Deaf professional to lecture on social welfare at Tokyo

Social work is a technique to support a person who has some problem. Any Deaf person also occasionally needs support in the field of mental health and social welfare. However, there are currently very few Deaf professionals certified as a social welfare counselor or a psychiatric social worker, etc.

The Lecture Series, titled "What is social welfare for the Deaf?: The United States and Japan" will introduce overseas circumstances centering on 8 topics such as the basis of the social welfare system, the interpreting system, abuse, senior citizens, gender, immigrants, poverty, mental diseases, and so on.

- Date: every Tuesday starting on January 26 , 2010, 19:00-20:30 (for 8 weeks)

- Sponsoring: Japanese ASL Signers Society (JASS)

Official site in English:

- No spoken interpreting.

Kota Takayama, who will be a lecturer for the Series, was one of the recipients of the scholarship from The Nippon Foundation to study abroad. He earned an MA in social work at Gallaudet University in May, 2009. He works at a residential facility for Deaf children as a counselor in Tokyo. A board member of the Japanese Deaf Social Counselors Society.

Japanese source:
DEAF-NEWS (subscription)

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