The Practice Of International Social Work

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SWP 31/AB Research Proposal Lisa Davis Dec 3/14 This paper will explore the practice of international social work and some of the explanations of why it has come about, along with the consequences of internationalization for social workers, their profession and education.
. International social work has been practiced for many years. George Bwarren, first coined the term ‘international social work’, in 1943. Warren used this term to describe social work practice in agencies that engaged in organized international efforts (Xu, 2006). This term was also defined as a distinct field of practice, which stressed the importance of specific skills and knowledge to work in international agencies. An example of such agencies includes, the International Committee of the Red Cross. The definition later came to also include domestic social work practice with immigrants and refugees. (Xu, 2006). The international definition of social work as agreed upon by the IFSW and IASSW states, “ The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work” retype later (IFSW AND IASSW 2001). Western social workers began to expand their practices on a global scale following the…
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