Magazine article Policy & Practice

Social Work Visions from around the Globe: Citizens, Methods and Approaches

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Social Work Visions from around the Globe: Citizens, Methods and Approaches

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Social Work Visions From Around the Globe: Citizens, Methods and Approaches By Anna Metteri, Teppo Kroger, Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala. Softcover/477 pages/The Haworth Press, first edition. 2004/ISBN 0-7890-2367-9 List Price $39.95

Here is a book for those interested in getting an international perspective on how they are faring with their work in human services. "Social Work Visions From Around the Globe" examines the principles and dilemmas of social work with people whose health is under threat.

Compiled and edited by Anna Metteri, an associate professor of social policy and social work at the University of Tampere, Finland, and three of her colleagues, this collection of essays brings the world of social work from five continents into the classroom and everyday practice. The book explores key issues in social work in health and mental health from the early historical roots of social work to developing a human rights perspective on the lives of men who face capital punishment. Chapters from around the world bring a new light to social work practice and understanding. With each chapter, the reader is introduced to challenging concepts and methods of practice that reflect the cultures and histories of diverse communities.

The book is divided into two sections. The first half discusses the position of individuals and families as users of health and mental health care services. Specific cases in the book include social work situations for children with disabilities, people with mentally illness, elderly individuals, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. This text includes research and findings on the challenges and solutions faced by social workers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

The second part of the book focuses on different approaches to social work in health and mental health that address:

* The diversity of societies and cultures;

* Strengthening the voice of the social worker and clients;

* The expertise of service users;

* Development of methods;

* Family life and childhood in global comparison; and

* Human rights issues in social work.

Rosemary Sheehan of Monash University, Victoria, Australia, describes how children of parents with mental health problems comprised just under 30 percent of all new child protection applications brought to the Melbourne Children's Court and referred to alternative dispute resolution during the first half of 1998. …

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