At the Edge of Discovery: A Year In AIDS

  • Robert Neubauer Professor, Inland Empire School of Social Work and Human Services, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Abstract

This narrative chronicles a teacher learning. After twenty-six years of social work teaching, I proposed a "return to practice" for a sabbatical year. Because of an emerging commitment to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and a desire to build a knowledge and skill base for a course on the epidemic upon return to the university, I negotiated a volunteer-staff position with the Northwest AIDS Foundation (Seattle), the largest community-based multi-service HIV/AIDS organization in the Pacific Northwest. During the year, I practiced case management, assisted in education program development, and took on numerous other tasks. My report explores how this experience of immersion in a community tested some fundamental understandings about social work practice concommitant with a liberating growthin personal identity.  Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is theproperty of Cleveland State University and its content may not be copied oremailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyrightholder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, oremail articles for individual use.

Author Biography

Robert Neubauer, Professor, Inland Empire School of Social Work and Human Services, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
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