College of Humanities and Sciences
University of Montana
I was born in Bichna (one of rural town in Ethiopia). After I accomplished my primary and secondary education in Bichna, I joined to University of Bahir Dar which is one of famous governmental higher educational institutions in Ethiopia. Within my stay with in this institution I studied Social Anthropology, after I received my degree I have worked at Private Organizations Social Security Agency for about two years as a benefit allocation officer. When I was in this Agency, my work position paved the way to communicate with so many service receivers with a lot of psychosocial and economical problem. By using this experience as opportunity to enhance my professional knowledge related with different social problems and helping mechanisms, I applied to Addis Abeba University to provide me a chance to study Social Work in Master’s program. The university accepted my application and provide me scholarship. During my stay within that university I grasped a lot of knowledge and skills from the School of Social Work. My thesis project which focused on family caregivers for relatives diagnosed with bipolar disorder helped me to understand the psychosocial problems and also professional ways of treatment. Today am an academic within the University of Gondar. Within my work, I am committed and positive to share my knowledge and skills to my students.
Kate Chapin, LCSW, serves as the Director of Field Education and Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of Montana School of Social Work. In these roles, Kate oversees all field education placements for undergraduate and graduate social work students, trains field-based supervisors, and teaches undergraduate and graduate social work classes. Additionally, Kate serves as the Director of Interprofessional Education for the UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. In this role, she supports efforts to increase opportunities for interprofessional education in the classroom, in simulation and in clinical settings. Prior to tenure in these roles, Kate developed and managed programs for survivors of interpersonal violence in a college setting and community agency. She has worked as an independent contractor writing grants, creating evaluation plans and providing outreach for a start-up program. Kate’s clinical experience includes working with survivors of interpersonal violence in individual and group therapy and providing clinical social work services to patients in a community health clinic.