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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2010): Social care - overseas

Challenges facing social work education in Africa

L.-K. J. Mwansa

International Social Work, vol.53, 2010, p. 129-136

A strong professional organisation is needed to lead the transformation of social work training in Africa from models relying on Western values and knowledge into Afro-centric models based on indigenous knowledge systems and local values and practices. Such an organisation would give social work a voice and act as a bridge for interaction with relevant agencies.

Spiritual diversity in social work practice: the heart of helping. 2nd ed.

E. Canda and L. Furman

Oxford: OUP, 2010

Many of the people served by social workers draw upon spirituality, by whatever names they call it, to help them thrive, to succeed at challenges, and to infuse their resources and relationships with meaning beyond mere survival value. This revised and expanded edition of a classic text provides a comprehensive framework of values, knowledge, skills, and evidence for spiritually sensitive practice with diverse clients. Weaving together interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as the results from a national survey of practitioners, the authors describe a spiritually oriented model for practice that places clients' challenges and goals within the context of their deepest meanings and highest aspirations. Using richly detailed case examples and thought-provoking activities, this text illustrates the professional values and ethical principles that guide spiritually sensitive practice. It presents definitions and conceptual models of spirituality and religion; makes connections between spiritual diversity and cultural, gender, and sexual orientation diversity; and offers insights from Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, indigenous religions, Islam, Judaism, existentialism, and transpersonal theory. The book guides professionals in understanding and assessing spiritual development and related mental health issues and outlines techniques that support transformation and resilience, such as meditation, mindfulness, ritual, forgiveness, and engagement of individual and community-based spiritual support systems.

Towards a Christian understanding of the concept of human 'community', with special reference to the praxis of a non-government human services delivery organisation

G.J. Clarke, A.J.B. Cameron and M.P. Jensen

Evangelical Review of Society and Politics, vol. 3, Oct. 2009, p. 22-40

Anglicare Sydney is the urban mission and community care arm of the evangelical Anglican diocese of Sydney. This article attempts to develop a specifically Christian understanding of and approach to the concept of 'community' to underpin and inform Anglicare's programme of service delivery. This understanding is based on a Biblical theology of community, rather than on contemporary theories.

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