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Children and Families Affected By Armed Conflicts in Africa

Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States

Joanne Corbin, PhD, MSS, BA, is associate professor and chair of the research sequence at Smith College School for Social Work (SSW), in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Corbin’s current research focuses on children and families involved in armed conflict in northern Uganda. She has conducted research on the reintegration experiences of former child soldiers in northern Uganda and on the resettlement of internally displaced populations in northern Uganda. An outgrowth of this research was the development of a training-of-trainers program with service providers in northern Uganda addressing the psychosocial needs of individuals and families affected by armed conflict. Dr. Corbin developed a social work internship program in northern Uganda for students from Smith College School for Social Work, and she has written about the values conflicts that U.S.-based social workers experience in international settings. She has also explored global social work issues in South Africa, Tanzania, and Canada. In 2010, Dr. Corbin was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Council for Global Learning, Research and Practice, which seeks to develop social workers who are competent in international practice. Dr. Corbin is a clinical social worker and is trained in family therapy.