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Broadening Horizons

International Exchanges in Social Work, 1st Edition

By Wanda Thomas Bernard

Edited by Lena Dominelli


424 pages

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While the remit of social work professionals is, in general, locality-based, social work has a long tradition of concern about international issues. Broadening Horizons provides an engaging and original contribution to the debate on how to tackle social work problems on a global scale. Filling both a theoretical and a practice gap in the literature, the book discusses the experiences of academics, practitioners and students involved in international exchanges in social work. It draws on a major EU-Canadian exchange project as well as separate projects in countries including South Africa, the USA, China and Australia. The contributors highlight the opportunities and barriers that shaped their experience and give guidance on how to deal with both the practicalities and aspirations of living and working across borders. This book will thus be invaluable both to readers interested in the meaning and realities of international social work and to those hoping to embark on an exchange programme themselves.


’In this globalized age, departments of social work are seeking to establish international exchanges yet there is little in the literature providing descriptive analyses of how these exchanges actually work out in practice. Broadening Horizons not only takes readers through the details of the process, but uniquely paves the way to non-exploitative relationships so vital to anti-oppressive practice. This informative book thus should be read by program directors and students alike to learn of the link between values and policies internationally…’ Professor Katherine van Wormer, University of Northern Iowa, USA ’…an important publication for social work…’ Community Care ’This book should be essential reading for all those involved in international partnerships and exchanges, as well as those questioning the relevance of introducing international opportunities to social work education. It is refreshing to hear the voices of students and practice teachers, as well as academics, reflecting on the challenges and professional development to be derived from experience outside one’s home country, and beyond familiar university and social work systems.’ Professor Karen Lyons, University of East London, England ’…has value to all programmes considering international exchanges.’ Social Policy

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Lena Dominelli and Wanda Thomas Bernard; Internationalising social work: introducing issues of relevance, Lena Dominelli. Being An International Student: Opportunities and Lessons Learnt: Learning about my professional self through an international placement, Michelle Hammond; Learning what I didn't know about myself as a person, Anne LeBlanc; Not so familiar: the case of 'H', Melanie Myles; Supporting families through multi-level interventions, Helena Albertson; Context matters: child abuse in a deprived community, Bethany J. Savoy; Away from home: reflections from working with asylum seekers in the Netherlands, Renee Meuse; Learning about child welfare in Nova Scotia, Andy Markland; Impressions from an English exchange student in Canada, Phil Beck; Reflecting on a practice placement in India, Christine Bennett. Supporting Students on International Exchanges - Views From Practice: Tutoring overseas and home students, Kish Bhatti-Sinclair; Preparing and supporting students for international exchanges: the challenges of linking theory and practice, Sheila Sammon, Walene Whitaker and Constance Barlow; Managing overseas placements for students, Anne Davies and Sally Cosstick; Network collaboration within Swedish child welfare, Sven Hessle; Diversity in the Multiversity: an opportunity for co-operation among research, education and practice providers, Greger Helin and Nicoline Isacson; Developing a child welfare curriculum across borders, Julia Waldman with David Colombi. Broadening Horizons - Creating Learning Opportunities Across Borders: Visioning international student exchanges, Lena Dominelli; Dialogue with the field, Joan Gilroy; 'What am I doing here, really?' students' and teachers' reflections on international placements, Carolyn Noble; Exploring partnership: student evaluations of international exchanges in London and Durban, Sue Lawrence, Donna Dustin, Madhubala Kasiram and Rubeena Partab; Reframing epistemologies and practice through international exchanges: global and local discourses in the development of critical consciousness, Vishanthie Sewpaul; The cultivation of global citizenship through international student exchanges: the Hong Kong experience, Cecilia L.W. Chan and Ernest W.T. Chui; Conclusions, Lena Dominelli and Wanda Thomas Bernard; Bibliography; Author index; Subject index

About the Author/Editor

Lena Dominelli is President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work and Director of the Centre for International Social and Community Development, The University of Southampton, UK. Wanda Thomas Bernard is Director of the Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Canada.

About the Series

Contemporary Social Work Studies

Contemporary Social Work Studies
Contemporary Social Work Studies is a series disseminating high quality new research and scholarship in the discipline and profession of social work. The series promotes critical engagement with contemporary issues relevant across the social work community and captures the diversity of interests currently evident at national, international and local levels. CSWS is located in the School of Social Sciences (Social Work Studies Division) at the University of Southampton, UK and is a development from the successful series of books published by Ashgate in association with CEDR (the Centre for Evaluative and Developmental Research) from 1991.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy