(Paris, Ill.)—Carolyn Sutton, licensed clinical social worker at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center, was re-elected president of the Council of International Fellowship-USA (CIF-USA) at the organization’s 31st biannual conference in Sigtuna, Sweden, August 3-7. This is Sutton’s third consecutive term as CIF-USA president.
CIF is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization. Its goal is to promote international understanding and world peace through education and information sharing among human services professionals. This year’s event attracted more than 200 professionals from 30 countries.
As president of CIF-USA, Sutton represents the United States, which is one of 30 national branches worldwide. More than 30 countries have established national branches throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North American, South America, and Oceania. Sutton’s focus as
president is to increase membership by encouraging Americans to participate in CIF programs around the world.
This year’s conference titled, “Strengthening Human Rights in Social Services: How Can Social Workers Make a Difference?” examined how implementing human rights in social services affects social work practice.
“Social workers around the world are faced with families and individuals who are subjected to gross human rights violations,” Sutton explained. “This year’s conference challenged us as social workers to look at how we manage the issues of human rights in our daily practices.”
Sutton has been a member of CIF since 1985 and is a former vice president of CIF-USA.
She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Oncology Social Workers. At PCH/FMC, she provides psychosocial assessments for inpatients and responds to emergency referrals. She also provides one-on-one psychosocial interventions to patients in the Oncology/Infusion Clinic and conducts monthly support groups.
For more information about applying for membership to the Council of International Fellowship-USA, contact Carolyn Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cif-usa.com.