Conference of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Grenada, in collaboration with the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators (ACSWE), will be hosting the 12th Biennial Conference of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators. The conference which be held 6 to 10 July 2015 at St George’s University, will welcome over 40 speaker and 150 attendees from all over the world.

Since 1993 the ACSWE has collaborated with Caribbean universities and other organisations to successfully host this premier activity for social work educators and practitioners in the region. The Grenada Site Office of the UWI Open Campus is located at the historic T A Marryshow House, former residence of a leading member of the labour and nationalist movements in Grenada and the wider Caribbean.

The biennial conference provides an opportunity for social work educators, practitioners, students, researchers, policy makers, social planners and others from across the Caribbean and abroad to share the results of their research and academic pursuits, practice experiences and visions in a lively atmosphere characterized by understanding, respect and concern.

This meeting will be held on the splendid campus of St George’s University. The campus will be home to the weeklong conference which will encompass workshops, academic papers and lectures. Social workers, health care professionals and many with interrelated interest from all over the world will be landing on Grenada’s soil. Sessions with topics ranging from Working with Men, Child Abuse, Aging Services, Gerontology and Youth Development are just the tip of the iceberg.  To ensure that attendees are able to get a taste of Grenada, the Local Organising Committee has planned a Cultural Evening where vendors and entertainers will allow first time and return visitors an opportunity to experience the warm Grenadian hospitality and their eyes, ears and taste buds will titillate with memories our beautiful island — Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

“UWI Open Campus, Grenada, is very proud to support and partner with the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators. Those within the field of social work or have overlapping interests are strongly encouraged to attend,” says Dr Nicole Phillip-Dowe, Head of Site UWI Open Campus, Grenada and Chair, Local Organising Committee.

Maria Holder Memorial Trust and Republic Bank in particular have collectively sponsored 80 Grenadians, enabling them to attend. This conference however has been funded by ACSWE, UWI Open Campus, UWI Mona, SGU, Howard University, and Grenada National Lotteries Authority. Interested Grenadians professionals are welcome to register for the conference to attend the entire week or attend one day sessions.  For queries go to

ACSWE and UWI Open Campus, Grenada looks forward to engaging collectively with the past, the present and the future of social work education.

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