1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work and Disaster Practice

    600 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook addresses the diversity and complexity of social work practice in the context of disasters. Drawing on international perspectives, with the inclusion of case studies, this handbook provides a resource for students, practitioners, educators and researchers seeking to prepare the social work profession for contemporary challenges associated with disasters.

    Divided into five parts, it explores the following subject areas:

    1. Conceptual aspects concerning social work’s relationship with disasters

    2. Social work’s role in preventing and preparing for disasters, and response and recovery

    3. Social work practice with specific populations

    4. Social work education and training in disasters

    5. Implications for social work organisations and policy

    Leading ideas, debates and approaches from international authors will provide Global North and South perspectives. A critical examination of research and theories for practice, including concepts of human vulnerability and community resilience, will provide the foundation for detailing the practical contributions that social workers can make at the micro, meso and macro levels of practice. Social work’s underpinning value base of social justice and human rights will also be explored in the context of the complex and dynamic nature of socio-cultural, political and economic dimensions pertaining to disasters.

    It will therefore be of interest to all social work students, academics and professionals as well as those working in allied disciplines, policy and emergency management roles.

    Section One - Social Work and Disaster Practice                 


    Chapter One – Introduction to Section One: Social Work and Disaster Practice

    Carole Adamson, Margaret Alston, Bindi Bennett, Jenny Boddy, Heather Boetto, Louise Harms and Raewyn Tudor


    Chapter Two – Decoloniality and Disasters: Re-Imagining Social Work in the Age of Disasters 

    Loretta Pyles, Megan Fowler and Laurie DeJong Zuverink 


    Chapter Three – Intersectionality and Disasters

    Julie L. Drolet


    Chapter Four – Māori Perspectives on Social Work Disaster Practice

    Carole Adamson, Susan Mlcek and Shirley Ikkala


    Chapter Five – Gender and Disasters

    Margaret Alston


    Chapter Six – Community Theoretical Perspectives

    Amanda Howard, Pam Joseph and Margot Rawsthorne


    Chapter Seven – Therapeutic Perspectives for Post-Disaster Social Work Practice

    Louise Harms, Lauren Kosta and Jessica Letch


    Chapter Eight – The Role of Social Work in Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change

    Leah Holdsworth and Jennifer Boddy


    Chapter Nine – Caring for Country: Social Workers Standing in Solidarity with Indigenous Disaster Practices

    Bindi Bennett


    Chapter Ten – Positioning Self-care for Social Workers in the Disaster Context: An Individual and Organization Perspective

    Julian Cohen-Serrins and Carol Tosone

    Chapter Eleven – Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-Being of Populations Exposed to Climate Change

    Regardt J Ferreira and Sandra B Ferreira


    Section Two - Social Work Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery


    Chapter Twelve – Introduction to Section Two: Defining Social Work Roles in Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

    Heather Boetto and Louise Harms


    Chapter Thirteen – Household Preparedness for Disasters: Implications for Social Work

    Fyowna Norton and John F. Richardson


    Chapter Fourteen – A Model of Disaster Preparedness for Building Resilient Human Service Organisations

    Heather Boetto and Karen Bell


    Chapter Fifteen – Assessing the Capacity and Impact of Community-based Organizations in Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria

    Robin Ersing


    Chapter Sixteen – Women-Led Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Workers

    Johny Augustine and Sayda Yesmin


    Chapter Seventeen – The Social Work Role in Humanitarian Initiatives

    Jessica Letch and William Abur


    Chapter Eighteen – Bridging Theory and Practice: Social Work in Disaster Response and Recovery

    Raya Hamed Hilal Al Maamari and Siobhan Laird


    Chapter Nineteen – Supporting Communities Affected by Terrorism: Lessons from the Christchurch Mosque Attacks

    Daniel Youssif-Hay, Raewyn Tudor and Jane Maidment


    Chapter Twenty – The Role of Social Workers in a Disaster: Advocacy, Activism, and Recovery

    Tasse Abye, Emebet Mulugeta and Ashenafi Hagos Baynesagn


    Chapter Twenty-one – Leadership and Management in Disaster Response and Recovery: Ruffling the Feathers of Hope

    Vaughan Milner


    Chapter Twenty-two – Social Work Roles in Disaster Response and Recovery in the Context of Mainland China

    Ke Cui and Timothy Sim


    Chapter Twenty-three – Art and Craft Making in Post-Earthquake Canterbury: Implications for Social Work

    Raewyn Tudor and Jane Maidment


    Section Three - Social Work Practice with Specific Populations


    Section Twenty-four – Introduction to Section Three: Social Work Practice with Specific Populations

    Margaret Alston


    Chapter Twenty-five – Social Work, Disasters and Rural Practice

    Margaret Alston and Tricia Hazeleger


    Chapter Twenty-six – Disaster Communication and Capacity Building with Refugees and Migrants

    Jay Marlowe, Kaylin Epp, Rohan Jaduram, and Martine Udahemuka


    Chapter Twenty-seven – Older People and Pandemic Disaster in the United Kingdom: Lessons Learned Moving Forward

    Barbara Fawcett and Konstantina Karastoyanova-Gibson


    Chapter Twenty-eight – Animal-Inclusive Disaster Social Work: Critical Reflections on Drought, Fires and Floods in South-Eastern Australia 2018-2020

    Heather Fraser


    Chapter Twenty-nine – Gender-based Violence and Disasters

    Margaret Alston


    Chapter Thirty – Supporting Children and Adolescents Post-Disaster

    Lauren Kosta, Louise Harms, Lisa Gibbs and David Rose


    Section Four - Social Work Education


    Chapter Thirty-one – Introduction to Section Four: Social Work Education

    Jennifer Boddy


    Chapter Thirty-two – Social Work and Disaster Preparedness in Specialized Field Practicum Training

    Maurya Glaude, Mignon Carpenter, Regardt (Reggie) Ferreira and Elba Figueroa


    Chapter Thirty-three – Managing Field Education in the Midst of a Pandemic

    Beth R. Crisp


    Chapter Thirty-four – Using Simulation and Virtual Reality to Prepare Social Workers for Practice During Disasters

    Sophie Goldingay and Sevi Vassos


    Chapter Thirty-five – Social Work Education and Training in Disasters: The Case of Iceland

    Guðný Björk Eydal and Ragnheiður Hergeirsdóttir


    Chapter Thirty-six – Social Work on the Frontline: Teaching Disaster Social Work in Nepal and Canada

    Bala Nikku


    Chapter Thirty-seven – Contextualizing Research Training in Disaster Settings: A Case Study of Canadian Social Work Practice Research Methods Courses in Bachelor and Master Programs

    Haorui Wu and Jodi Butler


    Chapter Thirty-eight - Social Work Education and Training in Disasters:  A Social Justice Approach from the Pacific

    Timaima Tuvuki, Malakai Waqa and Litea Meo-Sewabu


    Section Five – Social Work and Disaster Policy


    Chapter Thirty-nine – Introduction to Section 5: Social Work and Disaster Policy

    Raewyn Tudor and Heather Boetto


    Chapter Forty – Decolonising Approaches to Disaster Management, Social Work Practice and Policy

    Sue Green


    Chapter Forty-one – Social Work, Disaster Policy and Food Security: The Emergence of the Food Resilience Network in Post-earthquake Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Raewyn Tudor and Cassie Welch


    Chapter Forty-two – Working with Climate Refugees for World Adaptation: Social Work Knowledge and Practices Addressing Global Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change

    Carmen Monico, Meredith C. F. Powers, Shalee Forney, Neema Olagbemiro, Helen Tadese, and Ashley Gonzalez


    Chapter Forty-three – The Role of Social Work in Enhancing Disability Inclusion in Disaster Policy and Practice

    Khanh Ton, Carole Adamson,  JC Gaillard and Steve Ronoh


    Chapter Forty-four – Social-Psychological Emergency and Disaster Risk Management: An Under-acknowledged Aspect of International Policy

    Johnston HC Wong, Candy T Zhou and Karen WT Fang


    Carole Adamson (English/Pakeha New Zealand) has been a social work educator in Aotearoa New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, focusing on mental health, resilience, stress, trauma, and disasters.

    Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and Emeritus Professor at Monash University, Australia.

    Bindi Bennett, PhD, G/Kamilaori academic, woman, mother, and social worker, is a Professorial Research Fellow at Federation University, Australia, living and working on Jinibara lands.

    Jennifer Boddy is Professor of Social Work and Dean (Sustainable Development Goals Performance) at Griffith University, Australia

    Heather Boetto lives, works, and plays on Wiradjuri Country and is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Arts at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

    Louise Harms is Chair and Head in the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Raewyn Tudor is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.