Virtual Summit

International Social Work Experience

May 4-6, 2021
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Join us for this online Virtual Summit as we explore social work practices, opportunities, and international field experiences in Jamaica. Speakers will deliver workshops, discussions, and culture immersion presentations, bringing the Jamaican social work experience to licensed pactitioners, faculty, students and anyone intrested. This is a FREE event (including CEU) and all are welcome.

Schedule At A Glance

Tuesday, May 4

1:00 pm EST - International Social Work Discussion​

Jahmeyka Project social workers along with social service partners will lead a foucsed disucssion about the status of service delivery in Jamaica including the impact of COVID-19, current mental health crisis, and the role of social workers in international work. Come ready to engage in a fruitful discussion, social work related games, polls, and a Q&A session. Facilitated by Dr. Leslie Yaffa, Ed.D., RSW and Judy Smith MSW, LSW.

2:00 pm EST- WeChange-Abortion Advocacy Efforts in Jamaica

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4:00 pm EST- Trauma Informed Practice

Jahmeyka Project social workers will discuss the importance of operating with a trauma informed lense at the micro, mezza, and macro levels of social work. Participants are invited to engage in a discussion period after the training to explore application of trauma informed work on an international level.

6:00 pm EST - Jamaican Culinary Experience

Ray Henry of Ray's Catering has been serving up wholesome, healthy and affordable traditional Jamaican food since 1994. Join us, as Ray share recipies, techniques, and the customs surrounding Jamaican culinary delights.


Wednesday, May 5

11:00 am EST Writing 4 Life Empowerment and Youth Literacy 

Multi award winning writer, author, educator and litercy specialist, Dinijah Danijah, discusses his "edutainment" program Writing 4 Life, a creative writing workshop for young Jamaicans. Learn how to empower others through writing and education. 

12:15 pm EST- Geriatric Social Work Discussion

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1:30 pm EST- Free Ethics CEU for Social Workers

Kelsey Loushin Boundaries and Ethics Need overview and bio

4:00 pm EST - Roots Reggae

Catch the island vibe with a private jam session hosted by

Jamaican musician, Sabuki Allen and other Roots Regae artists. Celebrate black liberation, African and African diaspora identity, rastafarianism and Jah. The performance will be followed with a discussion about te importance ofmusic in the Jamaican culture.

6:00 pm  EST- Jahmeyka Project Intern Panel Discussion

What is an international field experience like? Join previous and current Jahmeyka Project interns as they share their stories of international social work. Facilitated by Stacy Smith MSW, LISW-S, Amy Scholl MSW, Meghan Delong MSW student,  PJ, Chrisite, Shea. . .. need last names here


Thursday, May 6

10:00 am EST - Home Safety

Meghan Delong, MSW student and parent advocate, focuses on consumer product safety, specifically issues that relate to home safety. This presentation will provide an overview of common home safety issues and potential safety hazards associated with everyday household items. 

5:00 pm EST -  International Social Work Workshop & Discussion

Jahmeyka Project social workers along with social service partners will lead a focused disucssion about developing a grassroots organization with an international social work mission, working from a macro framework, and the mandate for social workers to engage in change processes at a local, international and global level. Come ready to engage in a fruitful discussion, social work related games, polls, and a Q&A session. Facilitated by Dr. Leslie Yaffa, Ed.D., RSW and Kim Gallagher RSW.

7:00 pm - Jamaican Social Work Overview


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Meet Some of The Presenters

Dr. Leslie Yaffa, Ed.D, RSW, founder of the Jahmeyka Project, is a university professor in the field of social work. Her studies include initiation

of strategic responses to social programs, needs assessments, clinical supervision and crisis intervention. 


Judy Smith, MSW, LSW specializing in work with children and families by utilizing play based interventions. Judy is a foundeing member of the Jahmeyka Project and works with t our social service partners by conducting needs assessments and practice related interventions.


Danijah Danijah is an award winning author, educator, producer and literacy specialist. Danijah created STUDIO DAN, which specializes in the self-publishing of authentic Jamaican and afrocentric stories. As a rastafarian and member of Life Yard, he is the also the creator of WRITING 4 LIFE. 

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Ray Henry  is the owner and master chef at Ray's Catering . 


The Jahmeka Project is a diverse group of licensed clinical social workers, students and business professionals partnering with community organizations in Jamaica to exchange ideas, share resources, and develop programming to support children and adults coping with challenging life circumstances. Learn more about us at 

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