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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 ...

International Social Work with Specific Populations
International social work with specific populations

In the previous chapters, we have focused on four fields of international social work, each field concerning a well-recognized area of activity occupying the international community and generating significant bodies of literature. Other fields that could have been discussed include natural disasters, the health and education fields, and disability. While fields such as these represent one way in which international social work is organized, many agencies and individual workers elect rather to focus on a specific population. The situations of all such populations are closely associated with one or more of the well-known fields; however, they represent discrete populations with specific characteristics that call for a highly targeted response to presenting needs. There ...

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