Social Work Department strengthens cooperation with the ARTM





Social Work Department strengthens cooperation with the ARTM.

In the past few years, the Social Work Department of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) has built a long-term cooperation with the Association for Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau (ARTM) in teaching curriculum and field practice. Ms. Marta Bucho, the coordinator of the Female Treatment Center of ARTM, is a visiting academic of BSW program teaching “Social Work with Groups” and “Social Work and Addictive Behavior”. ARTM also provides field placement and field supervision for year 4 students every year.

To better understand the rehabilitation services of ARTM to social work students, on April 14, 2021, BSW year 3 students, accompanied by Prof. Ning Tang, Prof. Michael Lai and Instructor, Ms. Cymie Sam from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education (FSSE) of USJ, visited the Association for Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau (ARTM) in Coloane for a field activity of the module “Social Deviation and Justice”.

Mr. Cheung Lik-hang, the vice-deputy of ARTM, firstly introduced the services, history and rehabilitation services of ARTM. He also explained the “therapeutic community” and “physical-psycho-social” model, which includes a multi-disciplinary team providing services such as residential detoxification, individual and group counselling, family network support, medical support and pre-vocational training internship programme. The students then visited the Hold On To Hope Project, where provides vocational training opportunities for rehabilitated people at the H2H cafes and galleries.

The field visit helped the social work students understand the meaning of “recovery” for rehabilitated drug abusers. It is not only to help them to reduce or quit drugs, but also to adjust their lives for rejoining society and realising the meanings of their lives. 

Author: Cymie Sam (BSW visiting academic)

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