Course Description

Course Description: The power of community partnerships to address the Grand Challenges has been demonstrated throughout the history of Social Work. Community-university partnerships in particular have advanced this work through research, education and practice benefitting our understanding and ability to respond to contemporary challenges. This course will provide insights into the barriers and facilitators for successful collaborations.

Through two unique panels led by veteran community activists, non-profit leaders, social work researchers and local government participants will learn the key ingredients for successful collaborations and partnerships. The first panel will highlight social work –community collaborations on a variety of topics; while the second panel will focus on partnerships and coalitions that are addressing Philadelphia’s opioid crisis. Grounded in their own experiences, presenters will identify facilitative factors as well as barriers to community-based research, education and practice collaborations. Attention will be paid to how these partnerships address issues of diversity, power, and capacity building.

Target Audience: Intermediate

Course Outline

Course Agenda:

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration

9:00 am - 9:15 am - Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am - Panel Discussion: What Makes Community Partnerships Work? - Model Partnerships

10:15 am - 10:30 am - Q & A Panel One

10:30 am - 10: 45 am - Break

10:45 am - 11:45 am - Panel Discussion: The Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia - Solving Complex Issues through Collaboration

11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Q & A Panel Two

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm - Wrap-up and Key Takeaways


Learner Outcomes

Course Goals:

By the end of the course attendees will be able to:

1. Identify factors and conditions that facilitate or create barriers to community-based partnerships.

2. Identify strategies to overcome barriers and enhance the promotion of community-based partnerships.

When participants return to the workplace they will be able to:

3. Acquire information to support the development of partnerships that contribute to building capacities to solve complex social problems.

4. Articulate the benefits of partnerships in solving complex social problems to key members of organizations and communities.

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