UNICEF initiates skill building training for social services in Georgia

15 July 2020
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TBILISI, Georgia, 13 July, 2020. Over 20 social workers have taken part in a training of trainers course, organized by UNICEF, aiming to strengthen the understanding of social norms, and the interpersonal communication and community engagement skills of social service professionals in Georgia.

The training has been conducted as part of a training of trainers course aiming to strengthen the competencies of social service professionals in Europe and Central Asia. The course is designed to develop the participants’ interpersonal communication and community engagement skills within the process of social work practices with children, families, groups, and communities. The course is practice-oriented and is intended, primarily, as a foundation skills course for students of social work and related fields.

 

"We do hope that the training will help in further enhancing essential skills of social workers and providing better support to the vulnerable families." - Ghassan Khalil

 

“Social workers play an important role in protecting children, ensuring that quality services are available to vulnerable children, families and communities”, says Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “We do hope that the training will help in further enhancing essential skills of social workers and providing better support to the vulnerable families,” Khalil added.

Strengthening the understanding of social norms, interpersonal communication and community engagement skills of the social workforce will ensure improved outreach practices, promote social inclusion, empower marginalized groups and contribute to changes in harmful attitudes, behaviours and social norms.

The training is developed by the Columbia University’s School of Social Work, the Social Intervention Group and the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia. The course is implemented in Georgia, Kazakhstan and Albania. 

Media Contacts

Maya Kurtsikidze
Communication Officer
UNICEF Georgia

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