This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

International Social Work

International social work
Jenna Murrayde López

Definition

Social work is an intriguing professional and academic discipline because it straddles both the local and the global (Dominelli, 2010). Domestic and international social work practice involves various related activities such as providing services for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, working on international health projects, responding to crisis situations and influencing change in global policies.

At a joint congress in 2000 of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) a new definition for international social work was created. The core definition contained in a one page document stated that:

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance ...

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