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International Social Work

What is International Social Work?

International social work means those social work activities and concerns that transcend national and cultural boundaries.(Sanders & Peterson, 1984).

International social work is defined as international, professional action and the capacity for international action by the social work profession and its members

There are four dimensions of international action

1. Internationally related domestic practice and advocacy

2. Professional exchange

3. International practice

4. International policy development and advocacy

Components of International Social Work

Comparative Social Welfare

International Practice

Cross-Cultural Knowledge and Understanding

Intergovernmental Work on Social Welfare

Concern and Action on Global Social Problems

Professional Exchange Activities

A General Worldview

Sanders, D. S., & Peterson, P. (Eds.). (1984). Education for international social welfare. Manoa: University of Hawaii School of Social Work