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Dr. David Cecil presented at the Russian Orthodox University International Conference on Social Work Competencies.Dr. David Cecil, an associate professor in Asbury University’s Master of Social Work program, recently returned from a teaching opportunity overseas that brought together Protestant and Eastern Orthodox viewpoints to address significant social issues in Russia.

Cecil spent two weeks in Moscow with two other American colleagues to teach in the classroom and at an international conference at Russian Orthodox University. While there, they also led round-table discussions with faculty and conducted training sessions for leaders at Word of Life church.

“It was an incredibly busy and productive time,” Cecil said. “Russia faces many difficult social problems, including incredibly high levels of addictions, homelessness and family conflict. These pressures have opened doors for these exciting collaborations.”

Earlier this spring, Cecil traveled to Lithuania, where he presented at the LCC International University sixth-annual academic conference on “Defining issues of social justice: a model for efficiency and precision.” In addition to presenting at the conference, Cecil taught psychology and social work students in the classroom, attended a student field trip to a homeless shelter and learned from other scholars of various disciplines from 15 different countries.

Dr. David Cecil took a little bit of Asbury's campus to St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow with a Hiccup Cafe t-shirt.The trips overseas were prompted in part by a collaboration between Cecil and Dr. Ken Stoltzfus, a professor at Malone University. They published an article in the “Journal of Substance Use and Misuse” in the past year titled “A different atmosphere of love: a qualitative study of the experiences of participants in faith-based addiction rehabilitation programs in the Russian Federation.”