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Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Critical Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Liz Beddoe, Jane Maidment


280 pages

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Promoting health and wellbeing is an essential part of all effective social work – not just for practice in healthcare settings. In fact, the IFSW holds that ‘social workers in all settings are engaged in health work’ and physical and mental resilience can make a major difference to all service users’ lives.

Drawing on international literature and research, the authors collected here encourage thinking about the social, political, cultural, emotional, spiritual, economic and spatial aspects of health and wellbeing, and how they impact on the unique strengths and challenges of working with particular populations and communities. Divided into three parts, the first section outlines the major theoretical paradigms and critical debates around social work and ideas of wellbeing, globalisation, risk and vulnerability, and the natural environment. The second part goes on to explore how diverse understandings of culture, identity, spirituality and health require different strategies for meeting health and wellbeing needs. The final part presents a variety of examples of social work research in relation to health and wellbeing with specific populations, including mental health.

Exploring how structural inequality, oppression and stigma can impact upon people, and drawing upon a social model of health, this book is an important read for all practitioners and researchers interested in social work, public health and social inclusion.

Table of Contents

1. Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing Liz Beddoe and Jane Maidment Part 1: Current Themes and Critical Issues in Health and Well-Being 2. Exploring Interpretations of Health and Wellbeing for Social Work Jane Maidment 3. Globalisation, Social Work and Health Paul Bywaters 4. Facing the Challenges Together - a Future Vision for Health Social Work Linda Haultain 5. Risk and Vulnerability Discourses in Contemporary Health Care Liz Beddoe 6. Stress, Resilience and Responding to Civil Defence Emergencies and Natural Disasters: an Ecological Approach Carole Adamson 7. Stigma in Health and Social Work: Towards a New Paradigm Viviene Cree 8. The Natural Environment and Well-Being Uschi Bay Part 2: Diverse Communities: Culture, Identity, Spirituality and Health 9. Indigenous Australian Social-Health Theory: Decolonisation, Healing—Reclaiming Wellbeing Lorraine Muller 10. Whai Ora – Maori Health Jim Anglem 11. Pacific Health Yvonne Crichton-Hill, Tanya McCall and Genevieve Togiaso 12. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual People and Discourses of Health and Wellbeing Joy Phillips 13. Disability-Inclusive Social Work Practice Helen Meekosha and Karen Soldatic Part 3: Messages from Research 14. Collaborative Practice and Family Meetings in Children’s Health Andrew Thompson and Carole Adamson 15. Improving Public Spaces for Young People: The Contribution of Participatory Research Phil Crane 16. Ageing in Resiliency: Learning from the Experiences and Perceptions of Migrant Older Adults Hong Jae Park 17. Refugee Resettlement: Considerations of Health and Wellbeing Jay Marlowe 18. Mental Health, Social Work and Professionalism Selma Macfarlane 19. Partnering in the Field of Chronic Care Service Provision Christa Fouché 20. Crafting Social Connectedness: A Community Development Model Jane Maidment, Uschi Bay and Michelle Courtenay 21. Pregnancy in an Age of Medical Technology: Decisions, Loss, and Research with a Vulnerable Population Judith McCoyd

About the Editors


Liz Beddoe is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her teaching and research interests include critical perspectives on social work education, professional supervision, the professionalization project of social work, interprofessional learning and media framing of social problems.

Jane Maidment is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Services and Social Work at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has been a practitioner in the health sector and has researched and written extensively in the areas of field education, aged care and craft as a vehicle for social connectedness. Jane currently co-ordinates field education and teaches practice skills, field integration, and theory for practice.

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