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.

Basic Programs and Strategies for International Social Work

Basic programs and strategies for international social work

Introduction

One of the significant insights that emerges from studying international social work is that a great variety of workers, engaged in highly divergent fields, have adopted a number of common strategies. Some of these workers may have done so as a result of study, general reading, or training courses, but many others have done so because these strategies appeared to represent a commonsense or logical approach. Field-workers seem to appreciate instinctively that people's empowerment and capacity building are indispensable to progress. Similarly, they quickly realize that self-help and community-based approaches to change are both necessitated by resource shortages and right in principle. Along similar lines, workers perceive the necessity ...

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