Namicheishvili Salome, MSW, Chairperson, Founder
Ms. Namicheishvili is a Ph. D. candidate, a graduate with a Master of Science degree in Social Work (majoring in social administration and planning) from Columbia University in the city of New York in 2003.
Ms. Namicheishvili has 10 years experience in childcare and community based social service development, five of which have been involved in the design, preparation, delivery and evaluation of various training modules in the field of social work and community based social assistance. As well as being experienced in management she is experienced as a provider of technical advice on issues related to the planning, implementation and evaluation of social work services.
Her social work experience, both in Georgia and United States, involves working in the field of child care, social housing, juvenile offenders, mental health and community development. An active participant in multiple working groups and projects related to her areas of expertise, Ms. Namicheishvili developed a number of manuals/guidelines in the fields of social work regulation, child care, social work training, and social work practice teaching. She has been collaborating with Bachelor and Master of Social Work Programs at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University and Ilia State University as an inviting lecturer to lead social work concentration with children, youth and families, as well as to establish and develop social work practice learning and teaching component.
Ms. Namicheishvili is committed to the social work profession development in Georgia in her role as a founder and a current chairperson of Georgian Association of Social Workers. Since 2008 she has been involved in the field of social work professional and practice development as an international consultant in the former soviet republics.
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Ushveridze Marina, MPA, MSW, Board Member, Founder
Ms. Marina Ushveridze graduated with Master’s degree in Social Work from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. She holds Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgian-American Institute of Public Administration and a degree in Sociology from Tbilisi State University.
Marina Ushveridze has over 10 years of experience in social work, in the fields of education and social development, and in design, implementation, management and evaluation of programs to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Ms. Ushveridze’s endeavors both in Georgia and in the United States, have been focused on the fields such as children and families, unemployed, individuals with disabilities, children affected by conflict, victims of violence and social marketing for health (through her endeavors at Population Services International, Booz-allen & Hamilton, UN Headquarters in NYC and at St. Louis Metropolitan Rehabilitation and Employment Services).
Marina provided leadership to Children’s Tolerance Education Program at Save the Children Georgia. In the framework of this project, the renowned tolerance and social skills educational program and curriculum was developed, which is widely used in many public schools of Georgia. This program was selected for the 2009 Compendium of Good Practices in Human Rights Education, published by OSCE, UNHCHR, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
Marina Ushveridze has also initiated the development of the first school social work training program in Georgia.
Currently Marina works at PH International as the Director of Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training Program, which aims to enhance civic education in schools of Georgia, train teachers nationwide and promote participation of youth in the democratic processes.
Ms. Ushveridze is involved in the development of Social Work Profession in Georgia through her role in the Georgian Association of Social Workers as a Founder and Board Member.
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Shatberashvili Nino, MSW , Board Member, Founder
Nino Shatberashvili is a founder and board member of the Georgian Association of Social Workers. The association was found in 2005 and currently is the only professional organization in the country.
Sadzaglishvili Shorena, MSW, PhD, Board Member, Founder
Ms. Sadzaglishvili graduated with a Master of Science degree in Social Work (majoring in social research and program evaluation) from Columbia University in the city of New York in 2003. She received her PhD degree in Psychology from the Institute of Psychology Georgian Academy of Science in March, 2005. In addition, she enhanced her education in Psychometrics, Educational Measurements and Assessment at the Institute for Educational Measurement (CITO) in the Netherlands and at the Institute for international Pedagogical resaerch (DIPF) in Germany from 2008 to 2010.