School of Social Work Brings Continuing Education Program to China
Thirty-five senior leaders from philanthropic and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China recently earned certificates from the Rutgers School of Social Work (SSW) in an intensive, four-day program on training skills conducted in Beijing by continuing education faculty from the school’s Institute for Families.
The trainees included staff from the China Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI) at Beijing Normal University, NGOs throughout China, and charitable foundations, including the Ford Foundation.
CPRI hosted the program and co-sponsored it with the Huamin Research Center at Rutgers, which was established in 2012 to promote professional development in nonprofit organizations and strengthen individual, family and community well-being in China.
The program was based on SSW’s New Brunswick-based Certificate in Training Skills program, which provides comprehensive training and professional development to people interested in becoming trainers, or who want to upgrade their skills; and to supervisors who train their own workers to make presentations.
“The training group was wonderful – smart, talented and creative,” said Doug Behan director of the School of Social Work’s continuing education program. “The participants were extremely hard working and enthusiastic.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Caixia Niu, center, of the Ford Foundation in China, receives a certificate from Andy Germak, left, executive director of the Institute for Families, and Chien-Chung Huang, right, director of the Huamin Research Center at Rutgers School of Social Work after completing the intensive program in training skills in Beijing in December.
Rutgers faculty included Andy Germak, executive director of the Institute for Families; Chien-Chung Huang, director of the Huamin Research Center; Rebecca Davis, director of the school’s Center for International Social Work; and instructors John Kriger and Robert Hazlett.
At the program’s conclusion on Dec. 9, the trainees received a certificate jointly issued by the Rutgers School of Social Work and CPRI.
Behan noted that the continuing education division at SSW is planning to offer additional programs in China on training skills and NGO management in the future.