Tuesday, 21 June 2011

International Social Services intensive course in Budapest – GIVE & GET


The Social Services intensive Erasmus programme CRÉME - The Social Pedagogy and Creative Methods in Substance Care was organized for the third time. This time the event was held in Budapest, Hungary between 2nd and 13th of May 2011.

Almost 70 students from eight different universities and six countries attended the event. The attending Universities were TAMK and HAMK (Finland), Fachhocschule Nordhausen (Germany), HAN Hogeschool (the Netherlands), University of Pablo de Olavide and Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Kaunas College (Lithuania) and naturally the hosting University from Hungary, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Additionally, 16 teachers from different countries attended the intensive course.

The intensive course programme included lectures and workshops. The discussions were centralized around the topics of comparing the national welfare systems for drug prevention and rehabilitation. Interesting was also to compare the current status of drug related problems between countries

In the workshops the students improved their skills using different methods for their work. The methods included art, music, creative group work and photographing to name a few. These skills are especially needed when working in the intoxicant welfare system.

The second week was mostly about workshops where the students worked with Megállo Group Foundation, an organization specialized in intoxicant welfare. The workshops were done to help the secondary school Green Rooster, which is specialized in taking care of dropped out youngsters.

Megállo employees taught the students in various creative methods. The course topic was simply put “Give & Get”. TAMK School of Wellbeing and Social Services sent students Tuula Jokinen, Suvi Laakso, Aino Rinta-Jouppi, Hanna-Maria Ritoniemi, Markus Pakkala and Kirsi Saarinen to Hungary. Ms. Merja Repo, one of TAMK’s professors conducted a workshop with HAMK professor Ms. Seija Pajari- Stylman.

The week’s epic final was held in theatre Merlin where students, Megállo clients and the Green Rooster youngsters created a fabulous show worth to see. The local television company filmed the whole show and the whole intensive course got a lot of publicity.

Here everybody can find the broadcast which was shown on the Hungarian TV.
Please enjoy!

The course will be covered in a pdf publication later this year. In the pdf you will find articles and photos from the Budapest intensive course and additionally some material from the previous courses which were held in Tampere (2009) and in Sevilla (2010).

Senior lecturer in Social Services, Ms. Ulla- Maija Koivula has made terrific work organizing the intensive courses. Due to her input, she received a silver decoration from ELTE University.

Photo U - M Koivula
Text: U- M Koivula and Elias Suominen

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