Springfield College School of Social Work Professor and Student Visit Hong Kong Baptist University

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Springfield College School of Social Work Professor Dr. Joseph Gianesin and Master’s of Social Work student Rachel Hanson traveled to Hong Kong Baptist University from March 10 through March 18 as part of a continuing exchange program involving faculty and students from the Springfield College School of Social Work and Hong Kong Baptist University. Hong Kong Baptist University Associate Vice President Frank Fu generously funds the program.

Gianesin led a pair of presentations during his visit, including one focused on the “Assessment of Children and Adolescents in School Settings,” and a second discussion focused on “Trends and Challenges in the Practice of Social Work.

Gianesin has been a member of the Springfield College School of Social Work faculty since 1996 and he has worked in the social work field for over 30 years serving as a psychotherapist, school social worker, school administrator, and educational consultant.  His research and publication interests are in male adolescent development, adventure therapy, school social work, and suicide prevention and intervention for children and adolescents.

“The Springfield College School of Social Work appreciates the generous support provided by Dr. Frank Fu to launch this exchange program with Hong Kong Baptist University,” said Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine Vecchiolla. “It is exciting to be developing strong partnerships with Dr. Petrus Ng, an impressive social work faculty and energetic students. SSW looks forward to building our partnership with HKBU for future short-term faculty and student exchanges and research collaborations.”

During the 2015-16 academic year, a delegate from Hong Kong Baptist University visited the Springfield College School of Social Work and worked with faculty members in serving as guest lecturers in classes for graduate social work students, participated in field agency visits, met with the Springfield College School of Social Work advisory board, presented to post-master’s certificate program students, and served as guest lecturers for the graduate social work students in the weekend program.

The Springfield College School of Social Work has a long-standing relationship with Fu and Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2015, Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine Vecchiolla and faculty members Walter Mullin and Ann Roy had a chance to visit with Fu when they traveled to Hong Kong Baptist University to give a presentation at the Global Social Science Conference.

Fu has a strong connection with Springfield College earning a master’s degree in 1973 and a doctorate degree in 1975, followed by serving as the director of the Springfield College Doggett International Center from 1978 through 1983.