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Building a Holistic Environmental Model for Global Social Work

West, Deborah (2007). Building a Holistic Environmental Model for Global Social Work. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences,2(4):61-65.

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IRMA ID 78667606xPUB23
Title Building a Holistic Environmental Model for Global Social Work
Author West, Deborah
Journal Name International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1833-1882   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79954539140
Start Page 61
End Page 65
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Field of Research 1608 - Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Social workers are increasingly working with people, families and communities that are affected by the ramifications of environmental issues. Currently social work practice works from a person-in-environment perspective with particular emphasis on the social environment. Very few social work models make explicit reference to the natural environment and even fewer actually highlight the natural environment as a key factor in intervention (West, 2006). The fact that a holistic approach based on social justice and cultural inclusion is enshrined in our code of ethics (AASW, 1999) provides further impetus for exploration and development of updated theoretical frameworks. Previous work highlighted the limitations of the mainstream sociological understandings for social work education and practice (West, 2006). The current paper explores the implications of this mainstream approach in an era when global and environmental issues are increasingly impacting on social work clients. To highlight the interconnection, examples are drawn from within the Australian and international context. This article then moves to outline the key philosophical underpinnings and theory base of a holistic environmental model of social work practice.
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