Interviewing and Counseling
Pope Francis recently called on Catholic universities worldwide to contribute to research and teaching about refugees and migrants. As a Catholic and Augustinian institution with a deep and long-standing commitment to community service and founded to educate immigrants, Villanova is answering Pope Francis’ call.
Villanova is in the process of developing a new online interdisciplinary educational program to educate and train students to serve migrants and refugees in a pastoral or advocacy role. Specifically, the new training program will inform students about migration from an interdisciplinary perspective, with the aim for graduates to be able to provide assistance and support (including legal assistance) to migrants and refugees. The program will fill an educational gap in the field of migration and equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve migrants and refugees.
The online program will be organized into a series of three content modules. Each module is 14 weeks in duration and is broken into two seven week sessions. The modules will be developed in consultation with various community stakeholders including non-governmental organizations, university professors, potential employers, migrants, refugees and potential students. Students will be highly encouraged to register for all three modules, but can choose to finish their studies upon completion of the first, second or third modules. The module contents build upon each other and must be taken in order. Students will receive a module certificate upon completion of each module and a program certificate upon completion of all three modules.
This program is in the pilot phase and is scheduled to launch to the public in fall 2020.
Module 1 focuses on how to successfully work with immigrants, and is the foundation for the program. Upon completion of Module 1 students will be able to:
Select students may elect to complete their study at this point. These students likely will be employed in a field in which they interact regularly with immigrants – social workers, educational counselors, pastoral workers and other members of religious congregations, and health care workers. Their specific training needs would focus on how to work successfully with immigrants, and not on immigration law. Others interested in adding to this foundational knowledge may decide to proceed to Module 2 and Module 3. Most students will begin the program by enrolling in this first module, although others who have relevant experience may enter directly into Module 2 or 3 with approval from CPS during the enrollment process.
Modules 2 and 3 focus on immigration law and practice and are designed to train people to apply to become Department of Justice (DOJ) partially accredited representatives (Module 2), or fully accredited representatives (Module 3).
Below is a list of topics that will be covered in the program. Some of these are thematic throughout the program, while others may be covered in a specific module.
Interviewing and Counseling
Hot Topics in Immigration Law
Self and Communal Care
Law and Legal Systems
Case Planning/Project Management
Cross Cultural Understanding
Justice for Migrants
Immigration Research and Ecosystems
The Stranger in History and Religious Tradition