajimura Messrs. READ MORE