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Work experience

2008 - Present

Lecturer

Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, Department of Welfare and Social Work

2016 - 2017

Research scholar

West Virginia University

Research ““Positive Outcomes of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for Children Who Face Social Problems”

2014 - 2016

The head of the Joint Master Study programme “Social Work with children and Youth”

Rīga Stradiņš University, Department of Welfare and Social Work

2015 - 2016

Project expert

Stopiņu municipality Social Service

2011 - 2013

Social worker

Stopiņu municipality Social Service

2013 - 2013

Secretary:

Rīga Stradiņš University, Department of Welfare and Social Work

2013 - 2013

Volunteer

International Center for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue, Armenia

Organization of summer camps for youth.​​

2011 - 2011

Methodist

Clinical Social Worker Association

2006 - 2008

Social rehabilitator; project assistant

The Resource Centre for Women “Marta”, www.marta.lv

Education and training

2008 - 2010

Master of Social Work

Rīga Stradiņš University

2004 - 2008

Bachelor of Social Work

The University of Latvia

Achievements

Continuing education a.o. qualification upgrade

2017 Participation in the summer school organized by Ministry of Welfare to work on Latvian social workers ethical code;

2017 Participation in the conference “Social Work Education in Europe: Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future” (Paris, France) with a presentation "Interrelationship between education and practice for sustainable development of the Social Work profession in Latvia";

2016 Certificate for the acquisition of the training program “Darbs ar mērķa grupas jauniešiem (NEET) in project “Proti un dari!”;

13.-17.10.2015. ic-PSIRS International Conference on Political Science, International Relations and Sociology, presentation "Mutual Expectations of Employer and Employee as Employability Affecting Factor" Istanbul, Turkey; 29.06.-02.07.2015. Social Work Education in Europe: Towards 2025, presentation "Feature of Social Work Education in Two Transition Countries – Croatia and Latvia – Commonalities and Differences", Milan, Italy; 26.-28.11.2014. Poster presentation „Comparative Analysis of Outreach Work with Street Children in Latvia, Czech Republic and India" and presentation „Decent Work for Youth" in the „5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference Society. Health. Welfare" Riga, Latvia; 2014 participation in the International Scientific Conference „XI Hradec Days of Social Work: Social Work in the Context of Human Rights" (Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic);

2014 Certificate of attendance "European Forum on Social Innovations for Healthy and Active Life Expectancy";

2014 Participation in the ERASMUS intensive programme „From farm to fork: food selfsufficiency as social right" with a seminar „Socioeconomic perspective in Social Work" Ljubljana, Slovenia;

2014 Participation in the ERASMUS staff exchange in the Complutense University of Madrid with seminar „Formal and non-formal methods in outreach work with street children" Madrid, Spain;

2014 9th International conference „Social Work in a „cold climate": fighting for good practice in times of austerity" with the presentation „Social Work Education in Development of Professional Competence: a Comparative Study" Durham (United Kingdom);

2013 4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference „Society. Health. Welfare"; Riga, Latvia;​

2013 Internship within the Educational Summer Camp Let `s Do ICL Outdoor" in Armenia;

2013 Certificate of participation in the C.I.F. Norway International Program;

2012 Certificate on "Statistics in research - methodological and practical aspects of the use";

2012 Training course „Intercultural Learning Against Discrimination" Kobuleti, Georgia;

2012 Diploma for participation in the course "Introduction to Project Management";

2012 A certificate of participation in the "Attracting international partners and implementation of joint projects";

2012 Certificate on "Project Management" acquisition;

2011 „ Employment - an independent life support (supported employment) measures for young people living in group apartments and mentally retarded orphans "; Riga, Latvia;

18.-19.11.2011. Participation with the presentation in the conference „Human Rights and Violent Behavior: The Social and Educational Perspective" Nicosia, Cyprus;

2011 Erasmus Teaching Staff exchange in Complutense University of Madrid "Human trafficking and violence phenomena: problems and solutions"; Madrid, Spain; 2011 Certificate of participation in academic reading "Social work with homeless people";

2011 Participation in the seminar "E-Safety", Ostrava, Czech Republic;

Supervised study course

Ethics

Evidence-based Social Work

Introduction to Speciality and Basics of Social Work

Outreach social work

Professional Communication

Social assistance

Social Work

Social Work at Macro-Level / in Local Community

Placement in Social Work

Lectured study course

Ethics

Introduction to Speciality and Basics of Social Work

Latvian social security system

Outreach social work

Professional Communication

Social assistance

Social Work

Publications

Research articles​​

Lotko, Marika. Ponijs rozā kedās un citi zvēri. Journal 36,6. 2017. Smirnova, Marika. Family contact points in everyday life: comparative analyze between Latvia and Czech Republic / M.Smirnova // Families at risk- international perspectives. (Mainz, Germany, 2015). P.83.-95.

Lotko, Marika. Comparative analysis of outreach work with street children in Latvia, Czech Republic and India [Elektroniskais resurss] / M.Lotko, M.Leikuma, M.Gopalswamy Battle // SHS Web of Conferences [Elektroniskais resurss] : Proceedings / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Riga, 2016. - Vol.30 (2016), article No.00035. - 5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" (Riga, Latvia, Nov.26-28, 2014). - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://www.shs-conferences.org/fr/articles/shsconf/abs/2016….

Lotko, M., Razgale, I., Vilka, L. “Mutual Expectations of Employers and Employees as Factor Affecting Employability”. The European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences EJSBS. 2015. Pieejams arī tiešsaitē: http://www.futureacademy.org.uk/files/images/upload/ejsbs19… Smirnova, Marika. Psychosocial changes in the image of women engaged in prostitution / M.Smirnova // SHS Web of Conferences : Proceedings. - Vol.2 (2012) : 3rd International interdisciplinary scientific conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 1st Congress of rehabilitation doctors of Latvia (Riga, Nov.11-12, 2010) / Rīga Stradiņš University. - 00029-p.1-00029-p.4. - Pieejams arī tiešsaistē: http://www.shs-conferences.org/ Smirnova, Marika. Women engaged in prostitution psychosocial portrait / M.Smirnova // Proceedings of the International Conference "Human Rights and Violent Behaviour : The Social and Educational Perspective " (Nicosia, Cyprus, Nov. 18-19, 2011). - Nicosia, 2012. - P.293-305.

Books and brochures

Razgale, Ilvija. Description of the need for management competencies to be included in social work programmes. Latvia [Elektroniskais resurss] / I.Razgale, M.Smirnova // Management competencies in social work across the Baltic States: identifying possibilities for improvement [Elektroniskais resurss] / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Kaunas, 2013. - P.18-20. - Resurss aprakstīts 2014.g. 15.maijā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://www.rsu.lv/eng/images/Documents/Management_guidelines.pdf

Abstracts

Smirnova, Marika. Mutual expectations of employer and employee as employability affecting factor / M.Smirnova, L.Vilka, I.Razgale // Future Academy Multidisciplinary Conference (Istanbul,Turkey , Oct.13-17, 2015) : Abstracts Book - Istanbul, 2015. - P.13. - WWW.URL: http://www.futureacademy.org.uk/files/menu_items/other/AbstractBookicPSIRS2015.pdf

Smirnova, Marika. Comparative analysis of outreach work with street children in Latvia, Czech Republic and India / M.Smirnova, L.Leikuma, M.G.B.Batle // 5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 2nd Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.26-28, 2014) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2014. - P.68-69.

Vilka, Lolita. Decent work for youth / L.Vilka, M.Smirnova // 5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 2nd Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.26-28, 2014) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2014. - P.82.

Ābiķe, Inga. Vardarbību partnerattiecībās veikušu personu sociālā rehabilitācija / I.Ābiķe, M.Smirnova // 2013.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, March21-22, 2013) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Riga, 2013. - P. 393.

Smirnova, Marika. Animal assisted therapy as effective component of social work in work with clients / M.Smirnova // 4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 1st Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.22-23, 2012) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2012. - P.97.

Smirnova, Marika. Psychosocial changes in the image of women engaged in prostitution / M.Smirnova // 3rd International interdisciplinary scientific conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 1st Congress of rehabilitation doctors of Latvia (Riga, Nov.11-12, 2010) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2010. - P.85.

Projects

2017 - ongoing Development of Social Services Strategy in Ventspils city for 2017 - 2022;

2015 - ongoing Work at the preparation of methodological material Social Work Cases: Global Perspective;

2014-2017 "Smart governance and performance improvement of Latvian municipalities" 2014-present "Social and political transformation paths in Latvian post-crisis period" (National Research Programme)

​2013 – 2014 Ljubljana University in cooperation with Riga Stradins University in project „From farm to fork: food self-sufficiency as social right";

​2013-2016 Social Innovations Promoting Active and Heath Ageing (InnovaAge);

​2011 – 2014 Mykolas Romeris University in collaboration with Riga Stradiņš University implementing the project Development of a Joint Study Programme "," Implementation of Joint Study Programmes ";

​2013 Kopling University in collaboration with Riga Stradiņš University Welfare and Social Work Department, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Catholic University, the University of Tartu and the Baltic-German University is implementing the project "Management Skills in Social Work across the Baltic States".​

Certificates

Certificate of Recognition from Ministry of Welfare for sustained and long-term contribution in welfare section and its educational development (2014)


Memberships

Member of C.I.F. Latvia, member of European Schools of Social Work Executive Committee, and „Dzīvnieku brīvība" (Animal Freedom

Books

Sociālais darbs. Izglītība, pētniecība, prakse 2017

Autors(i): Lolita Vilka, Anita Ābele, Laura Arāja, Ārija Baltiņa, Klinta Beļūne, Dace Erkena, Jeļena Hodakovska-Migunova, Maksims Ivanovs, Alise Kalniņa, Marta Kalniņa, Līva Kamarūta, Kristiāna Kaminska, Marika Lotko, Daniels Markovičs, Mārtiņš Moors, Linda Puriņa, Jānis Reirs, Inese Strauta, Ilze Trapenciere, Jānis Vētra
Izdevniecība: Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte

Social Work Case Analysis. Global Perspective

Autors(i): Sastādītāja: Marika Lotko
Izdevniecība: Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte

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Inga Millere
Dean, Academic Staff
Kristīne Mārtinsone
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ģirts Briģis
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Olafs Brūvers
Academic Staff, Chair
Lolita Vilka
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Anita Villeruša
Chair, Scientific Council, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Leading Researcher, Project Manager
Voldemārs Arnis
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Liāna Deklava
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Inese Gobiņa
Academic Staff, Leading Researcher, Project Manager
Laila Meija
Academic Staff, Leading Researcher
Jeļena Koļesņikova
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Manager
Lauma Spriņģe
Academic Staff, Head of Study Programme, Leading Researcher (Acting)
Uģis Ciematnieks
Academic Staff, Head of Study Programme
Kristaps Circenis
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff