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International Social Work


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Foreword by Katherine A. Kendall Preface 1: International Social Work: Why Is It Important and What Is It? Section I: The Context of International Social Work: Concepts, Issues and Organizations 2: Theories and Concepts Underpinning International Social Work: Globalization 3: Theories and Concepts Underpinning International Social Work: Development and Human Rights 4: Global Social Issues 5: International Social Welfare Organizations and their Functions Section II: The Profession Internationally 6: The History of the Development of Social Work 7: International Professional Action: A Selective History 8: Social Work Around the World Today Section III: International Social Work: Values, Practice and Policy 9: Values and Ethics for International Professional Action 10: Lara Herscovitch and Lynne Healy: International Relief and Development Practice 11: International/Domestic Practice Interface 12: Understanding and Influencing Global Policy Section IV: Strengthening International Social Work: Strategies and Challenges 13: International Exchange: An Essential Mechanism for International Social Work 14: Social Work as a Force for Humane Global Change and Development Appendix A: Ethics in Social Work: Statement of Principles -International Federation of Social Workers and International Association of Schools of Social Work Appendix B: United Nations Millenneum Development Goals and Targets (MDGs) Appendix C: United Nations Summit for Social Development- Ten Commitments Appendix D: Human Development Index Rankings (HDI) for Countries Appendix E: Milestones in the International History of Social Work Around the World Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations Index

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Lynne Healy, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work and Director of the Center for International Social Work Studies at the University of Connecticut.


"Lynne Healy's new edition of International Social Work will be welcomed by social work educators and practitioners alike who will find that it provides important new insights into the way the profession is responding to pressing social needs, and meeting the challenge of promoting social and human rights in our contemporary world. It deserves to be widely read."--James Midgley, Harry and Riva Specht Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley "As this comprehensive book thoroughly demonstrates, social work must be international to be relevant today. The social problems and conditions arising out of globalization create for the social work profession significant areas of international responsibility and demands for expanded knowledge and competencies. This, combined with the far-reaching opportunities offered by the technological revolution in communication, makes international involvement inevitable. This thoroughly researched and scholarly presentation of international social work in its every aspect-policy, practice, theory, history, education, ethics and values-should become required reading for social work faculty and students in North America and elsewhere, and for all professionals facing the challenge of improving human well-being in the 21st century."--from the new Foreword by Kathleen A. Kendall, Honorary President, IASSW

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