International Social Work covers a broad scope and range of international social work knowledge and research and contains seminal and landmark publications in social work with a particular emphasis on contemporary key publications to compliment earlier classic works. The readings combine empirical with conceptual articles that not only cover significant knowledge and key debates in the field but also show how international social work has developed through research.
Volume One: Welfare Theory and Approaches provides an overview of the development of welfare policy as a backdrop to the evolution of social work.
Volume Two: International Social Work Practice explores the development of contemporary social work practice approaches and examines social work's psychosocial foundations in the psychodynamic and functional schools.
Volume Three: Social Work Research chronicles the debate on what counts as evidence on which to base social work practice and, therefore, on what kind of research methods best provide valid and reliable evidence.
Volume Four: Future Challenges overviews the enduring and contemporary issues and debates surrounding social development and global social work, generalist versus specialist practice, choice, service user participation, partnerships and social networks where we have seen a move from recipients to citizens to clients to consumers.
In 2008 Stephen Webb was appointed from the University of Sussex, UK to the University of Newcastle. He is Professor of Human Sciences and Director of the newly established Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (RISIW). Professor Webb is one of the worlds leading international researchers in the field of human services, Social Policy and is a pioneer of evidence-based practice research. His influential international research and publications since the late 1980s have significantly enriched the field of human services research by bringing innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives to the evaluation of social interventions and professional practice. His 2006 book Social Work in a Risk Society is widely acclaimed by international reviewers as demonstrating advanced scholarship and integrating sociological analysis to construct new conceptual and methodological frameworks in social work. His 2001 publication: `Some considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work', British Journal of Social Work, 31 (1), pp.57-79 is the world's highest cited social work (field 1607) publication and ranked as the most influential journal article in the discipline over the past decade (Hodge et.al, 2011).
Release date Australia
January 8th, 2010
Edited by Mel Gray
Edited by Stephen A. Webb
Country of Publication
SAGE Publications Ltd
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