Qatar University to train women social workers


The programme will be offered at the College of Arts and Sciences and is open only to women, starting with a batch of 50 students.

"Women are more receptive to this profession," said Assistant Professor of Social Work Dr Salah Al Mannai. The graduates would eventually be working in schools, mental health facilities and law enforcement agencies, she added.

The programme aims to equip graduates with the necessary social work practice, knowledge, skills and values to enhance the welfare and social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in Qatar.

The programme will be taught in an educational practice-based environment that fosters cultural sensitivity and integration of Qatari culture, professional development, critical thinking and leadership.

"We hope to develop social workers who will be effective in assisting individuals, families and communities in developing opportunities, capacities and resources for improving quality of life," said Prof James W Ayers, coordinator of the programme.

The four-year programme includes a two-year foundation programme as well as 400 hours of practical, on-site training at schools, hospitals and relevant agencies. The curriculum is based on US accreditation requirements.

"We are interested in this programme because we can give something important to our society, to help people solve their problems and offer them the opportunity to communicate the concerns they face in their daily lives," said QU English major students Dana Al Maslamani and Mashael Al Mutawa.


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