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A rapidly growing number of social workers are expressing a deep interest in and strong concern for global situations adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people. Such situations include global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons, and vulnerable and marginalized groups within them. Increasingly practitioners from several professions are actively involved in addressing these issues at local, national and international levels. This book aims to encourage and inform such involvement by drawing together the practice wisdom gradually emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Utilizing an integrated perspectives approach incorporating global, human rights, ecological and social development perspectives, the text is designed to prepare social workers, human services professionals, development practitioners and others who desire to play significant roles in responding to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations and ultimately of us all. The book contains a number of useful pedagogical elements, including: • Clear learning objectives • Summary tables in the text • A brief summary of the chapter at the end • Learning exercises and questions • Possible research areas • Recommended reading • A glossary for the whole book New to this edition will be many updated references and content. Two new chapters, new cases in every chapter, and more.

Future Challenges for International Social Work
Future challenges for international social work

Our definition of international social work, set out in Chapter 1, highlights the role for social work intervention, in education and practice terms, to respond “to the various global challenges that are having a significant impact on the well-being of large sections of the world's population.” The definition goes on to argue for the application of the integrated-perspectives approach to the analysis of international situations and responses to them—in other words, our understanding of social work, and its place in the world internationally, needs to synthesize the global, human rights, ecological, and social development perspectives (Chapter 2). However, as the text proceeds, it is made clear that social work locally could also, with ...

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