1st Edition

International Social Work Practice Case Studies from a Global Context

Edited By Joanna Bettmann, Gloria Jacques, Caren Frost Copyright 2013
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.