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
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction – International Practices Issues Isaac Karikari and Joanna E. Bettmann Chapter 2. Child Welfare Gloria Jacques Chapter 3. Couples Communication Joanna E. Bettmann Chapter 4. Intimate Partner Violence Caren J. Frost Chapter 5. Family Conflict Gloria Jacques Chapter 6. Elder Care/Elder Populations Caren J. Frost Chapter 7. Changes in Caregivers Joanna E. Bettmann Chapter 8. Adolescents Joanna E. Bettmann Chapter 9. Substance Abuse Gloria Jacques Chapter 10. Concluding Remarks Caren J. Frost
Joanna E. Bettmann is an Associate Professor and the MSW Program Director at the University of Utah College of Social Work, USA.
Gloria Jacques is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Botswana.
Caren J. Frost is the Director of International Social Work Research and a Research Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, USA.