International Social Work Practice: Case Studies from a Global Context

1st Edition

Joanna E. Bettmann, Gloria Jacques, Caren J. Frost

Routledge
Published November 13, 2012
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415783668 - CAT# Y126705

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Summary

International Social Work Practice compares and contrasts divergent social work approaches in countries around the world, providing students with a unique perspective on social work as it is actually practised. Using case studies from frontline practitioners from across the globe, this innovative new textbook stimulates critical thinking about international social work practice issues.

Providing a review of both country-specific social work practices and universal social work issues, the text looks at a variety of core social work topics, framed here in terms of CSWE competencies. Set within a theoretical framework presented in the introductory chapter, the subjects covered include:

  • child welfare
  • intimate partner violence
  • family conflict and communication
  • elder care
  • substance abuse
  • trauma.

Each chapter presents several case studies exploring range of issues within the broader topic and each case study is commented on by two narratives from social work academics and practitioners from different countries, providing different cultural perspectives.

Taking a practical hands-on approach, this text includes a dedicated section for classroom use, with discussion questions, classroom exercises and additional cases for your own analysis. It will be particularly useful to BSW and MSW students taking courses in international social work, practice, social welfare and human behaviour.

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