The Catalyst

Social Work Student Panel

Dr. Lake Dziengel presented at MSSA with a session entitled, "Promoting Professional Development through Cultural Learning, Enrichment, & Reflection".  Dr. Lake’s session was geared at encouraging agencies and employers to allow employees paid opportunities to actively engage themselves in other cultures to become more competent service providers.  This session also included a panel of four St. Cloud State University social work students who participated in cultural enrichment activities.  The students were given 45 minutes to speak about their experiences and how these activities have affected them as social workers.  A "Q" and "A" time was left at the end of the session for the attendees to ask the students additional questions.  The students that spoke included BSW Student, Linda Gross,  First Year MSW Student, Tonya Lippert, and two Second Year MSW Students, Alyshia Popp and Amy Ruegemer.  Tonya felt, "It was a powerful experience to be able to explain how these events have changed my perspective.  I was nervous to speak in front of so many professionals, but our discussion was very well accepted by the audience, and there were quite a few questions.  I am hoping agency representatives who attended the session take our conversation back to their sites and create this needed change to positively increase their social service workers’ professional development through active engagement."     

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