Shelli Gregory

A Comprehensive Design for International Social Work Field Education (ISWFE)

Shelli Johnson Gregory earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1994 and her Master of Social Work degree in 1997, both from the University of Kentucky. Shelli is currently a DSW candidate at the University of Kentucky, concentrating in Social Work Education.

For her capstone project, Shelli is researching the benefits, challenges, and best practices for International Social Work Field Education (ISWFE). She plans to develop a comprehensive new design for ISWFE that follows the exchange/reciprocal model and includes three distinct phases: a semester-long preparation course before travel, the practicum abroad, and debriefing upon return home. The design utilizes guided reflection throughout all three phases and close, supportive, coaching supervision during the student’s time abroad.

Throughout her career of 25 years, Shelli has worked as Executive Director of a small non-profit agency, Mission Outreach Coordinator for a church, Emergency Services Social Worker, Adjunct professor, and currently Family Resource Center Coordinator at an elementary school. Shelli’s goal is to obtain a full-time Social Work teaching position and continue her work in ISWFE.