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Social Work in Africa: Exploring Culturally Relevant Education and Practice in Ghana

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Book Series: Africa: Missing Voices ISSN: 17031826 ISBN: 9781552385968 Year: Pages: 215 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: History
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Social Work in Africa offers professors, students, and practitioners insight concerning social work in the African context. Its purpose is to encourage examination of the social work curriculum and to demonstrate practical ways to make it more culturally relevant. Drawing on her experience as a social work instructor in Ghana with field research conducted for her doctoral thesis, author Linda Kreitzer addresses the history of social work in African countries, the hegemony of western knowledge in the field, and the need for culturally and regionally informed teaching resources and programs. Guided by a strong sense of her limitations and responsibilities as a privileged outsider and a belief that "only Ghanaians can critically look at and decide on a culturally relevant curriculum for themselves," Kreitzer utilizes Participatory Action Research methodology to successfully move the topic of culturally relevant practices from rhetoric to demonstration. Social Work in Africa is aimed at programs and practise in Ghana; at the same time, it is intended as a framework for the creation of culturally relevant social work curricula in other African countries and other contexts.

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Professional Social Work in Australia

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ISBN: 9781921934278 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_610990 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Social and Public Welfare --- History --- Medicine (General)
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This is an unchanged republication of the first historical account of the social work profession in Australia. It traces the development of social work education and professional social work in the larger, more industrialised societies overseas before the same developments began in Australia in the late 1920s, and it notes the part played by overseas influence in the subsequent 30-odd years. The book concentrates on the development of training bodies and their courses, the spread of qualified social workers into various fields of employment in Australia’s expanding health and welfare services, and the growth of professional associations and their programmes. The author assesses the occupational group in terms of accepted attitudes towards the established professions. He concludes with a discussion of major contemporary issues facing the Australian social work profession.

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australia --- social work --- history

The Service User as a Partner in Social Work Projects and Education

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ISBN: 9783847409298 9783847405078 Year: Pages: 144 DOI: 10.3224/84740507 Language: English
Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich
Subject: Social and Public Welfare
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To become a competent social worker it is essential to know the perspective of the service users. Therefore, service users are more and more included in field research projects and the instruction of social workers to-be. However, they are usually reduced to the role of informants and not actively taking part as co-partners. For the first time, this anthology gives an overview of courses in which service users and students share their experiences and work together on the same level using gapmending methods. The applications and evaluations of these courses in different European countries are discussed in this volume.

Soziale Arbeit und die Soziale Frage

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ISBN: 9783037771839 9783037777244 Year: Pages: 265 Language: English
Publisher: Seismo
Subject: Social and Public Welfare
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"For a long time, the use of the term «Social Question» was referred to as being a phenomenon of the 19th century, related to the social changes taking place during that period. Today, however, the so-called Social Question is increasingly linked to current societal challenges, such as global migration, radical demographic change, or increased social divisions in both public and professional debates.
In the light of the above, the present volume approaches the complexity of social issues and social work, whereby contributions with a historical, theoretical, phenomenological or political focus stand side by side, in both complementary or contradictory ways. The main purpose is to create references to actuality and to identify potentials for development which should help to deal with the historical meaning of the Social Question as well as to recontextualize the latter in our time."

Issues Around Aligning Theory, Research and Practice in Social Work Education

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Book Series: Knowledge Pathing: Multi-, Inter- and Trans-Disciplining in Social Sciences Series ISBN: 9781928396604 Year: Pages: 418 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2018.BK76 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS
Subject: Social Sciences
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Issues Around Aligning Theory, Research and Practice in Social Work Education provides a reflection on social work education with a slant towards an Afrocentric approach, aiming to facilitate strong reflective thinking and to address local realities about social work education on the African continent as well as in broader global contexts. This volume focuses on issues around aligning theory, research and practice in social work education. 

A significant contribution is made here to the scholarly understanding of opportunities to sustain the academic discourse on social work education. Social work as a profession and a social science discipline is dynamic, and it ought to meet the challenges of the realities of the societies in which it serves, given the history of the changing society of South Africa from apartheid to democracy. Over the years, social work education and training has undergone tremendous curricular changes with the enactment of the White Paper for Social Welfare and the national review, respectively, by the South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the re-accreditation of all Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programmes in South Africa fulfilling the prescripts of the Higher Education Act (No. 101 of 1997, as amended) and Social Service Professions Act (No. 110 of 1978). It is worth mentioning that the curricular changes will also continue with the current reviewing of Social Service Professions Act (No. 110 of 1978), as amended, which is underway in South Africa. 

This book is really ground-breaking! The Afrocentric perspective on social work practice contributes to the current discourse on decolonisation of social work teaching and practice. From a methodological perspective, the book is premised on multi-, inter- and trans-disciplining in social sciences. It covers aspects of social work education and practice through research (narrative, qualitative, African methodology, secondary data analysis, etc.), engendering values and ethics, report writing, supervision in fieldwork as well as exchange programmes and international service-learning, addressing a number of concepts such as cultural competency, cultural awareness and sensitivity are addressed.

AVATAR Therapy for Refractory Auditory Hallucinations (Book chapter)

Book title: Brief Interventions for Psychosis

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ISBN: 9783319305196 Year: Pages: 13 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30521-9_4 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Grant: Wellcome Trust - 098272
Subject: Psychiatry --- Psychology
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AVATAR therapy is part of a new and exciting wave of therapies which adopt an explicitly
relational and dialogic approach to working with the distressing voices. To understand
the AVATAR approach, it is important to consider its position in the evolution
of psychological interventions for distressing voices.

Brief Interventions for Psychosis

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ISBN: 9783319305196 Year: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30521-9 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Grant: Wellcome Trust - 098272
Subject: Psychiatry --- Psychology
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This book offers a clinical guide that brings together a broad range of brief interventions and their applications in treating psychosis. It describes two core approaches that can narrow the current, substantial gap between the need for psychotherapeutic interventions for all individuals suffering from psychosis, and the limited mental health resources available. The first approach involves utilizing the standard therapeutic modalities in the context of routine clinical interactions after adapting them into brief and effective formats. To that end, the book brings in experts on various psychotherapeutic modalities, who discuss how their particular modality could be adapted to more effectively fit into the existing system of care delivery.
The second approach, addressed in detail, is to extend the availability of these brief interventions by utilizing the circle of providers as well as the social circle of the clients so that these interventions can be provided in a coordinated and complementary manner by psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, case managers, peer support specialists and other providers on the one hand, and by family members, friends, social and religious institutions on the other.

The Public Value of Anthropology

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ISBN: 9788860460769 9788860461148 Year: Pages: 174 Language: English
Publisher: bu,press
Subject: Anthropology
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Accessible to non-specialists and researchers interested in ethnography, this volume offers an introduction into the uses of anthropology for engaging contemporary social issues. The editors’ essay surveys the development of anthropological research from its early exotic, non-Western focus to today’s debate over increasingly engaged approaches within a globalized society. The case studies utilize anthropology’s hallmark ethnographic methodology to address issues ranging from refugee reception and recognition to fair trade, intercultural education, and encounters with Gypsy populations.

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