As a region, the Pacific is changing rapidly. This edited collection, the first of its kind, centres Pacific-indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being in Pacific social work. In so doing, the authors decolonise the dominant western rhetoric that is evident in contemporary social work practice in the region and rejuvenate practice models with evolving Pacific perspectives. Pacific Social Work:
• Incorporates Pacific epistemologies and ontologies in social and community work practice, social policy and research
• Profiles contemporary Pacific needs – including health, education, environmental, justice and welfare
• Demonstrates the application of Pacific-indigenous knowledges in practice in diverse Pacific contexts
• Examines Pacific-indigenous research approaches to promote inform practice and positive outcomes
• Reviews Pacific models of social and community work and their application
• Fosters Pacific perspectives for social work and community work education and training in the Pacific region.
Pacific Social Work demonstrates the role of social work within societies where social and cultural differences are evident, and practitioners, community groups, researchers, educators, and governments are encouraged to consider the integration between local indigenous and international knowledge and practice. Providing rigorously researched case studies, questions and exercises, this book will be a key learning resource for social work and human and community services students, practitioners, social services managers and policy makers in Australia, New Zealand and various Pacific Island states across the Pacific including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
List of Figures; List of Tables; List of contributors; Foreword; Acknowledgements; PART I: Pacific Social Work; 1. Introduction to Pacific Social Work: Places, Peoples, Perspectives and Practices; 2. Contemporary Pacific Values and Beliefs; 3. Pacific Models of Social Work; PART II: Fields of Practice; 4. Seeing Abilities – Disability in the Pacific; 5. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing from a Pacific Perspective; 6. Environmental Justice and Social Work in Climate Change in the Pacific Islands; 7. Pacific-Indigenous Community-Village Resilience in Disasters; 8. Delivering Youth Justice for Pacific Young People and Their Families; 9. Applying Culturally Appropriate Approaches when working with Pacific Adult Offenders; 10. Community Development: Connecting Social Work Education and Practice in Pacific Communities; 11. Understanding the Vā for Social Work Engagement with Pacific Women and Children; 12. An Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing for Pacific Social Workers; 13. Getting on the K.A.D: The Impacts of Kava, Alcohol and Other Drugs Consumption Across Pacific Communities; 14. Our Pacific Elders as Keepers and Transmitters of Culture; 15. Understanding Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Pacific Islands; 17. Global Migration and Resettlement – A Case Study on the Fijian Experience; PART III: Social Policy; 18. Navigating Social Policy Processes in the Pacific; PART IV: Research; 19. Towards a Pacific-Indigenous Research Paradigm for Pacific Social Work; PART V: Future Directions; 20. Where to From Here? Integration of Indigenous Knowledges and Practice in Contemporary Settings; Index