This Study Abroad Ireland will be an intensive eight week (two weeks on-site in Ireland), three credit course examining the Social Policies, Planning and Practices in the U.S. and Ireland with a special study focus on solutions to homelessness. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will include, behavioral healthcare, housing, social work, primary healthcare, criminal justice and sociology. Several leading experts on homelessness from the U.S. and Ireland/Europe will be collaborating faculty, along with field vists to successful community-based programs in a successful Housing First program in Dublin. The two week on-site program will be anchored at the historic and prestigeous Trinity College - Dublin for the first week and in Galway/Killarney and the West Coast of Ireland for week two. Educational excursions will be included in the academic package and led by a retired Irish educator who has worked with USF on numerous occasions.
Who Can Participate?
This program is intended to be an interdisciplinary program that should attract both Undergraduate and Graduate students from within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences: Behavioral Healthcare, Social Work, Communication Science Disorders, Criminology, Rehabilitation Counseling, and outside the college, such as Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, Health Sciences, and Psychology.
Preference will be given to USF degree-seeking students. Applications from non-USF students will be considered.
Class size is limited to 12 students! Apply Early!
The primary location and on campus housing will be at the historic and prestigous Trinity College - Dublin, Ireland, which in the center of Dublin and within walking distance to numerous Irish landmarks. There will also be guided tours in the Galway and Killarney areas and week two will be based out of Galway/Killarney with daily educational tours in the scenic West Coast of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland has adopted many of the same policies and best practices as the U.S. in their goal to eliminate homelessness. Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan, our collaborating Irish faculty member is the Editor of the European Journal of Homelessness and has an international wealth of knowledge of other European countries, policies and community contacts throughout Ireland to enrich the students experience in the field. One of the other benefits for students is that this program will be an interdisciplinary experience with future implications for social policies and practices in the U.S.
The US based classes will be at the Tampa campus building MHC, the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. The USF classes will feature Dr. Sam Tsemberis Founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing and US pioneer of Housing First. Via video/teleconference.
Planned Itinerary (Subject to minor changes): Also refer to the syllabus
Week 1 - On the campus of Trinity College, Dublin
Travel to Dublin – Students may make their own airfare arrangements
Week 1: Trinity College – Classes 2018
Monday 6/25/18– Homelessness in Ireland and European Union – Dr. Eoin O’Sullivan
Tuesday 6/26/18 -Canadian Youth Homeless – Lessons Learned - Dr. Steve Gaetz and Melanie Redman – PM – Royal Irish Academy Lecture
Wednesday 6/27/18– Family Homelessness – Sarah Sheridan – Field Lectures TBD
Thursday 6/28/18 – Youth Homelessness – Dr. Paula Mayock (Site Visits – Coffee Shop and Housing First with Adrian Quinn)
Week 2: Excursions – Field Visits
Friday 6/29/18– Travel to Galway via Athlone to meet with the Midlands Simon Community (Field Visit) to Galway
Saturday 6/30 Galway – Connemara- Kylemore Abbey
Sunday 7/1 – Ferry Ride to the Aran Islands: Inishmore
Monday 7/2 – Burren – Cliffs of Moher to Killarney (Ferry)
Tuesday 7/3– Dingle Peninsula
Wednesday – 4th of July Irish/American Festival: Killarney
Thursday 7/5 – Gap of Dunloe – Killarney
Friday 7/6 – Kildare – Irish National Stud (Horses) & Japanese Gardens
Saturday – 7/7/18 Depart to the U.S. from Dublin Airport
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Student learning objectives:
• To understand the history and common causes of homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland/Europe
• Students will learn about “Housing First” an evidenced-based practice to ending homelessness
• Students will gain a perspective on the cultural similarities and differences between U.S. and Irish approach to ending homelessness
• Students will learn about unique urban and rural approaches to community engagement
• Students will gain access to the most contemporary websites and resources in the fields of social work and behavioral healthcare in addressing homelessness
• Students will learn how a “fidelity standard for Housing First” is used for program development and quality improvement
• Students will learn about “recovery-oriented’ principles and practices, including client self-determination, choice, and community integration
• Students will learn directly from two internationally recognized authors and researchers in the field
• Students will have opportunities to visit social service, healthcare and successful housing programs serving people exiting from homelessness
• Students will tour a variety of Irish landmarks and settings throughout Dublin and the West Coast of Ireland with an experienced Irish tour operator who has a partnered with USF.
Total Program Cost: $3483.00
Included in the Total Program Cost:
A program of organized visits and excursions
Full breakfast in Galway and Killarney
Admission fees to museums and historical sites per the itinerary
On-site leadership of USF professor
Sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance
All breakfasts and three evening meals
Not Included in the Total Program Cost:
3 undergraduate or graduate credit hours (on-campus tuition rates apply)
Meals (other than those specified)
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
The College of Behavioral & Community Sciences is accepting applications for study abroad scholarships. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to CBCS students who want to participate in one of the Study Abroad programs offered by the college in summer or fall, 2016. For additional information, download the CBCS Study Abroad Scholarship Application here: CBCS Scholarship Application 2018.pdf
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit USF Financial Aid for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time frame.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit Education Abroad Funding for application information. The deadline for submission of the Compass Award application for Summer 2018 is February 15, 2018.
How and When to Pay
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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Week 1 - Students will be lodged on the campus of Trinity College in a shared apartment with a private room.
Week 2 - Students will be lodged in double-occupancy centrally located hotels in Galway and Killarney.
You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international airline ticket. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the Program Coordinators.
Faculty and Contacts
Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW ACSW
Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW led the Ireland program in 2014 and 2015. He is a leader in behavioral healthcare, with 40 years of experience; including 14 years as a non-profit treatment provider/executive, 11 years as a regional state administrator of substance abuse and mental health (SAMH) based out of Tampa, Florida and a faculty member at the University of South Florida (USF); Florida Mental Health Institute Department of Mental Health, Law and Policy providing training, technical assistance and evaluation for the past 13 years with various state agencies, county governments, federal agencies (VA), cross-systems advocacy groups, and substance abuse and mental health treatment providers throughout the State of Florida and nationally. He was been Florida’s Olmstead grant coordinator for community integration and served on several Supportive Housing Boards’ of Directors. Mr. Engelhardt concentrates on “systems and program development” with an emphasis on recovery-oriented program development in the areas of healthcare integration, supportive housing, homelessness, co-occurring disorders, Medicaid managed care, jail diversion, veterans, consumer involvement and emergency/acute care.
Mr. Engelhardt is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on several federal SAMHSA Homeless Treatment grants (CSAT), Primary Behavioral Healthcare Integration (CMHS-HRSA) and Jail Diversion grants (CMHS) and leads Florida’s Projects to Transition Persons through Homelessness (PATH) training initiative with the state SAMH Program office (DCF contract). Mr. Engelhardt is a faculty member of the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans with the VA to identify best practices in the HUD-VASH (VA) supportive housing program, implement Housing First, supported employment and is the Director of Florida’s Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center. Mr. Engelhardt has consulted with numerous public and non-profit organizations and is recognized as promoting partnerships among cross-systems, whether, public, private or entrepreneurial ventures.
Mr. Engelhardt has been to Ireland on 6 occasions; has 75% Irish ancestry; is a member of the (International) Irish Red and White Setter Association (Owns two IRWS – rare in the U.S.) and a member of the Irish Music Association.
Dr. Tsemberis and Dr. O’Sullivan were Keynote speakers at Ireland’s Housing First Conference held in Athlone, Ireland on September 30, 2013 and faculty for 2014 and 2015. This national conference was focused on the “elimination” of homelessness in Ireland using a Housing First or “Housing Led” approach and model. The Simon Community of the Midlands, one of eight homeless continums of care (non- profit coalitions and service providers) in Ireland and the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) sponsored the conference. Mr. Engelhardt (USF) was an invited panel presenter and provided training to the local professional community.
Dr. Sam Tsemberis – Founder and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Pathways to Housing, Inc. (www.pathwaystohousing.org) an internationally recognized Evidenced-based Practice and model to ending homelessness. Dr. Sam Tsemberis has partnered with USF-FMHI on several federal and state projects and is affiliated with Columbia University (NYC) and is a leader in ending homelessness. (DVD; Website News Videos, CNN)
Dr. Eoin O’Sullivan – Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Trinity College School of Social Work ( http://www.tcd/ie/ ) and lead Editor to the European Journal of Homelessness ( http://people.tcd.ie/tosullvn ) - Field visit coordination with the Simon Communities of Ireland – A federation of eight continums of care for people who are homeless with complex issues throughout Ireland
Contacts for More Information
Education Abroad Contact: Mr. James Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Faculty Contact: Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW
USF-FMHI Faculty: Systems Development
USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Dept. of Mental Health, Law & Policy
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2737
Tampa, Florida 33612-3807
Direct Line: (813) 974-0769