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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Social Justice in Thailand

May 7 - 25, 2020

Program Description: This program is open to graduate students only. The course will cover issues of social justice in counseling and counseling psychology in international settings as identified by the American Psychological Association. The trip will also educate students on how to ethically and culturally sensitively engage in international work, research, collaboration, and consultation as counselors and psychologists. Students will meet with faculty and student representatives from the University of Chiangmai, but will spend the majority of their time out in the communities of Northern Thailand. An academic visit to a refugee camp to learn about the different roles played by its workers and inhabitants is included in the program itinerary.  Students will also learn from minority groups and the social issues they encounter in Thailand due to their status. Cultural site visits include the Royal Palace, Wat Po, Wat Trivit and other sites.

Course: 3 credits in CPSY7799/8799 Social Justice in Counseling Psychology II: Applications to International Contexts
Program cost: Program fees include: Program fees do not include:
(Price is subject to change)
  • $350 application fee
  • Accommodations
  • Two Meals Daily
  • Inland Transportation
  • Daily lectures and visits
  • UM Tuition fee for Spring course
  • Round trip airfare
  • Int’l Medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses and some meals
*Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.
Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change):

Day 1 – Depart USA

Day 2 – Arrive in Bangkok at night. Transfer by van to Ibis Riverside Hotel.

Day 3 - Visit Royal Palace, Wat Po, and Wat Trivit. 

Day 4 - Visit the Srinakharinwirot University Department of Education. Canal tour to learn about life along the river. Leave on night train to Chiang Mai.

Day 5 - Leave for Chiang Mai via air. Check into Duanmintang Hotel and have class. 

Day 6 - Site visit to largest Child Development Center in Chiang Mai. Learn how the hospital works with the families, schools, and communities to attempt to create more services for people with disabilities in Thailand. 

Day 7 - Pick up by van and tour operator at train station. Drive to Ban Mae Klang Luang Karen Village in Doi Inthanon area. Check in to bungalow resort. Tour of village by local guide. Visit Royal Projects. 

Day 8 - Visit Karen village pre-school/primary school. Visit Lisu and Akha villages, learn about Thai hilltribes, current threat of trafficking and importance of nationalization and educational efforts among the minority groups to make them less vulnerable to human, drug and arms traffickers. 

Day 9 - Visit local medical clinic. Meet with village headman at Royal Project coffee shop. Leave by van for Chiang Dao and check into Chiang Dao Nest. 

Day 10 - Visit Burmese Refugee Agency. Visit a temple in Northern Thailand and learn about the connection between Buddhism and mental health. 

Day 11 - Choose between mountain trek or lazy river bamboo rafting. Both options include a visit to a local cave. Family-style dinner with local LGBT individuals at Chiang Dao Nest. 

Day 12 - Up early to give alms. Meet with resort owners and with Burmese staff at resort to learn about the impact of tourism on Thai and Burmese refugee lives. Visit local Padung school and learn about the importance of schools that allow Thai minority people to go to school in their own language. 

Day 13 - Visit local people with disabilities. Drive to Chiang Mai and check into local guesthouse where employees are all former sex-trafficking survivors. 

Day 14 - Visit University of Chiang Mai Psychology Department. Dinner with faculty and staff at the university.

Day 15 - Visit Urban Light. Free time for shopping. Fly to Bangkok and stay at the Ibis Riverside Hotel. 

Day 16 - Meet with urban LGBT people. Class afterwards. 

Day 17 - Choice of activities: shopping, packing or visit the Temple of Dawn. Depart for United States. 

Application Deadline: March 1. The online application should be submitted with a $350 non-refundable application fee. Please click "apply now" to begin an application. Select that you have log in credentials and sign in with your Memphis ID and password.

Contact: Please contact the faculty leader, Dr. Elin Ovrebo at or the study abroad office.

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