International Social Work Policy and Practice: Practical Insights and Perspectives
June 2009, ©2009
In order for social and economic justice to flourish globally, a greater understanding of practice and policy efforts from around the world is essential for today's professional in the human services.
International Social Work Policy and Practice: Practical Insights and Perspectives provides practitioners and students with contemporary examples and thought-provoking activities to promote in-depth insight and analysis of global social welfare issues such as poverty and the environment.
Thorough and practical, this book examines social work policy and practice within the context of global interdependence and culturally appropriate modes of everyday practice. Its country-by-country coverage includes Peru, Mongolia, Portugal, Malawi, Costa Rica, and South Africa, following a consistent structure that, in addition to offering real-life examples, delves into the theoretical underpinnings, ethical dilemmas, policy concerns, and strategies for promoting social and economic justice.
Each example of international practice-contributed by internationally recognized professionals who have lived and worked in the nation they are writing about-allows readers to immerse themselves in that country's cultural, social, historical, political, and economic context. Reflective exercises and Web-based, interactive activities give readers the chance to connect and apply what they've learned.
Serving as an impetus for learning more about the unique struggles and strengths of those in countries around the world, International Social Work Policy and Practice offers intriguing firsthand observations and perspectives on the relevance of social work's leadership role in grappling with the human elements and challenges associated with globalization.
About the Contributors.
1. International Social Work Education and Practice (Dennis D. Long).
2. Perspectives on the Relevance of Examples of International Practice and Policy (Dennis D. Long).
3. Ethical Principles and Processes (Carolyn J. Tice).
4. Portugal: An International Field Education Experience (Carolyn J. Tice).
5. Mongolia: A Focus on Community Practice (Carolyn J. Tice).
6. South Africa: Conducting Research with a Population at Risk (Ann Dinan).
7. Costa Rica: A Cultural Study Tour (Lisa E. Cox).
8. An Appalachian Example: Issues of Social and Economic Justice (Susan Kiss Sarnoff).
9. Malawi and AIDS: Examining Diversity and Populations at Risk (Diana Rowan).
10. Peru: A Focus on Individual Practice (Blanca M. Ramos, Mery L. Botton, and Gary A. Wright).
11. Lessons Learned from International Practice and Policy (Dennis D. Long and Carolyn J. Tice).
Dennis D. Long, PhD, is Chair and Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Social Work.
- Engaging examples of social work practice and policy appear in each chapter and are contributed by professionals who have personally visited or worked in agencies within a wide range of corresponding countries such as Peru, Mongolia, Portugal, Malawi, Costa Rica, and South Africa.
- Chapters follow a consistent structure that, in addition to offering real-life examples, delve into theoretical underpinnings, ethical dilemmas, practice and policy concerns, and strategies for promoting social and economic justice.
- Chapters include group activities, web links and critical thinking questions.
- Reflects CSWE's required foundation content.
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