Ireland Study Abroad Program Completes Another Successful Experience

The 2016 Ireland Study Abroad Program focusing on Solutions to Homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland/Europe was, once again, a successful global citizen experience for 9 students representing behavioral healthcare, social work, public health, psychology and criminology.

After studying at the prestigious Trinity College, Dublin for one week, students were immersed in community-based field experiences (Focus Ireland & Simon Community) in Dublin and Athlone (rural) with a second week of cultural education throughout the West Coast of Ireland. The program was capped with students participating in the 2nd Annual Housing First Conference at the University of Limerick. For the third year, the program was led by MHLP faculty Mark Engelhardt who presented at the international Housing First conference on the United States (SAMHSA) Evidenced-based Permanent Supportive Housing Tool kit. USF collaborating faculty included Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder of Housing First and Conference Keynote speaker; Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan, Chair of Trinity College School of Social Policy and Social Work with Dr. Paula Mayock (European Women's expert); and Dr. Steve Gaetz and Melanie Redman from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (York University), experts on Youth and Family Homelessness. Mr. Engelhardt has the commitment of our Irish partners, so recruitment for the 2017 program will begin in a few weeks.