Partnerships with universities and schools throughout California and elsewhere are bringing Kinship Center’s expertise to educators and child welfare professionals in public and private settings as well as enhancing learning for the agency’s own social workers and therapists.

This month California State University Monterey Bay announced a new Master of Social Work degree program, which will start in the fall of 2010. The program will address a chronic shortage of trained social workers in the region and has grown out of a strong university-community partnership that included a Community Advisory Board co-chaired by Kinship Center President Carol Biddle and Executive Vice President Carol Bishop. “The MSW program is an excellent example of the university collaborating with community partners in order to meet critical workforce needs,” said CSUMB President Dianne Harrison.

Kinship Center’s Southern California programs have continuing partnerships with USC, Whittier College, Long Beach State and other area institutions that help more than a dozen graduate interns each year receive the clinical experience they need through hands-on work with Kinship Center children’s mental health clinic and other programs. And since September Kinship Center has hosted Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Michael Grand from the University of Guelph in Ontario for an-eight-month research partnership that will strengthen the collection, analysis and application of data to build on positive outcomes. [See article "Kinship Center Announces Scholar -in-Residence"].

This year Kinship Center was invited to participate in an Oxford University roundtable conference [See article "Kinship Center CEO Presents at Oxford"], and in the coming months Kinship Center’s Education Institute will provide clinical training in a variety of school and university settings.

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