Brunel Social Work hosted Professor Philip Hong and Anthony J. Johnson from Loyola University Chicago on 2nd July 2018.
Self-sufficiency is a performance benchmark in workforce development that many social service providers must report to funders and agency administration. Service providers have to rely on their professional judgment to balance the values of engaging their clients in an empowerment process with promoting self-sufficiency as an economic outcome. Professor Hong explained that a risk shift has emphasised the language of personal responsibility in the US, moving risk away from the large entities such as governments and onto the shoulders of those with already slim resources. The goal of his award-winning program is to help people identify and meet their own career goals by defining the nature of the problem differently. His program is unique for its focus on psychological empowerment, and a strengths-based approach.
Prof Philip Hong is Associate Dean for Research, Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor and Director, Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS), Loyola University Chicago.
More about Professor Hong's work with TIP, Transforming the Impossible into Possible, may be found here: http://www.tipprogram.org/
Find out more about Social Work research at Brunel University London here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/social-work