Social Work Practices: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Educational Implications

Eva Nicole Arnold (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC025000



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Social work has always embraced the service of helping people. But since its beginnings around the mid-1870’s, two fronts within social work have been divided in their view on how to best do this. One front has promoted the scientific approach to fight social injustice through its association with a theoretically based university education of social workers.

The other front has avoided this approach, instead leaning towards a course-based practical training of social workers where the puritan helper view were essential for deciding whether the client deserved help or not. This book discusses the practices of social work and the different global perspectives on the topic. It also includes challenges involved in social work as well as educational implications. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1 - Social Work As a Profession: Made Insecure by Its Own History and Abraham Flexner? (pp. 1-8)
Nicolay Gausel (University College Østfold, Halden, Norway)

Chapter 2 - Chinese Strategies on Juvenile Delinquency and Correctional Social Work: Development and Practice (pp. 9-30)
Xue Weng (Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 3 - Social Work Interventions at Different Stages of Disaster Illustrated by Asian Experiences (pp. 31-50)
Wong H.C. Johnston (Beijing Normal University Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, China)

Chapter 4 - Tactics Employed in Supervisory Conflicts: A Case Study from the Social Work Education in Hong Kong, China (pp. 51-66)
Kathy Kam-ping Leung (Hong Kong SAR)

Chapter 5 - Social Work Education across Borders: Multiple Layers of Conceptualisation (pp. 67-110)
Kerry Brydon (Monash University Department of Social Work, Australia)

Chapter 6 - Personal and Professional Boundaries in Bi-Cultural Social Work Practice: An Australian Study (pp. 111-132)
Robyn Mason, Ph.D., Raeleene Gregory, Ph.D., and Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward (GLASS research unit, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Australia, and others)

Chapter 7 - Social Work in Residential Care Facilities for Older People As a Protagonist of Changes in Community Care for the Older People in Slovenia (pp. 133-152)
Jana Mali (Faculty of Social Work Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, Topniška ulica, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 8 - Social Work, Spirituality and the Indigenisation Discourse (pp. 153-168
Morena J. Rankopo (Senior Lecturer, University of Botswana, Department of Social Work, Gaborone, Botswana)

Chapter 9 - Social Work and Grief in the Workplace: Perspectives from a Developing Country (pp. 169-184)
Cornelia Drenth and Jeanette Theron (Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, Theresapark, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 10 - Social Work Practice and Education in Africa: Trends, Issues and Challenges (pp. 185-198)
Jotham Dhemba (Department of Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work National University of Lesotho, South Africa)


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